Straight talk with Seth

We have bullies in schools because we don’t punish them.

Next question, why don’t we punish them?

Many reasons.

Teachers and administrators are scared of the bullies too. Some have guns and can find  where you live.

Teachers and administrators don’t want to hassle with it.

Some teachers and administrators are bullies too.

Administrators don’t want to expel bullies because they will lose some funding (though, they’d find out they wouldn’t need to expel many bullies, because many would come into line and they would find more people would want to send their kids to that school).

Administrators don’t want to expel bullies because of threats of lawsuits, the mere hassle of which can cost resources and time.

Administrators don’t want to expel bullies because they believe everyone is entitled to an education, no matter how bad they act.  And they believe they can talk it out, rather than enforcing real consequences.

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2 thoughts on “Straight talk with Seth

  1. My impression is that unlike in “the good old days” when the teacher or (worse) the principal would promptly take direct action when such an act took place, the schools today have abdicated their in loco parentis responsibilities and either ignore the “minor” events and/or call in law enforcement agencies to deal with the situation. I suspect they do this largely out of fear of a lawsuit. In the aforementioned good old days, kids were taught more respect for authority and parents were more likely to believe that their kid had actually misbehaved. Today, too many parents assume that when their kid is punished at school, it’s because the school is wrong or is doing something wrong. Some of the fault lies with the schools – or more precisely with compulsory public education and the lack of school choice. It’s understandable that school authorities lose respect when the news is filled with reports of teachers (adults) having sex with students (children). It only takes a few bad apples to give the entire barrel a bad reputation. Parents need to take some of the blame also.

  2. Bullies are not unique to schools. They are a part of every society. But we must define what a bully is to understand how they come to be and how to del with them. At the most basic level, a bully is someone who intrudes on the right of another to be safe and secure in regards to their property (property meaning both one’s person and their possessions). As a group of people, we enter into a social contract with one another in order that others not infringe upon our property rights. In doing so, we allow – and demand – that “government” infringe upon the property rights of someone who breaks this social contract by infringing on our rights. Men (meaning ADULT men and women) formed these social contracts because they had learned that man’s nature was to do anything necessary to preserve and enhance his own life, i.e. Hobbes was right and Locke lived in some fantasy land. In one sense, childhood bullies serve a useful purpose: They demonstrate to children the nature of man and allow them to see the real purpose of government rather than the Santa Claus purpose of government that has developed (although that bad purpose has developed exactly because some men – politicians – are exhibiting the nature that Hobbes described and are using government for their own selfish purposes).

    But enough about the minor problem of bullies. Our public schools have much more serious problems and the risk (bad things that can happen to your kids at school or as a result of school, e.g. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/01/mother-launches-facebook-campaign-against-teen-moving-in-with-former-teacher/?test=latestnews) – reward (actually getting an education) ratio is now unacceptable.

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