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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Because almost no one learns to read and write at home, free secular and compulsory education was needed to create universal literacy.

    But now we learn to use the telephone, the mobile, the television, the computer, the internet, at home. It is obvious we no longer need compulsory education to become electrically literate.

    This is a direct threat to the schools and the values they embody.

    The schools are necessarily based on authoritarian values, and as these values are under existential threat, the schools defend their values as they defend their raison d'être.
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    I was hoping to come here and say "good" in response to some human or animal torture, and instead found this stupidity.

    FELONY? REALLY?

    Maybe a ticket or a misdemeanor.

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    sigh. really?
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    Oh. Florida. That explains it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmotini View Post
    I was hoping to come here and say "good" in response to some human or animal torture, and instead found this stupidity.

    FELONY? REALLY?

    Maybe a ticket or a misdemeanor.
    yeah, I saw that bullshit the other day... .along with the story of the eagle Scout who accidentally drove to school with his skeet shooter rifle in the car, called home to ask his mom to come get it, was overheard by school officials, told them what happened, and as a reward was on the verge of getting completely screwed over by the system.

    The authorities are living in fear and don't want to be liable for any incidents... so teenagers have no more leeway to make mistakes.
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    Felony seems a bit harsh given the circumstances of the situation. Detention or temporary suspension from school, yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LevelZeroHero View Post
    Terrorism works, apparently.
    Agreed. The most relevant part of the article:

    Silly risks should not be encouraged, but unreasonable, ridiculous responses like this send a frightening message to curious students: step out of line, make a mistake and you and your parent’s lives can be ruined. If this is the punishment for experimentation, how can we expect the current educational paradigm to produce more Ben Franklins, or Nicola Teslas?

    Does America not need more scientists and engineers? Isn’t the reality of science perpetual failure until discovery? How many of the bright minds of tomorrow are stifled by fear of cruel and unusual punishment at the hands of bureaucrats? Should we emphasize that one bad decision determines a lifetime of punishment, such as being deemed a felonious criminal?

    Perhaps the best punishment for this exceptional student would have been a lengthy assignment detailing safety measures. If necessary, perhaps an essay explaining what she learned with a thorough plan to not repeat risky experiments again without closer teacher supervision. Perhaps, if administrators were interested in their student’s future and less about the momentary thrill of exercising power over others, Wilmot could have been encouraged to pursue a track in science.
    Students like this should be corrected and encouraged, not persecuted. She did omit one key step in the scientific method: background research, the step most often omitted from explanations of the scientific method.
    I've been called a criminal, a terrorist, and a threat to the known universe. But everything you were told is a lie. The truth is, they've taken our freedom, our home, and our future. The time has come for all humanity to take a stand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    Students like this should be corrected and encouraged, not persecuted.
    With the authoritarian system based on literacy under existential threat by the electronic media, they fear things will fall apart, the centre will not hold, and mere chaos will be loosed upon the world.

    So the electronic media are conflated with terrorism, and students who step out of the sequential linear line are terrorists. And we know how to deal with terrorists, don't we?

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    Ridiculous. Tell the girl she should smarten up with chemicals, stern lecture, end of story.
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