• Joanne Jacobs

The School Environment

If it’s a secret to the rest of the world, it’s not a secret to America’s teachers–school discipline is getting worse and worse.  In California, K-8 students cannot be suspended for defiance, and the move to high schools is not far behind.  In fact, suspending students for any reason is frowned upon by the powers that be.

Now state legislators, in their wisdom, have condemned elementary school teachers and the well-behaved students — black, white, Latino, Asian, whatever — to the tyranny of brats. Progressives are dismantling the ability of a basic social institution — the school — to defend itself, and to maintain order sufficient to fulfill its function. And then, when the parents who can afford to get their kids out of the public schools do so, progressives will call them racist.

Some might believe that the (overwhelmingly liberal) teachers and school administrators in this country disproportionately suspend certain students because of racism.  Actually, they don’t suspend them out of racism, they suspend them so that the remaining students–often of the same skin color and ethnicity as those suspended–can get a chance at an education without disruptions.  While some believe the “racism” claim, I believe that claim to be the soft bigotry of low expectations.

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