Friday, June 29, 2007

Another Reason to Homeschool

From Opinion Journal of the Wall Street Journal, an editorial discussing the infamous 'bong hits 4 jesus' case that was just dealt with in the supreme court by siding with the principal's ability to curb speech that could be disruptive to school off of school grounds (it was a school sponsored event).

The editorial quotes from Justice Thomas' concurrence:
Meanwhile, Justice Clarence Thomas, in a concurring opinion, took about half a line to say, "I agree," and proceeded to write one of the most compelling essays I've seen on the decline and fall of American public education. I would happily hand out Justice Thomas's opinion on street corners (though www.supremecourtus.gov relieves me of that burden).

What he's done is rummage back through school cases, mostly from 19th century state courts, to invoke the idea of a public school. His premise is that the schools' role was most certainly in loco parentis, in that they and parents broadly agreed on what made an adolescent grow into a good person; what schools need least is court interference in this hard job.

The 'in loco parentis' phrase is what can frighten parents so much.

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