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The Pussification of the American School System

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Updated: September 26, 2013
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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.

toygunThe 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.

 

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  1. Shiftee

    September 26, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Spot on. This is the most accurate and on point perspective I have seen on this modern American crisis. I’d tell America to “ruck up” if I didn’t feel like I’d need a permission slip first.

    • Janeness

      September 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

      While I agree with many points of this article. I disagree from the standpoint that it pins nearly all of the responsibility on the educational system and none to little on the parents. I have many educators in my family who will testify that behavioral issues are a huge problem when it comes educating a whole classroom of children. It doesn’t help when you have irresponsible parents giving their children ‘Redbull’ to keep them awake in the morning because they were out the night before, or telling the teacher their child doesn’t need to do their homework because they were at a ball game the night before. Parents are a huge problem when it comes to the entitlement mentality that they are instilling into their kids. Again, I agree with many of the points in this article (especially how modern education methods cater more towards girls and boys are falling WAY BEHIND). BUT!!! The parent is still the primary educator of their children as it should be. If society doesn’t want the public education to overextend their reach then they need to do a better job parenting.

  2. Tim Kendrick

    September 26, 2013 at 9:25 am

    When I retired from the service I went thru the troops to teachers program and ended up teaching 4th and 5th grade resource in a small west Texas school district. You would think the goal would be to get the kids up to speed and back in the regular classroom, but it wasn’t. The goal was to get a kid identified and into the program and keep them there as long as possible. That brought tons of money into the school district that wouldn’t come in otherwise. Learning ws fine, we had to show SOME progress, after all. But turning a student back into a regular classroom was not the goal.

    • Kate

      September 27, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Thank you for the “insider honesty”. To think that we have pirated the children for a cash flow should make us all angry. I have a brother who works as a respiratory therapist and took four months of consistent respiratory exercise to get a young middle-aged man off a nine-year-long respirator dependency in a nursing home. The man was exuberant as the Nursing Home had a farewell party for him. The next week my brother was fired for “losing” a cash cow for the nursing home. Guess getting fired can be a sort of
      medal of honor sometimes.

  3. Ghengisdad

    September 26, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Well done. Thank you.

  4. Jorge

    September 26, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Great article.

  5. DL Durand

    September 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

    A major contributor to the development of the outrageous “don’t do ___” lists has to do with fear of litigation. Our country’s legal system (“justice” system is no longer an accurate term) caters to lawsuits by parents that are otherwise uninvolved in proper rearing of their own offspring. That is until the undisciplined/whiney child gets hurt (often just their feelings) and then it’s PAYDAY!

    Unfortunately, it’s “We, the people…” that have caused, or at least allowed, these conditions to evolve.

    • Jeff

      September 26, 2013 at 10:44 am

      i don’t have anything to add, just wanted to say good point. You hit on another area of irritation for me.

  6. james allen

    September 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I agree 100%. But would like to add while doing the above stated these same schools support and protect their sports teams. From what I’ve seen its the school atheletes that are generally the most violent and agressive students that tend to do the most bullying of other student. So to me what these schools are saying is ” Its acceptable to be a violent bully, just as long as youre popular or a football player.”

    • Sgt. Stringcheese

      September 26, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Couldn’t disagree more, athletes should be (and are) held to a higher standard. Do some schools focus on sports too much, sure but that reflects on the parents, it all starts at home. The school where my oldest son went had a problem with little thugs picking on the younger kids. They put football players in the stairwells between classes, my son observed one of the little turds starting to mess with another kid, my son simply told him “you pick on him, you pick on me”. The stuff stopped quickly.
      Football and other sports are supposed to teach young men and women lessons in life, in most cases they do and these kids go on to be successful.

      • Gunship Load

        September 27, 2013 at 4:25 pm

        I agree, real athletes are held to a higher standard, or should be. Look at what the AF Academy did to their starting QB this week. In a perfect world it would be that way everywhere, but we are currently living in the world of “Everyone Gets a Trophy”….

        When you have that type of society, you do not get any of the “good” life lessons competitive sports teaches.

        Look at what the People’s Democratic Republic of California is doing to coaches that do not play by the “Mercy Rule”. They are fining them, and threatening to suspend them for the rest of the season.

