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Give them an F

By Carl Langley
web posted October 15, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – The year is almost over, but I have been gifted with my 2009 nominees for the stupidest people on the planet.

 The certain winners are the members of the Christina (Delaware) School Board, who ordered a 45-day sentence to an alternative school for a first grader.

Poor little Zachary Christie, the target of the school board's wrath, committed the "dastardly crime" of bringing to his elementary school a small utility tool given to Cub Scouts.
The little fellow first grader was so proud of joining the scouting unit that he wanted to show his possessions to his classmates.

 Zach, who loves school so much that he wears a neatly pressed shirt and tie to class each day, was totally oblivious to the school board's action against "the crime he committed."

 Unfortunately for Zach his scouting tool contained a small knife, along with a spoon and other accessories. The multi-purpose tool is used by Scouts to help in survival situations.

 When a teacher noticed the tool, she rushed forthwith to inform the principal, and the principal took the matter to the school board. This chain of command gave all of them the golden opportunity to let the entire world know how stupid they really are.
 This is the terrible price ordinary Americans pay for letting bureaucrats run our lives in their hidebound regulatory world. And this is why people like Zach's parents home school their children rather than have their minds corrupted by people who cannot teach.

If this tool Zach carried to school is so dangerous, the most immediate question is why would the Cub Scout organization allow its new members to possess such a deadly weapon?
Frankly, I am getting more and more fed up with bureaucrats who cannot line up a two-car funeral possession, and doubly upset with an education bureaucracy more concerned with rules than teaching young minds.
I cannot count the numbers of times I have heard teachers mangle our language while conversing with me and others. Some can't balance a checkbook and others have an abysmal knowledge of history and geography.
The late Sam Woodring, the venerable editor of North Augusta's weekly newspaper and a gifted writer, once showed me a letter sent out by the county board of education.
The letter was filled with grammatical errors that Sam had carefully highlighted with his big yellow pen.
Because of recent school shootings, today's "educrats" can really get worked up over the most minor of incidents, such as a small boy showing off his knife and his pride in being admitted to the Cub Scout organization.
I hope Zach isn't mentally damaged by the treatment he was given by those entrusted with his welfare, who have raised suspicions about their own mental welfare. I suggest immediate testing of all of those involved.
The Delaware school officials should be busy preparing students for life outside the classroom environment, while not allowing administrators and teachers to pick on a little kid who did nothing more than express his pride in joining the Cub Scouts.
If you are a person with common sense your most immediate question would be, Why didn't at least one of these seven school board members urge the others to go slow on this matter so they would not make fools of themselves?
Unfortunately, not a single one did, and for that each of them made fools of themselves. Therefore, they should be made to sit on a stool in a corner with a dunce hat on their heads.
Because they have qualified themselves for public ridicule my recommendation is that all seven of these clueless dolts turn in their letters of resignation. Such action probably would be the best thing they could do to improve education.

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