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Zach
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Camille Paglia after Columbine

Since we're into school shootings and gun issues I recall reading one of her pieces right after Columbine. I found it and it's an interesting look back in time.

over a decade ago

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We are warehousing students from childhood to early adulthood, channeling them toward middle-class professional jobs that they may or may not want. Young, male, hormonally driven energy is trapped and stultified by school, with its sterile regimentation into cubical classrooms and cramped rows of seats.



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She's so good!
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At home, American teenagers are being simultaneously babied and neglected, while at school they have become, in effect, prisoners of the state. Primary school should be stripped down to the bare bones of grammar, art, history, math and science. We need to offer optional vocational and technical schools geared to concrete training in a craft or trade. Practical, skills-based knowledge gives students a sense of mastery, even if they don’t stay in that profession. A wide range of careers might be pedagogically developed, such as horticulture and landscape design; house construction and outfitting; automotive and aviation mechanics; restaurant culinary arts; banking, accounting, investment and small business management.

The mental energy presently being recreationally diverted by teens to the Internet and to violent video games (one of the last arenas for masculine action, however imaginary) is clearly not being absorbed by school. We have a gigantic educational assembly line that coercively processes students and treats them with Ritalin or therapy if they can’t sit still in the cage. The American high school as social scene clearly spawns internecine furies in sexually stunted young men — who are emotionally divorced from their parents but too passive to run away, so that they turn their inchoate family hatreds on their peers. Like the brainy rich-kid criminals Leopold and Loeb (see the 1959 film “Compulsion”), the Columbine killers were looking for meaning and chose the immortality of infamy, the cold ninth circle of the damned.


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I didn't belong to a clique in high school. I had friends that could be found at every social level. I was a loner, but I wasn't a wallflower as I wouldn't shy away from social events and meeting new people.


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She's so good!


Agree with her perspective. Government schools aren't preparing our kids to make a living. Most employers don't want liberal arts air heads; they need responsible employees with practical knowledge/skills.


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Government schools aren't preparing our kids to make a living.


I had this conversation with the president of a school district a few months ago.

He agreed that the current system pretends that everyone is going to be a doctor, lawyer or engineer. He said this is just not realistic.
People are all different and are not geared to this one size fits all mentality. He says vocational education should be brought back.

What's wrong be being a carpenter, plumber, mechanic, electrician, painter?


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plumber, mechanic, electrician


You ever seen how rich the good ones at these trades get?

But we've stigmatized the trades into 'second class' somehow. It's pretty fascinating and sad.


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But we've stigmatized the trades into 'second class' somehow. It's pretty fascinating and sad.


I agree.


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TrueTiger
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You ever seen how rich the good ones at these trades get?



I've personally paid handsomely to get work like this done. I can imagine that if you do it well, it would add up.

I wonder if Obamacare crams down doctor fees, could these trades could become more attractive than being an MD?


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RandyVandy
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Agree with her perspective. Government schools aren't preparing our kids to make a living. Most employers don't want liberal arts air heads; they need responsible employees with practical knowledge/skills.



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Primary school should be stripped down to the bare bones of grammar, art, history, math and science.


I would also including doing boring stuff all day in an environment that may not provide an outlet for one's masculine passions or natural interests a pretty practical skill.


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