        Again, that “Everyone Gets a Trophy” rears its ugly fucking head…

    • jules

      September 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      I disagree james, athletes are usually required to sign an agreement that they will meet a certain GPA , abide by all laws and be a pillar in the community, or some similar type of agreement. Maybe in the movies they are portrayed like you mentioned but in real life it is different

      • Matt

        September 27, 2013 at 1:34 am

        Meh, not sure where you went to school, but James’ assessment was pretty spot on. These agreements they sign are usually pretty lenient with low requirements. Like, must pass your classes with C’s or something (hooray, 2.0 GPA) and you can’t get suspended from school. Things that with minimal effort, the average kid can do. Where I went to high school, most athletes were fine. But it there were more A-holes that happened to be football players than the general population. It’s not a school thing, it’s a culture thing. Athletes are glorified, and as a result, it gets extended to school.

  7. Ed

    September 26, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Well said, Mr Twisted,
    I have been watching the PC infection of education grow, and I’m stunned at how compliant the hosts have all been (unless cases where sanity prevailed never reach the media, and we don’t hear about it).

    When adorable little 5 year-old girls are suspended from Kindergarten and stuck with a police record of making ‘Terrorist Threats’, for giggling to her friend about her
    Pink Hello Kitty Bubble Maker, we’re in big trouble.
    When the “adult” school administrators have time to review and reflect, and stand by the charges, we’re over
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/19/pennsylvania-girl-5-suspended-for-threatening-to-shoot-girl-with-pink-toy-gun/

    You could write an entire series on this, Mr Twisted.
    And perhaps one of us should, because millions of parents, (and other Americans sharing society with the last few and next few generations) have NO idea of the severity or reach of the systemic changes infecting every aspect of public indoctrin, ah, education.

  8. Dave

    September 26, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Don’t let the global proficiency ratings fool you, America tests students differently. Although it may be pussification, we educate everyone K-12, therefore test everyone K-12, including special needs students (autism, dyslexia, downs syndrome, etc.) The majority of other countries are only educating students for a few years, then they go off to a trade school or enter the work force. Only the best and brightest get to continue education in most countries, therefore only the best and brightest get tested. Pussification? Yes. Dumber? Unlikely.

    • Blake

      September 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

      I would be interested if you can provide a source. While I understand we rank significantly lower than other industrialized nations, I have always wondered the polling differences in the surveys that rank individual countries.

      • JoeC

        September 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm

        I don’t have a source, but I have personal experience. When I was in college the Asian students were always better than the American students in science and math. It was obvious they had been better prepared for college than we had been. Maybe they were the 1%ers from their country, but they were still better. And there were more of them than there were of us in my major. However, when it came to practical application they were clueless. Ask them to design or build something and you would likely get a blank stare and maybe even some tears of shame.

        It also isn’t very difficult to see how much more important culture and history is to them. If you go to Pearl Harbor you will find as many Japanese there as you will find Americans. And the Japanese children actually know what they are looking at and what it means. The American children don’t have a clue for the most part. Maybe this is because the entirety of American history is only a rounding error on Japanese history, but American children, and even Americans in general, don’t have near the concept of where we’ve been and where we want to go that Asians have.

      • Bec

        September 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm

        No statistics, just anecdotal, which as mentioned is not equal to data. But current testing does include all special ed students regardless of severity of disability. I’ve been researching Pennsylvania’s testing modifications because I have a son with autism. He’s an A student in mainstream math, but can’t pass the standardized test for anything. With him, it appears to be the difference in ability to focus on a 20-30 minute test in class versus being able to hold it together for five hours of intensive testing.

        Contrast that with his neurologically normal sister – she passed the required-for-graduation Algebra test at age 12. Easier for a girl and a non special needs student to focus for that long.

      • Bryan

        September 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm

        The proof is out there. Many European countries have a two track system. Students are intensified at an early age and sent to either trade schools or specialized higher institutions. You do not get a choice like our students do.
        The tests reflect their specialized studends, vresidence our entire student body. Were you to separate our students like they do, you would a much truer standing.
        Personally I feel our education system should follow a similar model. We have a shortage of skilled workers, and too many students struggling through college because they believe they need a diploma to succeed.

    • Mr. Twisted

      September 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      “In 2007, the Education Department tweaked the law to allow 2 percent of students per state to learn a curriculum based on “modified” objectives and be measured on an aligned test.”

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/27/arne-duncan-special-education_n_3819045.html

      See also:

      http://www.hks.harvard.edu/pepg/PDF/Papers/PEPG12-03_CatchingUp.pdf

      So, as of 2013, no, not all students are being tested the same.

      Also, “dumber” is not the same as proficient. Consider this: a physics professor recently lamented to me the fact that America’s kids are absolutely awful in math and science and that we are “importing” them because we have so few who are competent here. This isn’t a case of one professor; many have been touting the same claims for years. We are, in any tangible sense, falling way behind on core subjects. All research data backs this up.

