Posts Tagged ‘Education’

A few years ago a proposition went on the ballot to add a $1 tax per pack of cigarettes… with 100% of the tax going to support medical research for smokers.

The logic was simple:  If you choose to smoke, you should also be responsible for the health care costs you will inevitably have.

The tobacco industry fought this by creating an ad that had nothing to do with the issue at hand.  It was like an ad that read, “aw, but don’t we all like puppies and kittens?”

It’s happening again.

The California Teachers Association — one of the largest lobbyist groups in California — has created a shell organization called “Kids Not Profits”… in order to disguise their efforts to torpedo anyone that challenges their dominance…

… a dominance that corresponds with California schools going from one of the top systems in the country to one of the worst.

The ads the Teachers Association are running make it sound like the non-union people trying to fix our school problem are all “greedy billionaires who want to kill puppies and kittens!”

P-l-e-a-s-e!  Come on, people… let’s use some common sense… the last thing anyone interested in making a profit would want to do is get into the education business, especially at the grade school and high school levels.  It’s just not a good money investment.

It is, however, a great people investment… which ultimate corresponds with a great community investment… which is why it’s called philanthropy:

the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

On the other hand, let’s call a spade a spade:  The Teachers Association DOESN’T protect teachers… it protects the massive layer of administrative bureaucracy above teachers… those same administrators that now control one of the largest educational budgets in the United States… and those same administrators that have — literally — DESTROYED public education in California.

The California Teachers Association should call their new organization “Administrators NOT Teachers or Kids”…

… because all the money goes to the incompetent administrators, leaving bare nothings for kids and teachers.

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I know what you are going to think, “just take all guns away and that will stop high school gun violence.”

That’s not what I’m going to say.

Information is the key.

Certainly the community can chime in more… maybe someone heard something or saw something on social media?  I’ve always said “people on the front lines” (whether employees or students) know the most about what’s really going on.

But how do parents fit into this?  In fact, how does a parent with a troubled child know when to ask for help… or even when to turn their child into the authorities?

Most likely a parent in this situation already has their hands full just dealing with a difficult child… imagine how gut-wrenching it would be to make the leap from acknowledging your child is not only difficult but potentially a killer!

Stigma aside, I’m not sure how many parents would be so quick to make that leap… especially in this day & age where violent video games are not just standard fare but celebrated. In other words, what really is normal these days?

What I think we may need — what I think the entire country may need — is some kind of standardized “Child Assessment Test”…

… i.e., some kind of simple, multiple choice test that a parent can honestly fill out and in return get an honest, professional, and *anonymous* psychological appraisal of a child’s mental health as it relates to the potential for mass violence and such.

Having such an assessment might give a parent confidence that they are not acting alone, which would be a tremendous burden lifted.

A website could be setup with a conversational FAQ that could help answer frequently asked questions about the surveys, designed to further advise a parent whether they should seek more immediate guidance to prevent a dangerous situation to others or even the child themself.

Maybe there’s already such a thing?  If not, I think we may be reaching the point where it’s needed.

P.S.  Taking guns away from crazy people — whether student or adult — is a good thing to do, too!