Big Brother is Coming
5/8/2011 2:20 PM
In this morning’s Globe there is a story out of Melrose about eleven student athletes being suspended because of pictures of them consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana have appeared on FaceBook. This violates school policy. As a conservative, I have an issue with this.
First, in the words of our commander in chief, let me be clear, I am not advocating the use of these substances by minors, but do schools have the right to regulate what students do off school property and own their own time? While the article doesn’t expressly state who provided school authorities with the pictures, it is implied it may have been someone who may have been implicated in the same situation before school started in September.
I have two problems with what has happened here. First, the school or more accurately Government, has no business telling our children what they can or cannot do on their own time. It is the responsibility for the students parents to instill a sense of what is right and what is wrong behavior. Again I am not condoning underage drinking, but it is my responsibility as a parent to talk to my children about it. Second, it certainly appears we are promoting a “Big Brother” type society in which we pit neighbor against neighbor in order to “correct” the problems we have.
This is what our society has become; we can’t do anything without the Government telling us it is okay. We are ruled by people who supposedly know what is better for us then we do and want to control every aspect of our lives. The school has no right to dictate what any student does on their own time and when they are not on school property. It is as simple as that.
We continue to elect these kinds of people, at all levels of government, and it is time for all of us conservatives to stop electing and reelecting these people. It starts at the local level. I realize that most local elections are over for this year, but now is the time to become involved and get ready for next year. We all need to get involved in the policies which are being passed and questioning what your elected officials are doing.
And it is also time for we as parents to be parents. We should not expect our schools to raise our children. That is our job. Teachers are paid to teach not babysit. Now whether they are teaching what we as conservatives believe they should be teaching is a matter for another day, but our teachers and school officials should not be expected to be substitutes for Mom and Dad.
Copyright ©2011 Paul Roy
2 comment(s) so far...
By Steven on
5/16/2011 3:27 AM
Re: Big Brother is Coming
I found your post while searching for like-minded conservatives and their blogs online.
As to your article, I agree with you 100%. The state of things today, especially in Mass. has become so far removed from what most of us 30+ year old residents grew up with, that problems arise and change quicker than solutions can be found.
When I was in middle and high school, the school(s) wouldn't of said word one to any of the students. What would have happened is, the parents would of been notified and shown the evidence, and when the student arrived home, THEN, the punishment(s) would occur.
Now however, the kids probably got the beer and weed from their parents in the first place. So while I don't agree with the school being the disciplinarian, we NEED someone to be.
Remember, these same kids are someday going to be adults. Also knowing that most of today's parents don't care for their kids properly, I don't want my kid's in a school where NO ONE does anything. If the parents are too stupid, lazy, or whatever to deal with their kid's, then I want someone to.
Thanks for the forum,
By Paul Roy on
5/16/2011 3:31 AM
Re: Big Brother is Coming
The problem becomes where should the school's influence end? Should it be 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
There are some fundamental ill s of our society, such as the fact parents aren't good parents. I often wonder why that is, I wonder what happened in the last couple generations. Unfortunately, I don't think there is an easy answer.