      • A proud public educator

        September 26, 2013 at 7:28 pm

        Yeah…that 2%? Those are the kids who have to have an aid with them at all times to do the basics like wipe their noses, their rear ends, their mouths, to feed them, to hold their pencils in their hands. They are helping high school aged kids learn what most kids go into kindergarten already knowing. The rest of the special education population (LD, BD, dyslexic, ADHD, etc) gets tested right alongside everyone else.

        • Mr. Twisted

          September 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm

          I wrote it already, but will do so again. “Dyslexic” is only “special education” because of the exact point of the article; we have forgone logic in favor of things like knee-jerk labels. Let me repeat, the clinical definition of dyslexia is so broad that a vast number of kids could fit under that umbrella.

          Stating that “dyslexic” and “ADHD” “gets tested right alongside everyone else” implies that they should be educated separately. For the overwhelming majority of cases, no, they shouldn’t be. The fact that we have bought into labels such as those without truly understanding them goes right along with the whole point of this article.

        • Mr. Twisted

          September 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm

          Additionally, the point of linking the article referencing the 2% was to prove that, no, not everyone is tested the same. The fact that the DoE is trying make it so that everyone is (and the fact that so many are fighting against it) should show that to be false.

    • Mr. Twisted

      September 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Dave,

      A couple other things: You mentioned both autism and dyslexia. These are incredibly broad definitions, especially with the latter. To say that kids with dyslexia are tested along side everyone else is slightly misleading, given what dyslexia actually is (as opposed to what most people believe it to be). The clinical definition of the term applies it to way more kids than most realize, and goes to show our lack of ability in the educational system to teach children to read properly.

      The simple fact is this: children with dyslexia should be taught to read exactly like those who supposedly don’t have it. If reading is taught properly, it addresses the same issues in all students. The point being that testing students with “dyslexia” is not affecting our poor scores, because the definition is so broad that nearly everyone can have it to some degree.

      • Sgt. Stringcheese

        September 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm

        Mr. Twisted,
        You are incorrect, when a child is identified and given an IEP (Individual Education Plan)there has to be a defienentcy to a specific percentile. Dyslexia is a broad term and it’s forms differ, many children who are classified as dyslexic also have processing issues. Their brains are simply wired different, to get an IEP extensive testing has to be done, once a child is identified all he has to do is show improvement in test scores. Those results do not count against the schools overall score. Some school districts and parents use IEP’s as a crutch, that was not it’s intent. Many people are critical of the “No Child Left Behind Act”, I’m not it benefitted my son greatly.
        Dyslexic students do need to be taught coping strategies by different systems such as the Barton System and Orton-Gillingham to be successful readers early on, the coping strategies kick in as the child matures. It also has to do with genetics, my wife’s side of the family suffer from one form or another, they are all successful college educated professionals. My wife ran a multi-million dollar business, yet she can’t understand a measuring cup.
        I fought our school district on these issues, our school district is in the top 2% of public schools.

        • Mr. Twisted

          September 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm

          Sgt. Stringcheese,

          Your response is slightly confusing, so if I misunderstand parts of it, I apologize. But I would like to address a couple of your points.

          You begin by saying I am incorrect, yet I am unclear as to how, exactly. Yes, I am quite familiar with IEPs, but those are in some senses part of the problem in addition to being part of the solution (in a round-a-bout way).

          For example, you state that many children who have dyslexia “also have processing issues.” This goes back to my earlier point; these terms are so incredibly vague that nobody truly has a handle on them. It also classifies children as being “different” and needing “special education.” But here’s the real kicker and the crux of my point: systems like Orton-Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell are what *all* systems of reading should be based on.

          We have bought into the nonsense that these systems are only for “special ed” kids. They’re not. Were all children taught in those methods from the beginning, we would have far fewer labeled as “dyslexic,” which is, again, a broad term that means a whole host of different things that can all be summed up by saying “difficulty reading.” Under the current, clinical definition of dyslexia, far more people have it than are diagnosed; those who are diagnosed are often just the ones who sought help and got tested.

