Student Nearly Suspended Over LEGO-Sized Gun
A Staten Island fourth-grader was reprimanded and almost suspended yesterday when the principal spotted him playing with a LEGO policeman and a two-inch-long toy gun during lunch, the Advance reports.
Under the city’s no-tolerance policy regarding guns in schools, PS 52 Principal Evelyn Matroianni brought 9-year-old Patrick Timoney to her office and called his mother to say the boy might be suspended for carrying the miniature toy gun to school, pending the approval of the Department of Education’s security administrator. When contacted, the administrator reportedly said the toy should be confiscated and returned to the boy’s parents, however no other punishment would be necessary.
Confiscate that Lego before that administrator shoots his eye out!
The article also points out that
In 2007, a New Jersey 7-year-old was suspended when he drew a picture of gun.
From which one may jump to the conclusion that it takes a new variety of moron to enforce those no-tolerance rules in such creative ways.
What this translates into is the students doing projects which often involve a lot of class discussion as students give their opinions about material they don’t know all that much about. And they do a lot of artwork. But the students remain amazingly free of any knowledge of whatever the content is supposed to be. I’ve encountered schools that pride themselves on teaching skills, not content. They’re quite proud that their students don’t learn the standard curriculum but that they do lots and lots of projects. Now prepare for states across the nation to follow that pattern.
And some wonder why people homeschool?