Education Rant

This is my response to 6-year-old barred from school over haircut – Metro – cleveland.com.

Private schools are businesses. They can make their own rules. Unfortunately, public schools have the same ‘127 page student handbooks’ with some fascist rules in them. At my school, hats are allowed thankfully, and teachers are starting to become apathetic with cellphones. Still, the code disallows cellphones, and calls headbands gang-related. Oh, and my school has a “No public displays of affection allowed rule”, because you know, it will distract people from learning. Why not put the responsibility of what is distracting in the hands of the teachers? You are not really learning in hallways, so they should not be blocking events in hallways unless they are disruptive to motion, to standing in the middle (not sides) of busy hallways. No, can’t do that! We have to stop those people in the empty hallway from kissing! On a different note, my homework assignment in one class was to write out the Key Terms and then answer 10 questions at the end of the chapter. It is the same assignment, and question 2 asked for the definitions of three of the eight key terms. Even though it was already written above, the teacher said to write them again..that just strikes me as strange, and it is not going to help me learn it any more. If repetition is needed, do not make it for a part of the full material….grr….I like ranting…

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Pornography Laws

Anybody who knows anything about porn on the internet knows that almost every page says “You must be 18 or older to enter this page. If you are not, please exit.” or something similar to that.

The politicians have made it illegal for people under the age of eighteen to look at pornography a long time ago. I see this law and think, WTF? The government should not be make content illegal for one set of people while making it perfectly legal for others. I want that law changed. Let parents decide if they want their children looking at pornography.

I have a solution to my problem though. Instead of having that page be a 18 & older check, make the law say you may not show pornography to a person without their consent.

What would be the consequences? Every active porn site would (should) change that eighteen or older page to a “Warning, the page(s) you are about to see contain pornography. Do you wish to continue?” page. This gets rid of one exception in the law, and lets parents be the ultimate judge on pornography for children. Still, children are going to visit without their parent’s consent. The law isn’t suppose to stop people who want to. Only those who don’t.