          • Sgt. Stringcheese

            September 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm

            I’m familiar with educators dislike for IEP’s, I can speak from experience that many parents use the IEP as a weapon and a way to head of discipline. I would also agree with the problem/solution statement. My son gets special education services during the school day to assist with his reading development. He has made great strides BECAUSE of his IEP, he goes to a Blue Ribbon school and a district that has some of the highest test scores in the state. They tend to teach to the higher functioning kids and let those struggling falter.
            He is a normal, athletic, social butterfly kind of kid, but he is wired differently, so are many of his relatives who are educated successful professionals.
            We had him tested extensively both through the school and outside sources. He met the threshold and the school somewhat balked at their legal requirements to provide services. Luckily we have a relative who is a school psycologist and she advocated for him and called the district on several improper procedures and requirements.
            I’m far from a helicopter parent, I know the processes envoked by the “special education” label. In my case it is prudent, nessessary, and the district is legally required to comply.
            The bottom line is he is adjusting and doing much better, we did all this at great expense and all we want is for him to succeed. We did seek the help because we KNEW early on he was going to struggle. Our process was not the least bit vauge, we had to meet thresholds and percentiles while fighting the district.

  9. Malcolm Deavers

    September 26, 2013 at 11:25 am

    This is spot on representative of today’s schools. When did schools stop being school, and parents stop being parents?

  10. Army SGT

    September 26, 2013 at 11:48 am

    After reading this, I looked into it some more. There is more to this story, than innocent boys having fun. They werent on private property, and they weren’t just shooting each other. They were shooting other kids at the bus stop, from the street, other yards, ect. Did the mother who called the police over react? Sure. Did the school over react. Yea. But, these boys have a history of being bullies, in which one of the boys has been “disciplined six times in less than 18 months for “increasingly aggressive behavior” including harassment, bullying and fighting that has caused injuries”. A statement made to the media by his MOM. How bout we see it for what it really is, 3 undisciplined little dicks, by Pussyficated Parents. The parents should be held accountable for letting thier boys act like thugs at the bus stop. If my kid had been out there getting shot by them, I’d go straight to the closest male figure at the house, and give him a free combatives lesson, courtesy of a Cavalry Vet. First Team.

    • B

      September 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Army sgt i read this and came to the same conclusion. i dont have any kids (or any that i know of) those kids are growing up to be douches. And might i add another shit article by mr. Twisted. Do some research instead of just stealing from foxnews.com

      • Mr. Twisted

        September 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        Brilliant comment, B.

        I’ll tell you what; as soon as you get a grasp of the English language and rules of punctuation, grammar, and capitalization, I’ll start taking your comments seriously.

        Yours truly,

        Mr. Twisted

  11. Lisa

    September 26, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Thank you so much for finally putting into the media what no one wants to say.

    • Mr. Twisted

      September 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Keith,

      Completely agreed. That story makes me all kinds of angry.

  12. Sgt. Stringcheese

    September 26, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    IMHO the blame for most of this falls strictly on todays parents. I’ve worked in and around schools for well over 20yrs. Educators are some of the most dedicated and hard working people I know. All too often, when handing out discipline they are met with “my little Johnny would never do that”. Many of the helicopter parents of today do not hold their kids responsible and pass blame onto the school.
    Sure there are ridiculous examples of “zero tolerance” policies that defy common sense, when these things happen parents should stand up to the school. Schools have become very liability sensitive, another reflection of our society.
    We have two grown kids in their 20’s, and one in elementary school (deployments have a way of helping that happen, he looks a lot like the mailman, but I digress). All our kids knew they would be held accountable (by us) for acting up in school. We’ve fought a couple of (non-behavioral) battles with the school and won, but his teachers know if he gets in trouble, the school is the least of his worries.
    There is PC mission creep in schools no doubt, but if reasonable parents stand their ground it’s surprising how fast they will back down. Again, this falls squarely on the shoulders of the parents.

  13. Bryan

    September 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    They should be, but they are not. It has been so common that athletes bully weaker kids, and get favoritism in school, that is has become a cliche. It has been going on for generations.
    Just loom at the recent story of the coaches kicking every member off a high school football team because of the very behavior you disagree with.
    Athletes at all levels are put upon a pedestal at all levels, and they let it affect them in negative ways, all too often.

  14. Pete

    September 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    When I go to active duty locations for any sort of duty, I will get my kids t-shirts from the PX or clothing sales. So I went to FT Carson for Annual training 2 years ago. I purchased a t-shirt for my 14 year old, it had the 4ID patch on top of crossed M4’s with the words “Fort Carson, CO.” over the top. My daughter was “dress coded” for wearing a shirt with weapons on it. Really folks. If this rule were in place when I was a kid 3/4’s of my wardrobe would have been out of play as my mom and dad did the same thing for me when they went TDY someplace.

