Jun 252009

In his dissenting opinion in Safford Unified School District No. 1 v. Redding, Justice Clarence Thomas argued that the strip search of a middle-schooler was justfiable and out of the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction.

“Preservation of order, discipline and safety in public schools is simply not the domain of the Constitution,” he said. “And, common sense is not a judicial monopoly or a constitutional imperative.”

First of all, I don’t believe public education itself is permitted by the Constitution, but I’m sure Justice Thomas would disagree. Secondly, the actions of a school official would not likely be a constitutional issue if the school in question were not public. Thirdly, because the school in question is public, the constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure ought to apply. After all, the Bill of Rights was intended to protect individuals from the abuses and depredations of the state. Lastly, why the hell would a child not have a reasonable expectation of privacy with regard to undressed body?!

Jun 222009

Entries from this blog are cross-posted to my Facebook account. My recent post on funding public education generated an interesting discussion there. I promised those involved that I would share their comments with others so that they might be answered by folks with different and/or better arguments than I. The following is a slightly edited version of the conversation, presented for your perusal and response. Continue reading »

Jun 222009

If you read my post on funding education and found it remotely interesting (regardless of whether or not you liked it), you might be interested in this podcast. Warning for the those lacking patience or attention spans: it’s about 27 minutes long.

“Property Taxes and Education in Alabama” by Mark Thornton (player, mp3)

Jun 112009

I’m not a fan of public education. I don’t like seeing children indoctrinated into blind faith and belief that we can’t be trusted to run our own lives and our wise and generous government should instead be obediently trusted with omnipotence and omnipresence in order to grace us with its omnibenevolence. Nor do think the best instruction bureaucracy can buy does a particularly good job at educating children. Consequently, if I have any real choice in the matter, my children will either be homeschooled or go to a private school. If only I could also opt out of paying for public education I’d rather not use…

But I digress. The point I really wanted to make when I started writing this post is that public education is funded by horrible compromise measures that cannot even please the socialists who want it so badly. I see some possible solutions to the problem, all of which are unfortunately politically leprous.

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