The State of Texas has a law on the books criminalizing a child’s failure without official permission to attend more than 10 days of school within a six month period.
So 17-year-old Willis High School junior, Diane Tran, a minor child and national honor student, was arrested and sentenced by a judge without the benefit of counsel or a trial to spend 24 hours in jail and pay $100 in fines for the heinous “crime” of truancy.
"A little stay in the jail for one night is not a death sentence," croaked Lanny Moriarty, the statist judge from his Justice of the Peace court bench. If one student was allowed to avoid jail then they would all "run loose," he added.
"In such cases, resolution of the issue is entirely in the hands of the court," declared the Willis Independent School district on its website.
This honor student helps support two younger siblings with both a full time and part-time job after her parents were divorced. "She goes from job to job from school," said one of her classmates. "She stays up until 7:00 in the morning doing her homework," involving AP Spanish, college level algebra and dual credit English and history courses.
That’s the way Texan’s teach honor students to appreciate the benefits of compulsory education. They put them in cages and steal their hard earned cash regardless of the circumstances if they miss a few days of school.
Compulsory education in America presents a clear cut violation of the United States Constitution First Amendment freedom of speech and association provisions, and a clear cut violation of the Fifth Amendment because it amounts to a taking of liberty and property without due process of law.
Punishing truancy as a crime makes a mockery of the constitution.
Elsewhere in Texas, the elementary school daughters of a soldier paralyzed in Afghanistan were punished for wearing t-shirts that bore the logo of an organization that provides homes for severely wounded veterans.
The girls, in first and fourth grade at Masters Elementary School, were wearing t-shirts provided by “Homes For Our Troops.”
Their father, Army Spc. Justin Perez-Gorda was injured by a road-side bomb in Afghanistan, and their mother, Perez-Gorda, said they had recently received word that the organization might be offering the family assistance in building a home that would be safe for her husband.
The school district said it has absolutely nothing to do with the logo — and everything to do with the dress code.
“We have a standardized dress code,” explained a spokesperson. “Had the shirt had a collar, it would have been totally fine.” “It was never about what was on the shirt. It was the type of shirt.”
Punished for not wearing a collar? They have to be kidding.
A group of Illinois high school football players were thrilled recently when NFL quarterback Colt McCoy for the Cleveland Browns dropped by to speak about his faith and toss the pigskin around with them, prompting a complaint to the Illinois High School Association and investigation into whether the visit represented an illegal, off-season practice for the boys.
"The crux of the issue doesn’t revolve around Colt McCoy’s appearance or involvement, but rather the IHSA by-laws that dictate the types of activities a coach and team can organize and participate in when a sport is not in-season," said the assistant executive director for the Illinois High School Association.
Kids can be punished for that? Unbelievable!
A Gibson County Tennessee High School senior was denied permission to attend her senior prom because the design of her dress in red, white, and blue – the school colors – resembled a Confederate battle flag. School officials told her the dress was “offensive and inappropriate.”
It appears that Gibson County Tennessee High School officials have never heard of the First Amendment, of if they have; they regard it as just a sheet of toilet paper to be ignored.
Legislation banning teachers from promoting or condoning “gateway sexual activity” was signed by Gov. Bill Haslam after approval by the Tennessee state House of Representatives. The law requires all state sex education classes to “exclusively and emphatically” promote abstinence. The measure says that sex education teachers cannot discuss “gateway” activities that stop short of sexual intercourse.
That’s compulsory education for you. Now they’re telling their captive audiences what they can and can’t do with their own minds and bodies even when they’re not at school. It doesn’t sound much like education to me. It’s more like indoctrination.
New Jersey education officials will no longer use a standardized test question that asked third-graders to reveal a secret and write about why it was difficult to keep.
The state Department of Education says the question was reviewed and approved by it and a panel of teachers. They said it was only being tried out and would not count in the students' scores.
The nerve of these statist bastards is appalling. They actually wanted to compel little kids to reveal their personal secrets; Only in America.
A North Carolina high school teacher was suspended with pay after she was captured on video shouting at a student who questioned President Obama, suggesting he could be arrested for criticizing a sitting president.
"You are not supposed to slander the president," she screamed during a class discussion during which she was criticizing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. "There is no comparison," she insisted, "He's running for president," she said of Romney; "Obama is the president."
The student argued that both candidates are "just men …"He's just a man. Obama is no god."
"Let me tell you something ... you will not disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom," yelled the teacher, insisting that the two candidates are "not equal."
I suppose that political discussions are just fine with some teachers in North Carolina as long the student’s don’t try to contradict the teacher’s opinion; a wonderful lesson about the First Amendment.
An upper Manhattan public elementary school will be the first in the city to require that students study Arabic, officials said yesterday, putting that language subject on equal footing with science and music courses.
Principal Nicky Kram Rosen selected Arabic as opposed to more common offerings, such as Spanish or French because it will help her school to obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate standing.
You see, in upper Manhattan public elementary schools, it’s not about what’s good for the kids; it’s about what’s good for the principal and her school.
Meanwhile, almost half of Florida high school students failed the reading portion of the state's new toughened standardized test, education officials said recently.
"We are asking more from our students and teachers than we ever have, and I am proud of their hard work," Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson said in a statement. "As Florida transitions to higher standards and higher expectations, we can expect our assessment results to reflect those changes."
Maybe they should be teaching the kids Arabic.
That’s life in the gulags of American public education.