I’m at LTUE in Provo, Utah till Sunday. Yesterday was consumed by travel plus my having managed the singularly strange feat of losing my driver’s license en route. In my defense I have resumed after an hiatus (mostly because I forgot to get the prescription renewed) a medicine that makes other people psychotic. It just makes me ADHD and exceptionally ditsy. It also makes me tell the truth in social circumstances, which means you’ll have to forgive me, particularly if you come to the con. Basically, I hear myself say things and go “did I say that?”
I’m supposed to have adult supervision for the first two weeks (says so on the label) because otherwise I might not realize I am acting strange. Well, I thought a three week interruption in the meds didn’t mean going back to it, and when I was being strange, I didn’t realize it. And heaven knows what I did with the id. If I get stuck in Provo Utah, I expect of detachment of you guys to break me out.
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Now onto the reason I’m posting today, other than the fact that I got confused and put Amanda up yesterday — and yeah, I have a ton of guest posts and was going to cue one of them — is that on the way from registration, I was forced to pass a CNN screen doing the “gun control” shuffle in reference to yesterday’s school shooting.
I don’t know the details of the case, other than this was a former student, 19 years old, and expelled for behavior issues. The other thing I know is that most schools, if not all, are already gun free zones, so zones of total gun control, and not in the sense of keeping your booger hook off the bang switch.
And yeah, I know, people will say other countries don’t have school shootings. What they can’t and won’t say is that other countries don’t have school violence, which trust me, they do. They also won’t tell you that our school system is unique in a bunch of ways that might contribute to school shootings, things like the warm body policy, in which people aren’t really expelled except things are incredibly serious, etc. Also the expectation that everyone will go to school and graduate. In some places it’s more expectation than reality, but it’s still an expectation. We also don’t stratify into college and other tracks. This causes the school population to be rather different than in other countries.
Leaving all that aside, and knowing bloody zero about this particular shooting, has anyone ever considered that the reason for so much school violence and maladaptation (and not just shooting violence) is that school is not adapting to the new millennium?
I mean, has anyone, anyone who is even mildly odd, be it in intelligence (high or low) or just personality never wanted to destroy his school, classmates included or not?
I think it took me years after high school to stop having vivid dreams where I was trapped in school and trying to get out.
As Blake pointed out in the Mad Genius Club post last week, school is aimed at the middle of the personality and IQ distribution (this, btw, means it’s inherently better for girls, who, statistically, hunch there.)
I realize this might have been not only necessary, given the technology of the 20th century, in which schooling was only efficiently delivered in mass groups and in a standardized format, but also a desired outcome, since most of life was lived in groups and standardized, from the clothes we bought to the offices we’ve worked in, to the news we had delivered.
It wasn’t good, particularly for geniuses and morons, and people who were eccentric, but it was what it was for the world as it was.
However, in the dawn of the 21st century, why are we still doing it that way? I homeschooled a kid and he mostly took courses on line, because I’m not a math genius, and I learned Greek on line along with him, since I did not know it. Computers delivered his education the way he wanted it, needed it and could absorb it.
Yes, I’ve met “homeschooled” kids who weren’t, and who knew nothing. I’ve met more of those as the result of public schools.
Locking people in a large group of the same age and letting the social mechanics develop along prison lines might enable, encourage and honestly cause some of this violence. Sure some kids will need tutors and a place to work in, and yep, it’s in the interests of the common society to encourage and help that.
But standard curriculum? institutional classrooms? Solve the question of credentials by exams, and set the children free. The adults too.
More and more public education is a solution in search of a problem. And boy, is it finding problems.
Stop trying to enforce conformity. Let my people go.