The Pussification of the American School System
By Mr. Twisted
Three students in a Virginia Beach middle school are facing suspension for handling and possession of a firearm. With the dangers of shootings inside schools and the dangers our children face, it is understandable why the school would crack down so hard on these kids.
Just kidding. It’s utterly ridiculous.
The kids had airsoft guns and, here’s the best part—they were shooting them at each other in their own yard.
Apparently, as they waited for the bus, these little rapscallions were running around their property blasting each other with air soft pistols. In other words, they were being American boys and doing what American boys have done for several decades. The school system felt that this was grounds for not only suspension, but possible expulsion for the entirety of the school year.
There are, as you can already see, a number of problems here; the first of which has to do with the concept of school authority and how far it goes. We are living in a society that employs an increasingly authoritarian school system that is simultaneously less and less effective at accomplishing its number one task of educating our youth.
The school in question claims that the boys were shooting their air soft guns at the bus itself as well as the students getting on the bus. Naturally, the boys deny this accusation outright and state that they were only on their own property. Regardless of the veracity of either claim, the question still remains: where does school authority start and stop?
Take as another example the recent story in West Virginia of a student who was not only told to take off his NRA t-shirt, but also had the police called on him for wearing it. The boy had not posed a threat or offered any verbally; he stated plainly that his shirt was well within the regulations of his school’s dress code and was subsequently charged with “disrupting an educational process and obstructing an officer,” according to the student.
What do you suppose the school would have done if the boy had worn a PETA shirt?
Of course this goes well beyond these isolated stories. As we all know, the plural of anecdote does not represent data. However, something else we all know is the direction our schools are headed—and it ain’t good. Examples such as these are all too frequent.
From the banning of children making Pop Tarts into guns to the elimination of contact sports on the playground, our schools have become institutions focused far more on eliminating any harm of any kind instead of one that encourages them to be challenged either by teachers or one another. The modern school has a list of “don’t do___” that will boggle your mind and leave you scratching your head in wonder.
I have two children currently enrolled in the public educational system. While I do understand that teaching children the fundamentals of learning is certainly no easy task, I also know that they seem to spend an exorbitant amount of time on things of very little value to their overall purpose for being there.
Much like the soldiers in today’s Army that I would far rather see trained in fundamentals like weapons handling, combatives, and patrolling, I would be ecstatic if my children could just be taught the basics of reading, writing, mathematics, and geography. But, in a similar way to the modern Army, those subjects have been replaced by cultural awareness, sensitivity, and equality presentations. Our kids today may not know how to write a complete sentence or place Asia on a map, but they can spot a bully and tell you how bad humans have screwed up the planet with global warming.
There was a time in our country when kids could play tackle football on the playground and learn hunter’s education in the classroom. There was a time in our public educational system when our children could go and be held to a standard of learning that meant, if they passed, they had a set of tools that would allow them to succeed in any number of fields.
While I am always leery of mythologizing the past into something it never was—Leave it to Beaver, it was not—it is easy to see that our educational system is failing in a big way. A quick Google search of where America ranks in the world concerning literacy, geographical knowledge, and mathematical proficiency will show that we no longer lead the world in any area of academics, and sadly, we aren’t even close.
The school systems answer this critique by demanding “more.” More what? Pick one: funding, authority, unicorn tears, etc. Yet, as the question posed earlier indicates, the lines of school authority are already more than blurred, and they are becoming entrenched in the notion that they should have the ultimate say. Whatever their reasoning—“safety” is the big one in regards to anything gun-related, of course—I think it is high time to ask the simple question of what benefit, if any, has “more” gotten us so far?
Personally, I would be in favor of more rules and regulations on my kids—if it meant that they were learning. Uniforms? You bet. Regimented exercise? Why not. Show me the results—that they are learning to read and write with a higher proficiency than they were previously—and I will support that 100%.
But that’s not what “more” means in education today. The pussification of America is seen nowhere more clearly than in our public school system. Boys are chastised for being exactly what they are while girls are hoisted up with hollow models of self-esteem building that foster an ever-growing, sense-of-entitlement culture where everyone feels they should be a movie star and is pissed off if they aren’t.
Cases like the boys facing expulsion for shooting air soft guns at one another are not just anecdotal; they are indicative of a culture that has demonized masculinity and acted out of fear rather than logic. Our school system does not quell the fears of our youth by issuing strong doses of reality; it perpetuates lack of responsibility by building a kabuki theater of illusion that is more babysitting than teaching.
Ours is a society that has allowed for far too long the concept of indoctrination rather than education of children. And we’re going to pay for it in a big way.