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  • How do you expect kids to be shocked and morally outraged when they have to go through metal detectors at school and wonder if one of their classmates is going to be the next one to shoot/bomb/maim them?

    It's difficult to be shocked and amazed in a world long since gone mad.

    • My little sister is currently a junior in high school, and every time I talk to her I'm more shocked by what she considers "routine" This school year alone they've had three bomb threats, three pulled fire alarms, one case of arson, and one kid expelled for bringing a knife to school.

      She doesn't even consider any of this unusual anymore.

      I guess what is even scarier is that she tells me that the measures the school is having to take to keep things "under control" are increasingly not doing anything of the sort. They recently banned trenchcoats and "alternative" clothing styles. What next? The fact that school funding is getting hacked to little pieces and things like the Gifted and Talented program are going under is just even worse. I'm just glad she's out in a year and a half.

      • The primary job of the modern educational system is not to do something so lofty as 'educate' people. The primary job of the modern educational system is to prepare 90% of students to do what 90% of them will probably end up doing: Some damn menial thing, day in, day out, for the rest of their lives.

        Most of the people running the modern educational system are now a product of it.

        When presented with novel problems -- such as students smart enough and perfectly willing to build and bring a bomb to schoo

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