Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"We must observe and control the childrens' thoughts

for the good of the revolution."
The letter says federal officials have reinterpreted the civil-rights laws that require school principals to curb physical bullying, as well as racist and sexist speech, that take place within school boundaries. Under the new interpretation, principals and their schools are legally liable if they fail to curb “harassment” of students, even if it takes place outside the school, on Facebook or in private conversation among a few youths.

“Harassing conduct may take many forms, including verbal acts and name-calling; graphic and written statements, which may include use of cell phones or the Internet… it does not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents [but] creates a hostile environment … [which can] limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by a school,” according to the far-reaching letter, which was completed Oct. 26 by Russlynn Ali, who heads the agency’s civil rights office.
Pissed off yet? If not, this should do it:
Following the discovery of “harassment,” officials may have to require mandatory training of students and their families, according to the Ali letter. “The school may need to provide training or other interventions not only for the perpetrators, but also for the larger school community, to ensure that all students, their families, and school staff can recognize harassment if it recurs and know how to respond… [and] provide additional services to the student who was harassed in order to address the effects of the harassment,” said the letter.
Translation: "If you do not think and speak in the approved manner, we will reeducate you so that you do."

Lamppost, rope, bureaucrats & politicians...


skidmark said...

I never thought I'd see the day when "But it's for the children" meant that the executive branch can change the interpretation of the law as laid down by SCOTUS. Heck, there's not even an indication of legislation being proposed in order to accomplish that in accordance with the Constitution.

OOPS! Just noticed the error in my thinking there. Of course that mere piece of paper need not be considered when they are involved in something as important as saving the children. My bad. Carry on, never mind. Nothing to see here.

stay safe.

wv=muslibul. That's what the DOE letter is.

The Freeholder said...

Stake, firewood and kerosene.