posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 09:31 PM
What is all of the violence in schools? Yes violence occurs as it does in most places in society. But, having now taught in several different
schools ranging from rural to suburb to inner city I don't see quite the emergency level of violence that seems to be the common perception. There
was a string of horrific events that occured a few years ago that pushed us into this zero tolerence mentality, but it almost follows the old adage
that you never hear about the planes that land safely. You never hear about the thousands of schools that have no more violence then the occasional
fight. I mean, its to the point that the school I go to no longer provides those little flimsy plastic picnic knives in the caferteria because they
could be used as weapons. Keeping people safe is one thing and should be observed and there were reforms made that were completely necessary and
proper, but sometimes it goes too far.
As far as the bomb thing, mixed feelings. Probably not the smartest thing to do, but I guarantee those students will remember that chemistry lesson.
There are uses of explosives beyond vandalism and terrorism. Also, I didn't see how large the explosions were. I mean you can go to most stores and
buy fireworks, so if it wasn't anything more then that, its just a cool science experiment.
ON THE OTHER HAND if he was told not to do the experiment by the administrtion as the article say then he was wrong. Finally, even though it may be
cool and educational, teaching such things to teens sets up some liability issues that I wouldn't want to incur, as evidenced by the kid going out
and trying the experiment on a golf course. So, I've covered every side of the issue and not come to a conclusion lol. Tricky issue.