    • Army SGT

      September 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Pete, My kids go to school on base, and would be sent home, and possibly a call to my CO for wearing the same thing. ON BASE.

    • hey

      September 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Why is she wearing a shirt with the patch of 4id? Is she 4id?

  15. Eric

    September 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    It starts at home. Parents need to hold their kids accountable for their actions. Whether that is helping with homework, making sure their kids aren’t out of control, etc. Too many parents think it is the school’s responsibility to raise their children. If we as parents instill the proper amount of discipline in our children, the schools will be a better environment to learn and grow.

    My wife volunteers at my son’s school. Every time she goes to help, homework isn’t completed and the parents haven’t even opened the backpack to see what is inside. The parents are then politely reminded by the teacher to have their children do homework. Do those parents do the homework the next week? No. The teachers have no teeth in which to reprimand a parent because they are too scared to be fired by some sue happy mom that is too worried what her “friends” (the wrong word for children) will think of her.

    Schools are too worried about parents to worry about instilling any sense of direction/pride/discipline in these kids. Just get them through without a lawsuit and they are good.

    • Mr. Twisted

      September 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Eric,

      I agree with you in part. While I fully support the notion that everything begins and ends with the parents (and that they are the ones ultimately responsible for raising the children), the school should certainly bear some burden, given the amount of time they have the children each day as well as the number of tax dollars they receive.

      Additionally, there are some factors that are misunderstood. Consider your story of your wife volunteering and finding out that the children haven’t done their homework. The question that isn’t being asked enough is, why do these kids have homework at all?

      Though that may seem strange, stop and consider a fact that anyone who deals with children understands: if a child under the age of about 12 is involved in any kind of intellectually challenging environment for more than 4 hours, their brains turn to mush. And this is one of the problems with the modern school system. We have convinced ourselves that our kids need to have 35 different things thrown at them over the course of a school day, which gives very little time for any one subject and results in homework being assigned.

      A kid of ten years old, more often than not, does not have the mental capacity to go to school for 7 hours and then come home and do another 1 or 2 hours of homework. My question is this: if my kids are at school for 7 hours, why are they coming home with 1+ hour/s of very basic mathematics homework? It’s because their days are filled with pep rallies, presentations about bullying, lectures about the environment, and any number of other things that don’t apply to core education.

      If our kids spent 4-5 hours a day doing math, reading, writing, and some kind of physical activity to break up the monotony, we would be raising a generation of geniuses. But they are skimming over most of those so that 10 other subjects (of minimal worth) can be covered; all because a progressive public and a progressive teachers union has convinced us all that it’s “best for the children.”

  16. Twisted Sister

    September 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Great article Mr. Twisted,

    Did you hear the one about a youth football league instituting fines for teams that win by greater than 35 points in California? There is no punchline, because it is not a joke. I wonder how we will raise boys to be the warriors of their generation when their fundamental desire to compete, fight for, and achieve victories are stymied at every advance.

    • JoeC

      September 27, 2013 at 9:06 am

      I was in a class at Maxwell AFB a few years ago and one of the presenters was a Colonel in command of an Army basic training unit. We his presentation was over he asked for questions and one of them was “What’s the hardest thing about taking an average kid out of high school and making them a soldier?” His response shocked me. He said the hardest thing was teaching them aggression and that it is OK to hit sometimes. Things we used to learn by 2nd grade, but are now completely missing from school because heaven forbid anyone defend themselves or others without getting the same punishment the offenders do.

      • Twisted Sister

        September 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

        JoeC,

        I wish I could say that I was surprised to hear that the most difficult aspect of training a boy to be a soldier is teaching him aggression and that it’s OK to “hit” sometimes. But, I’m not. While I wasn’t a football player (my lady parts just didn’t fit right in those pads), I was an athlete. We worked our butts off to train, improve, and ultimately win. Our goal was to kick ass, not create warm fuzzy feelings in our competition. And, when our asses were the ones getting kicked, it made us go home, train longer, and fight harder next time. These days kids are penalized for winning by too much, “we” allow everyone to make the team, and medals are given to all who participate. I pray my son’s stubborn little fighter heart is encouraged to fight, to win, and to win big; that competition is encouraged; that he learns to be a man, a warrior. And on those occasions when he wins big, that he not be demonized. I may not be a defensive tackle, but I do throw a mean right hook. Just kidding, my son will be taught to defend himself and fight his own battles…well. It’s hard to raise a warrior who is hiding behind momma’s skirts.

