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Example of inability (or unwillingness) to think by the public educational system:

Middle school student suspended for opening door

According to an anonymous e-mail sent to The Tidewater News, the “A” student opened the door for a woman he knew, who had her hands full. The e-mail also indicated the student received a one-day, out-of-school suspension.

Example of inability (or unwillingness) of the parent(s) who send their child to this mandated prison camp:

Mother of suspended student says she didn’t know about rule

Jackson would like an apology from the school and plans to talk to the School Board about the Feb. 24 incident during the board’s 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, meeting at the Southampton Technical Career Center.

That’s not to say she disagrees with the policy. Jackson, however, doesn’t believe parents were properly informed.

“Not a single one of us doesn’t want our kids to be safe,” she said.

How much the American Taxpayers are “contributing” to this farce overall across the Nation?

The Administration is requesting $48.8 billion in non-Pell Grant discretionary appropriations for the Department of Education, an increase of $2.0 billion, or 4.3 percent, over the 2011 Continuing Resolution (CR) level.

An estimated 58.8 million children of school age reside in the United States and according to the Cato Institute,

Real spending per pupil ranges from a low of
nearly $12,000 in the Phoenix area schools to a
high of nearly $27,000 in the New York metro
area. The gap between real and reported per-pupil
spending ranges from a low of 23 percent in the
Chicago area to a high of 90 percent in the Los
Angeles metro region.

Suspending a young man for opening a door for a member of the Staff laden with educational materials certainly seems to fly in the face of The Southampton School Mission Statement County:

We’re Opening The Door To Excellence


Or perhaps the suspension had more to do with a “Zero Tolerance” policy that flies in the face of common sense. Chivalry is not dead, it just isn’t on this weeks lesson plan – therefore is Verboten.