When public education finally goes the way of the Dodo bird it will be because of the institutional group-think of some of its administrators who live in a monopoly of taxpayer funded communitarian fantasy.
Take the Souhegan yearbook controversy regarding the gleeful machete wielding “students” who butchered and killed some innocent neighbors on a lark.
They were just testing their limits as young adults I guess. How about some compassion for them and let’s keep their pictures in the 2010 yearbook just like nothing happened.
Yes, that was the decision of the powers that be in one of New Hampshire’s most progressive places of education, Souhegan High School.
And what have we learned about public education from this most recent opportunity to understand public education:
1. When something bad (bad is relative when it comes to public education – see Souhegan) happens at a public school these days there is a rush to bring in grief counselors. Grief counselors are the latest fad in the land of let’s pretend the school is the center of the community crowd.
2. Any chance to express a popular liberal political opinion can be taken advantage of to make a point, such as keeping a picture of young person who has a gun from his shooting team on his shoulder OUT OF A YEARBOOK. Imagine what having a picture of a student with a target shotgun in his picture would do to the sensibilities of the poor student in the photo next to him. Call in the grief counselor.
3. Administrators of public education facilities always have some lame-brained excuse for why they turn logic on its head. I would guess there is some sort of final exam for school administrators in reverse reality implementation and achieving the opposite of stated goals. The KNEECAP Test would be a nice acronym.
But what is really creepy about this latest public school situation is that I believe the real reason the Souhegan Administration is keeping the pictures of two former students (who are still being served educationally by the school while incarcerated) in the year book is that the people who make that decision can’t let go of their 15 minutes of fame.