Something Feral

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Crossword: '2' Down, 15 letters: "Bedlam; madness"

"Public education.":

Dickey was charged with promoting a suicide attempt and unlawful imprisonment, both felonies, along with two misdemeanors, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawfully dealing with a child.

According to the arrest papers, “she did provide him with alcoholic beverages and Tylenol and Nyquil and did make an agreement whereby [she and the boy] would both commit suicide.”

But get this:

Dickey later was released on $5,000 bail... Both Dickey and the student went missing that afternoon, leading the boy’s family to go public with his name and photo, urging him to return home or contact them.

State Police and Buffalo police found both of them late the next morning, the boy in a Hamburg mall and Dickey sleeping in her vehicle in Springville.

If it were a man in the same situation, I have no doubt in my mind that the bail would be quite a bit higher than $5,000, and the charges would be elevated for the ensuing post-bail shenanigans.

Someone remind me, what precisely is the case in favor of publicly-schooling one's children today?

Maybe this? Or this? Perhaps this. Oh, this isn't going well... Perhaps the high rate of academic achievement?

(Special attention to the 2005 rating in science-related studies for high-school seniors.)


Elusive Wapiti said...

"If it were a man in the same situation, I have no doubt in my mind that the bail would be quite a bit higher than $5,000"

Ah yes, it appears that you have noted the female sentencing discount.

And I would say that those that send their children, particularly their male children, to a public school gulag oughta be charged with child abuse or neglect, or both, depending on your perspective.

Something Feral said...

I whole-heartedly agree. And I'm a big proponent of the Boy Scouts for just such a reason. The environment produces consistently excellent results, which is something that the public re-education system can't claim with any sort of honesty.

Not that I'm saying it's a good environment for girls, either. This system is arguably producing these teachers, and I can't say I'm a fan of the Girl Scouts either; their upper echelons of leadership are politically connected with unsavory moral enterprises, in my opinion.