Wednesday, April 27, 2005

More out of control cops & ineffective teachers

How's this for overkill? In Tampa, sheriff's deputies apparently handcuffed a 5-year-old girl and arrested her for being disruptive in class on March 14th. And of course, the whole event was captured on video. Her family's attorney is, of course, "planning leagal action" the school board & sheriff's office.

What a shock, a 5-year-old being unruly & disruptive in a kindergarten class? Wow, I've never heard that one before. I never acted up, got spanked or sent to the principal's office for acting up in kindergarten...NOT! That's the way most 5-year-olds act from time to time, and usually the teacher is strong enough to either settle the child down or discipline them so that they won't act up again. But calling the cops? I think I've found the real issue here: lazy union teachers that think they don't have to work for a living and that all children should be drugged to make them docile. What a wake-up call for the teachers & thier unions. I think that the family is within thier rights to file a legal action againt the school board for what looks like a gross over-reaction to a child's temper tantrum. I wonder if we'll hear about the settlement or if this will be buried by the school board & the media? Time will tell on this one.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Even West Virginia gets it right sometimes

Here's a good one from tonight's Wall Street Journal evening wrap-up. They're moving in the right direction in WV against multi-culturalism, maybe we should try this nationwide:

West Virginia: Now Available in English

The fact that most U.S. state legislatures write their proposed laws in English doesn't make them any easier to read, apparently. West Virginia lawmakers, for example, recently voted to make English the state's official language, but didn't realize they'd done so until two days after taking a recess. To a not-so-hotly-contested bill concerning boards of parks and recreation, Senate Majority Whip Billy Wayne Bailey added an amendment that set rules about record-keeping -- and oh, by the way, said, "English shall be the official language of the State of West Virginia." Lawmakers passed the bill and its amendments on the last day of their latest session. House Majority Leader Rick Staton pushed for the bill's passage, but didn't realize it contained the English-only amendment until he was asked about it by the Associated Press. West Virginia is the eighth state in the past 10 years to adopt English-only laws, which proponents say will encourage immigrants to learn the language. They've pushed for such a change in West Virginia for the past several years, but opponents, who believe the law would unfairly punish immigrants, have blocked it until now.