Are Your Kids Going to School or Jail?

Rachel brought this up the other day, but I think Radley Balko sums it up exactly right:

It’s a little troubling to see how comfortable these old men (Ginsburg isn’t quoted in the article) seem to be with allowing school administrators access to the genitalia of school children based on nothing more than a hunch that they might be “crotching” some ibuprofen.

I just wonder when we ever sit back and ask ourselves why, after 20 years of DARE and all these draconian measures, kids are still doing drugs?  Is there ever a point when we admit something is a failure, stop doing it, and move on or does failure just indicate we need harsher measures?

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10 thoughts on “Are Your Kids Going to School or Jail?

  1. Harsher measures, FTW! If something doesn’t work, do more of it! Do it faster, with greater intensity, at greater cost!

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  3. Two things:

    1. American public education embraces the “The beatings will continue until the morale improves.” model.

    2. Ask yourself how many times you have driven by a building and bee unable to immediately discern if it is a school or a jail. I’m not kidding.

  4. To continue on with a theme of the day, what they’ll do to a kid, they won’t think twice about doing to you.

  5. I’m a bit pissed at the sexist nature of this. My first thought, echoed by a friend on Facebook is that they’re denying girls access to menstrual cramp relief.

  6. 1. This was horrible and should not have happened.

    2. Apply all of your statements such as:
    “I just wonder when we ever sit back and ask ourselves why, after 20 years of DARE and all these draconian measures, kids are still doing drugs? Is there ever a point when we admit something is a failure, stop doing it, and move on or does failure just indicate we need harsher measures?”

    or

    “If something doesn’t work, do more of it! Do it faster, with greater intensity, at greater cost!”

    to the war on poverty. What does that say about our social welfare programs and how successful they have been in eliminating poverty?

  7. Well baby, any time you want to have the hard discussion about enduring remedies for structural inequality, I’m your huckleberry.

  8. It’s surprisingly hard to get anything said in here without someone saying ‘why don’t you apply that to X’. I’m impressed with your patience B.

  9. I honestly think — with no amplification, embroidery, or embellishment — that anyone who thinks a teenage girl is hiding Advil in her knickers to nefarious purpose is in dire need of inpatient psychiatric care.

  10. “If something doesn’t work, do more of it! Do it faster, with greater intensity, at greater cost!”

    A typical Saturday night. For some. Not me. I’ve heard stories. They’re from Canada.

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