        • Mr. Twisted

          September 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm

          I want to see this “mean right hook” you speak of.

  17. Matt

    September 27, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Unless we have the whole story here, I don’t understand the need for the tirade. You said yourself the school claims the boys shot at the bus and students getting on the bus. If that’s the case, I absolutely support the suspension. That’s not just misbehavior, it’s a crime. Destruction of property and assault. Yeah, the boys claimed they didn’t shoot at the bus, but why is it expected they shoot airsoft guns at it each due to “boys will be boys,” but it’s just brushed off that they may have shot AT the bus, or at students? And a lot of these things we have to blame ourselves for more than anything. It’s not like public schools are some big evil institution trying to bring down America. You can bet banning of things like football in playgrounds falls under the category of “let’s cover our ass so we don’t get sued if somebody gets hit wrong and gets paralyzed.” The example with the kid w/the NRA shirt, probably WAS in violation of the dress code. I know where I went to high school, they would’ve asked you to change because it promotes violence (Slightly overbearing, I agree, but it’s a dresscode. You have to adhere to it). Why in these instances are you taking the side of the teenager who got in trouble? I know when I was that age, if I did something bad, I lied, and had no problem doing so. I don’t think I’m out of bounds being skeptical of the account of these kids until a little more information supporting their claims are presented. Also, I understand that people get irritated with people being overly politically correct, or over sensitive, but I’d rather have it that way than reverse. It supports a fundamental facet of American philosophy – equality. Again, if you have a problem with all of this, blame the parents, not the schools. Parents who don’t enforce stringent studying behaviors, parents who will sue at the drop of a hat, parents who don’t teach their kids to treat others with respect, forcing the schools to do so. If you’re pissed at the school for not performing their main function (education) in an efficient manner, be pissed at the origin for this fault – the parents who aren’t efficiently or effectively performing their most vital functions.

  18. Pete

    September 27, 2013 at 8:46 am

    For one, kids do need to learn about the environment and global warming: it’s called Science class. Also, I remember being in elementary school (I’m now 33) and being sent to the office many times for playing tackle football, bumper cars, etc. Playground etiquette has not changed all that much in 25 years.

    Airsoft guns are not a joke. While safer than a BB gun or a pellet gun, they can still cause damage, especially if shot at another, unsuspecting kid (as the school/bus driver claims was the case).

    And as far as the school’s legal reach…if it happened at a public school bus stop, with other students around, then they have every right to suspend these kids. While owning a gun as a registered adult is a constitutional right in this country, schools must take a stand against this kind of activity. Do you like hearing about mass school shootings in the news?! Now, airsoft guns probably won’t lead to using actual guns, but it could. And if the school was aware of this and did nothing about it, and these kids actually came to school one day with real guns, then the finger would solely be placed upon the school for letting them “slip through the cracks”.

    Where are the parents of these kids? My mom would’ve killed me had I been shooting any type of gun at my bus stop! That is just not the place for that activity.And there in lies the real problem.

    This has not become what you call the “pussification” of American schools, but instead it’s the “release/reduction of responsibility by the American parent”! School’s must insure themselves these days against any type of ridiculous lawsuit that may arise, most of which are instigated by parents of students. Do you think schools want all of these laws and rules? No! It’s just that parents take such a little role in their kid’s upbringing that they need these rules! Have you seen what kids wear to school these days? Have you been in a school to see how many kids just sit on their phones or iPods all day? It’s a joke, but it shouldn’t be the schools who have to teach this! The parents are the ones failing.

    As far as the reach of the schools, legally? Today is a different society than that of which you are comparing it to. School’s must be allowed to look outside of their normal constraints in order to reduce violence and bullying. It is within the school’s rights because at school is where most of these kids interact and formulate their ideas, etc. Cyber bullying has become huge, but what, since it takes place on a medium outside of the school’s control they should just turn the other cheek?

    What about violence these days? That’s all that sells! Video games, movies, tv shows, it’s all they see!

    I believe that this is not a pussification of the American school system, but more so a relaxing of American morals and parental responsibility.

    • Mr. Twisted

      September 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Pete,

      You wrote that “kids do need to learn about the environment and global warming; it’s called Science class.” Let me ask you; do the majority of kids graduating high school in America today have a solid understanding of mathematics, Newtonian physics, molecular biology, and the fundamentals of chemistry? The answer is a resounding no, according to the overwhelming majority of college educators seeing these kids who attempt to enter the halls of higher learning.

      If high school graduates possessed a firm understanding of the fundamentals of science, you may have an argument. They do not, however; thus my point.

