Over 40 crowd, remember when it was different? John Whitehead lists some of the more outrageous problems faced by young Americans today, courtesy of Lew Rockwell’s site:
By the time the average young person in America finishes their public school education, nearly one out of every three of them will have been arrested.
More than 3 million students are suspended or expelled from schools every year, often for minor misbehavior, such as “disruptive behavior” or “insubordination.”
Black students are three times more likely than white students to face suspension and expulsion.
Zero tolerance policies that were intended to make schools safer by discouraging the use of actual drugs and weapons by students have turned students into suspects to be treated as criminals by school officials and law enforcement alike, while criminalizing childish behavior.
For instance, 9-year-old Patrick Timoney was sent to the principal’s office and threatened with suspension after school officials discovered that one of his LEGOs was holding a 2-inch toy gun.
Seriously, it doesn’t have to be like this. It wouldn’t, shouldn’t be all that hard to dial things back a few decades.
I’d like to play a small part in the solution to these issues. You?