Is the above story one of the reasons more and more parents in Florida are opting to homeschool their little savages?
You have a normal, disobedient boy and you cuff him and take him to the police station for jumping in a puddle? Parents are crazy to put up with that nonsense.
A friend of my brother's moved to Florida and took her daughter to the local public high school to check it out. The girl took one look at the cops patrolling the halls, the security cameras, and metal detector, said to no one in particular, "This place looks like a f??king jail," turned on her heel and walked out with her mother following her. She moved down there from my area where we don't have metal detectors, cameras, or cops patrolling the halls of our schools.
Her parents are now paying $20,000 a year in private school tuition.
posted on 04/13/2003 3:43:52 PM PDT
I have my kids in a Lutheran private school. $505 per month tuition for three kids, ten months a year, plus probably a grand and a half a year in miscellaneous expenses and the gas to get them there. Vouchers would help. Gah, our state income taxes are horrible, our local property taxes a huge bite, and the already-failing public schools are firing teachers left and right because of a budget crisis.
The school my kids would go to has pregnant 5th graders attending class with the other kids, gang problems, you name it.
The kids eat lunch (and usually their free breakfast, too) with grownups yelling at them through megaphones--no talking, no sharing, no loud chewing probably. If you drive past the playground at recess time, you'll see more than half the kids are sitting against the wall, in time out for some infraction that probably resulted from nothing other than pent-up energy with too few legal release mechanisms. Someone yelling at THEM through a megaphone is not uncommon, calling them by name if they twitch. It really reminds me of the re-education camps of East Germany.
Getting in trouble at recess when I was in school required an actual fight or destruction of property, and was a noteworthy event. If half of the kids at any given play period have lost their recess because of some infraction, there are too many rules!!!!
posted on 04/13/2003 3:52:04 PM PDT
(My new bumper sticker: MY OTHER DRIVER IS A ROCKET SCIENTIST)
You have a normal, disobedient boy and you cuff him and take him to the police station for jumping in a puddle?
Just more conditioning for the emerging police state brought to you by George Clinton, Bill Bush, Bob Gore, and Al Dole.
posted on 04/13/2003 4:30:59 PM PDT
(No matter how paranoid you are, you're not paranoid enough)
You know, when we moved to Florida, we kept passing this one particular building and I finally asked my husband if it was a jail or a prison. He said it was the Junior High.
We home school. We moved from Texas where I felt the schools were pretty good. No public school for us here. We're happy.
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