      Additionally, the very topic of “global warming” is wildly disagreed upon by numerous high-level scientists; how on earth are elementary school kids going to grasp the complexities of the subject when they don’t even understand the very foundations of scientific thought? Children are not being taught “science,” they’re being taught an agenda that is popular in the public square. That is substantially different. You can do an experiment: ask a high school student to explain E=MC2 or the role of proteins and amino acids in cellular life, and watch the response. Then ask them about man’s role in climate change. Why on earth should they know far more about the latter rather than either of the two former, especially considering the latter isn’t in any way agreed upon by very high level groups in that particular field of research?

      Regarding the rest of your comment, yes, this also has to do with parents. Yes, volumes could be written about the lack of responsibility most parents take in their children’s lives. But no, that does not in any way mean that schools are not a huge part of the problem. That was the focus of this piece; not the parents.

      You wrote “Do you like hearing about mass school shootings in the news?!” This is a non sequitur followed by another statement that caries very little meaning–“airsoft guns probably won’t lead to using actual guns, but it could.” That’s utterly ridiculous on numerous levels.

      “Do you think schools want all these laws and rules? No!” Actually, yes. Yes they do. They’re called Teachers Unions, and they are one of the most powerful political lobbies in the United States today. That is just a simple fact and one that, regardless of you denying it, doesn’t go away. They lobby heavily for a lot of rules, regulations, and laws; many of which fall way beyond their scope of practice (see: gun control).

      “Schools must be allowed to look outside of their normal constraints in order to reduce violence and bullying.” This is a disastrous line of thinking and the exact progressive mindset that has our country in the trouble that it is in today. I mentioned that in the piece above but it is worthy of being stated again; “more” is not better, especially considering what “more” has given us so far.

      “Cyber bullying has become huge…” Verify, please, both the term and quantity by which it has become “huge.”

      We may well be seeing a relaxing of American morals, but guess what? You have to first define what those morals (and parental responsibility) once were before you can assert that they are relaxing or in decline. I can easily define how the school system is failing our children; can you do the same, in a quantifiable sense, how “parental responsibility” has decreased or failed? I am not saying you cannot; simply asking you to, as you are adamant that those factors are a bigger problem than those in the school system.

      (For the record, I have already written on parenting for The Rhino Den, so do not assume I place all responsibility on the public school system.)

      • JoeC

        September 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

        Just to put into context how absurd the whold concept of global warming is, let’s consider some numbers. The Earth is roughly 4.5 billion years old. Some scientists are saying they know what’s going on right now based on about 100 years of useful data. To put this ratio of time in perspective, this equates to taking someone off the street, dropping them into Army basic training and expecting them to learn everything about how the modern Army operates and its historical significance over the past 238 years in about 3 minutes. Is this realistic? Maybe we have global warming, maybe not. We don’t know and we won’t know for a few more million years assuming we’re even still here to care.

        • Matt

          September 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm

          It’s actually fairly universally accepted in scientific community that global warming is real. There’s been an unprecedented rise in temperature since the Industrial Revolution. Global warming doesn’t JUST refer to increased temperatures. There are other variances, like El Nino weather patterns and more extreme behaviors. There have been an increase in violent hurricanes, like Sandy, etc, recently. It’s been theorized this is part of global warming. We KNOW we have global warming. This is not the debate. The debate is whether it is caused by human activity.

        • Matt

          September 27, 2013 at 5:40 pm

          Additionally, 100 years, although short in the grand scheme of things, is more than enough time to observe a trend in weather. You can’t put any stock in a few years, due to variance in small sample size, but 100+ years of weather variance and steadily increased temperature is no longer random occurrence, it’s now a clear trend that begs for analysis.

          • JoeC

            October 1, 2013 at 10:33 am

            I don’t dispute that the world is getting warmer. I dispute that we can say with any certainty that humans are causing it which is what is implied any time you say the phrase “global warming”. Obviously we can track temperature changes. I can walk outside in the morning and tell you at noon that it’s warmer than it was at sunrise. Tracking temperature is easy. Saying we know why it is increasing based on 100 years of data is bad science. There’s this hot, bright thing that comes over the eastern horizon every morning that contributes more heat to the Earth every day than man kind has since the beginning of time. Any chance that has something to do with it? I’m sure that will introduce the ozone hole debate, which is another hole of questionable science although much more believable than global warming.

