3 Acts of Insanity in the American Education System

So much insanity in ever area these days. Appears someone likes chaos.

1. Threaten to hold back a straight-A student for serving her country. A 13-year-old, straight-A student in the Washington D.C. school system was recently labeled a truant. Her crime: excelling at the piano. The young girl is so gifted musically that she has played around the world and was hand-picked to serve as an international music ambassador by a prestigious foundation. So, she travels a good bit. But … she has maintained straight-A grades anyway. Though the D.C. school district does have the ability to override its attendance policy for extenuating circumstances, the wise owls atop the failing district decided that being a prodigy on a global level just doesn’t cut the mustard.

2. Arrest a frightened teenager for checking in on her sick mother. In Houston, a teenager at Sam Houston High was using her cellphone to deal with a family emergency — her ill mother. The school’s assistant principal demanded the teen’s phone because of an asinine policy about cellphone usage on campus. The teen refused because — again — she was dealing with a family emergency. But the assistant principal, displaying an amazing grasp of rationality, had already called for back-up — the police! And thus it was that a 4’10”, 70-pound girl, upset about her ill mother, found herself on the ground, the victim of jackbooted oppression. One cop pressed his knee on her skull while a second sat on her legs and handcuffed her. A third loomed nearby — you know, just in case the 4’10”, 70-pound villain overpowered the two substantially larger men of law and order.

3. Throw a student in detention for sharing his lunch. Remember that golden rule you learned as a kid: Sharing is caring? Well, not so much in Weaverville, California. For his act of kindness — sharing part of his chicken burrito with a friend who was hungry — a 13-year-old boy landed in detention. “It seemed like he couldn’t get a normal lunch,” the teen told a local TV station, “so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn’t really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it.” To which the school responded that sharing food is prohibited because of food allergies and whatnot. That’s a legitimate reason … but detention is not a legitimate response to a non-crime. Weaverville, have you ever considered pulling the student aside to explain why the policy is in place instead of rushing to punish an act of kindness?

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