I am trying to think of an area in the public sector that is more tyrannical, more rigid, and more myopic then education. I guess when you operate under the charge of child safety and instruction, any boneheaded ridiculous rule can be justified, after all, when children are involved you can never be too careful. Part and parcel of draconian regulations is the attitude that because the stakes are so high that parents will roll over and except any limitation of their sovereignty. Here is the latest batshit insane degree:
“Any instrument that looks like a weapon”, see, right here they have proven themselves not fit to even supervise hamsters. Hands do not look like weapons, not guns, not knives, not chainsaws, they look like hands. I can just imagine a kindergarten teacher looking up from her desk and seeing a 5 year old reach up to pick his nose ,”Oh my God, he is going to blow his brains out”, so she Jackie Chan barrel rolls and springs into action, grabbing the errant hand and wrestling it to the ground.
And notice the weasily reply from the school board official, not ,”Yeah, we are pretty embarrassed by this whole affair, what were we thinking?”, nope, it is the usual tap dance of justifying anything dopey because it is after all for the children.
Our education system is so effed up, where do you start fixing it?