I'm a Canadian and usually I confine my remarks about America to issues that are so important that I feel they cannot be ignored and should not be
ignored by anyone on the planet. Foreign policy matters, 9/11 and economic issues are fair game for non-Americans to speak up on American domestic
issues. I don't feel like a meddling busybody when I do speak up. I usually let all the other cuckoo manifestations go by unremarked as being none of
my business, a sort of "different strokes for different folks" approach.
But something happened recently where American eccentricity reached a level that can't be overlooked and might be symptomatic of some kind of more
serious national malady.
I'm referring to the recent suspension from school of a 9 year old boy
for calling one of his teachers "cute"
. . . in conversation to a
In my world, what a nine year old does, no matter how odd, as long as it is not a crime, and calling your teacher cute is not
a crime, is
largely let go.
How can a school principal, with 44 years experience in education, possibly believe that calling your teacher cute calls for a suspension of the
student making the remark?
The "remark" was overheard by another teacher, not the subject of the remark, who reported it to the principal. Then the suspension was issued. After
all the dust settled following a protest from the suspended student's mother, the principal resigned. Fair enough. He may have been suffering from
politically correct, nanny state, Patriot Act "shell shock" anyway, and may well be better off in retirement.
But what is going on down there?
This is very reminiscent of a situation that occurred not long ago in Pakistan or Afghanistan where a young girl in her early teens made a spelling
mistake because two opposite meaning words looked very much alike in Arabic script. Spelling it one way, it meant that God was good and spelling it
the other way (her way) meant that God sucked.
This happened in an area controlled by religious extremists. She was hauled up in front of the class and beaten by the teacher. Then she was expelled
from school. Then her parents lost their home and then the family had to move out of town.
This happened not because the teacher was cruel or because Muslims don't understand children or aren't kind people. This happened because people in
that region are fearful of the retribution that might come from the local religious authorities who are all of the above.
People are petrified that if they don't show that they are extremists too, then they might be blamed for someone else's errant ways and punished along
America, are you seriously going down this road? DON'T
edit on 8-12-2011 by ipsedixit because: (no reason given)