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6-Year-Old Stares Down Bottomless Abyss Of Formal Schooling
August 15, 2008
Local first-grader Connor Bolduc, 6, experienced the first inkling of a coming lifetime of existential dread Monday upon recognizing his cruel destiny to participate in compulsory education for the better part of the next two decades, sources reported.
"I don't want to go to school," Bolduc told his parents, the crushing reality of his situation having yet to fully dawn on his naïve consciousness. "I want to play outside with my friends." While Bolduc stood waiting for the bus to pick him up on his first day of elementary school, his parents reportedly were able to "see the wheels turning in his little brain" as the child, for the first time in his life, began to understand how dire and hopeless his situation had actually become.
Local first-grader Connor Bolduc, 6, experienced the first inkling of a coming lifetime of existential dread Monday upon recognizing his cruel destiny to participate in compulsory education for the better part of the next two decades.
"I don't want to go to school," Bolduc told his parents, the crushing reality of his situation having yet to fully dawn on his naïve consciousness. "I want to play outside with my friends. I can't wait until school is over," said the 3-foot-tall tragic figure, who would not have been able, if asked, to contemplate the amount of time between now and summer, let alone the years and years of tedium to follow.
6.5 Cents on the Dollar
by Linda Schrock Taylor
July 16, 2011
We are selling the souls and minds of our children, and the future of our country, for 6.5 cents on the dollar!
The federal government pays only a few cents of each dollar needed to fund public schools, yet a large percentage of school expenses have been forced upon local districts by federal mandates to test, consolidate, and adhere to innumerable laws, including ADA and IDEA...laws, laws, laws, most illegal and harmful to the interests of States' Rights, and to the citizens of each state.
7 Rules for Recording Police
by Steve Silverman
April 10, 2012
Last week the City of Boston agreed to pay Simon Glik $170,000 in damages and legal fees to settle a civil rights lawsuit stemming from his 2007 felony arrest for videotaping police roughing up a suspect.
Prior to the settlement, the First Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Glik had a "constitutionally protected right to videotape police carrying out their duties in public." The Boston Police Department now explicitly instructs its officers not to arrest citizens openly recording them in public. Slowly but surely the courts are recognizing that recording on-duty police is a protected First Amendment activity. But in the meantime, police around the country continue to intimidate and arrest citizens for doing just that. So if you're an aspiring cop watcher you must be uniquely prepared to deal with hostile cops.
7-Year-Old Commits Suicide Over Bullying
May 25, 2012
A 7-year-old boy's suicide over being bullied at school has shocked a Detroit community and has lawmakers speaking out against bullying.
The boy, whose name was not reported, was found hanging from a bunk bed with a belt around his neck Wednesday afternoon by his 14-year-old sister, the Detroit Free Press reported. His mother told police she forced her way into the bedroom where the boy was, got him down and called 911.
7th-graders jailed, shackled for butt-slapping?
World Net Daily (OR)
by Dennis Prager
August 21, 2007
At Patton Middle School in McMinnville, Ore., students created something called "slap butt day." On one such day in February, according to the Oregonian (July 22, 2007):
"Two boys tore down the hall of Patton Middle School after lunch, swatting the bottoms of girls as they ran - what some kids later said was a common form of greeting. But bottom-slapping is against policy in McMinnville Public Schools. So a teacher's aide sent the gawky seventh-graders to the office, where the vice principal and a police officer stationed at the school soon interrogated them."
8 arrested after brawl at kindergarten graduation
by Tracy Connor
June 1, 2013
A kindergarten graduation in Cleveland ended with eight people in detention - police detention - after an argument erupted into a sidewalk brawl.
Families of students at the Michael R. White School were gathered for the end-of-year ceremony when two teenagers got into a dispute and stepped outside to continue it, said Roseann Canfora, a spokeswoman for the city schools.
8 Michigan families allege state adoption fraud
by Louise Knott Ahern
September 12, 2012
Agencies lied about children's health, they say.
Eight families with 19 adopted children are suing the state Department of Human Services in connection with their adoptions. The number of children involved was incorrect in a story on Page 1A of Thursday's State Journal and in an earlier version of this story. Child welfare offices in Ingham and Clinton counties are among several public and private agencies named in a lawsuit filed Thursday alleging social workers lied to adoptive parents of special needs children about their kids' disabilities and denied them funding available for parents of disabled children.
8 Reasons I'm Not Homeschooling My Kid
by Andrea Mulder-Slater
September 7, 2015
A few years ago when I was throwing around the idea of homeschooling my daughter, I had a discussion with a friend of mine over coffee and goldfish crackers while our kids played with wooden trains.
It was a reasonable assumption. After all, I'm an introverted artist and writer living rurally with extended family and plenty of bizarre thoughts floating around in my head. Basically, I'm a weirdo. But no, I wasn't homeschooled. I was educated in the public school system. That's right Mrs. Warnica, what I am today is all on you.
8-year-old boy committed
Orlando Sentinel (FL)
October 13, 2005
PANAMA CITY -- An 8-year-old boy charged with a felony for allegedly kicking a teacher has been committed to a mental-health facility after he tried to stab a Children's Home Society worker at a psychiatrist's office.
After the boy was arrested last week at a school for children with emotional and behavior problems, she said she hoped it would lead to treatment he had previously been unable to get.
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