      • Matt

        September 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm

        I agree w/Pete about the cyber bullying thing. SOMEBODY has to do something. Kids are COMMITTING SUICIDE due to cyber bullying. That is huge. We live in a society where the ways of old are obselete. Back in the “good ole days” there was no Twitter or Facebook or internet or cell phones. As society progresses, so has to do our school systems and punishments. If a kid is being bullied rampantly online, it absolutely affects the school. Those relations carry over into school, and given cell phones, etc, some of the bullying is being done via internet while kids are AT school. Schools are absolutely in the right to have a bit of jurisdiction over that. And when kids are killing themselves because of it, clearly there’s not enough being done right now.

  19. Gil

    September 27, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    How about a Stop the Pussification of America tshirt?

  20. Scott

    September 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I’m 65 now and raising, with my wife, our 5 year old grand daughter. When I was growing up and when I was raising my sons, it was expected that kids would have stitches and maybe even a broken bone or two. The best way to learn not to stick your finger into a light socket was to do it once. Parents kept kids in sight and kept them from jumping off the garage roof, but otherwise let them try things and succeed or fail. If they tried something stupid they picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and moved on. They learned that it is okay, within limits, to try something. If they failed they learned from it. If they succeeded they celebrated. But they also learned that there is nothing wrong or to be afraid of in trying. Today it’s not that way. Kids are taught that unless it is approved and socially acceptable they will be sanctioned and branded. Thus the loss of the will to try.

  21. Rational Man

    October 1, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I gotta agree with Pete on a lot of his comment. I’m a Libertarian; my kids learn what I want them to learn because I supplement it at home. I don’t need the school to protect my boy from bullies–that’s why I taught him how to throw a right cross, shoot a single-leg takedown, and sink a bent arm bar and a rear naked choke. Both my kids have targets hanging in their rooms from range weekends. Helicopter dad I am not. Bubble-wrap kids they are not.

    But, teachers are fighting an uphill battle. When I was a kid, I’d get my ass beat if I brought home bad grades. Now, too many parents blame the teachers. When the majority of parents stop raising their kids and expect the school to do it, the school is naturally going to seek more power to do so, and if you cede child rearing to the school system, don’t cry about what you get.

    That said, yeah, schools are reaching WAY too far. If these knuckleheads fired on the bus, or other unarmed kids who weren’t voluntarily playing, then hell yeah they should be in trouble! Expulsion is probably a little too far–probably–but if that is the case, Dad needs to be bringing the whoop-ass on the kids for being that stupid. If it’s all contained on private property with willing participants tho,then the school needs to back the hell off.

    What do we do? Explain the rules to the kids and let them learn. Straighten them out when the screw up, explain their mistakes, and put them back in the game. Talk to them, every day; find out what propaganda they’re being fed, and explain why it’s screwed up and wrong. Engage with the teachers; most of them are hardworking, well-meaning people who don’t like the BS any more then you. Figure out the school administrators (normally the source of the problem); tell them when they do right, and challenge them if they’re screwing up. Yeah, it’s a lot of work, but no one told you raising kids was easy, and if they did, you were lied to, friend. Ruck up and engage the school system, not just the blog pages. (But hey, thanks for the blog pages; it helps keep folks in the know so they *can* get involved.)

  22. bdawg12

    October 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

    First of all…I agree with your assessment of our school system now-a-days.

    BUT…how did it get to this point?? Increasingly over the last couple of decades, PARENTS have put the burden of raising their children on the teachers!! You can see it all across America. Headlines all the time on how teachers are failing our children. But it wasn’t for education, it was for all of the skills the children are supposed to learn at home. Education somehow became secondary.

    As I saw it…and having put 3 kids through the public school system…all those other agendas you mentioned, were pushed by parents and backed by politicians wanting those parents vote!!

    So parents have to parent, and teachers need to educate. Parents need to control what goes on at home, teacher need to control what goes on at school. Simple as that.

    When is the last time anybody can remember a politician actually push an educational agenda as part of their political campaign?? JFK maybe?? That is why we are in the state we are in…education has pretty much fallen off the radar and we want to legislate fairness, social awareness, gay agendas, sensitivities, religious values (or the lack there of) in our schools. ALL things that are a part of parenting and family values, not school curriculum.

    So to surmise my rant:

    PARENTS RESPONSIBILITY: good manners, common courtesy and respect (morals, values and ethics) taught at home.

    SCHOOLS RESPONSIBILITY: Reading, writing and arithmetic taught at school. And a reinforcement of good manners, common courtesy and respect taught through sports, music and arts….not cutting those programs because of budgetary constraints.

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