June 14, 2013

M.D. Harmon: Suppose in a world of zero tolerance, cars were the target

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He quotes Dr. Leonard Sax, a psychologist and family physician, as saying such policies are "psychotic, in the strict sense of the word ... out of touch with reality."

Sax said there are more effective ways of addressing violence than by "disengaging boys from school altogether."

Reynolds is more critical: "What's up with this? It's not based on any concern with safety. ... There's more going on here than simple school discipline. Who treats a 5-year-old this way? It smacks of fanaticism."

He concludes, "I think it's about the administrative class ... doing its best to exterminate the very idea of guns. It's some sort of wacky moral-purity crusade. If a few toddlers have to suffer along the way, that's tough."

Guns, like cars, are only inanimate tools, and like any tool from hammers to chain saws, can be used for good or evil purposes.

So these crackdowns seem primarily to be punishing boys for being boys -- something many social critics say we have been doing for a generation.

And public-school "zero tolerance" policies, Reynolds notes, help explain why home schooling and private schools are becoming more popular every year.

M.D. Harmon, a retired journalist and military officer, is a free-lance writer and speaker. He can be contacted at:



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