This day-ruining story jumped ahead of a Todd Akin-related post, but since they both involve near criminal levels of stupidity, I didn’t have to shift gears very much. I should begin by assuring readers, however, that much as I wish I was, I am not making this up.
In Grand Island, Nebraska, the public school system has informed the parents of a deaf three-year-old pre-schooler that he cannot use sign language to communicate his name. You see:
- The young boy’s name is Hunter Spanjer…
- The Signing Exact English gesture for “hunter” is a fist with the forefinger pointing out and the thumb up, like a pistol…
- The Grand Island school system’s “Weapons in Schools” Board Policy 8470 prohibits “any instrument…that looks like a weapon'”, and
- The administrators of that school system are so dumb that they make Todd Akin look like Stephen Hawking.
I don’t really want to write very much more on this story, because if you are reading Ethics Alarms (which is to say, if you can read) you can figure out why telling a deaf pre-schooler that it’s a bad thing to sign his name, why anyone who would do such a thing has sunk below all acceptable levels of judgment, competence, compassion and proportion, and why a school system dominated by such fearful, cruel dim-wits should be dismantled and spread like confetti over the Great Plains, lest it ever re-unite, like the melted bits of Robert Patrick in “Terminator 2,” to cause more misery and educational malpractice. And the story is so stupid that I feel like it’s leaching my IQ points just thinking about it.
By all means, let’s pay our public school educators more. Better yet, let’s just let our kids teach themselves in adult-free mobs, like in “Lord of the Flies.” I don’t see how they could do worse than in the Grand Island school system.*
* You can write the school board to tell them how wrong they are at http://www.gips.org/contact_us. It won’t do any good.
Pointer: tgt (I hate you.)
Facts and Graphic: 1011 Now
Source: Free Range Kids
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