[MINISTRY] Juan's ZeroHedge article - “Not All Teens are Begging for their Rights to be Taken”
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Thu Apr 5 05:03:10 PDT 2018
Well duh! Much that folks round here could agree with.
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Not All Teens are Begging for their Rights to be Taken
Via The Daily Bell
Authoritarianism creeps in from seemingly unlikely places.
Government officials will start with a premise that seems pretty
“Kids need to be protected. In order for parents and officials to
protect them, kids can’t have full rights like adults.”
As child labor, compulsory schooling, and other “protective” laws
have accelerated over the last 100 years, the definition of “child”
has gone from something like under 14-years-old to 16, 18, and 21 in
But don’t worry, it’s just “kids” that don’t have rights. It’s just
that American society considers people in their early twenties
In fact, you can’t even run for the House of Representatives until
age 25. According to what America fought its war of independence
over–“No taxation without representation”–people under 25 should be
exempt from federal taxes.
And yet the media has manipulated teens into marching not to have
their human rights restored, but to take more of their rights away.
They want to make sure no one under 21 can protect themselves.
This again is one of those things that sounds like a reasonable idea.
“Teenagers are unstable, we don’t want them having guns!”
Of course, 15-year-old gang members already seem quite capable of
getting guns. And basically any 15-year-old in America can get
cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal drugs.
So instead of protecting “kids,” and protecting society from “kids,”
these rules serve only to infantilize teens. It is a spiral–as teens
are more restricted, they lash out in protest, which is used as
further evidence of the need to restrict them.
“Disturbing Schools” and “Disorderly Conduct”
Teens are deprived of their liberty by being forced to attend public
schools. And while forced to attend, they are subject to arbitrary
and vague laws.
In South Carolina, almost 10,000 students under 16 have entered the
criminal justice system due to laws against “disturbing schools,” and
“disorderly conduct.” Ironically, students over 16 were not included
in the statistics because they were charged as adults. So they don’t
have the rights that adults have, but they can still be treated like
an adult by the criminal justice system.
Students were charged for things like recording a school resource
officer pulling a girl from her desk, throwing her to the ground, and
Students sued with the help of the ACLU. The court found that the
laws chill freedom of expression and present a credible threat that
students will be prosecuted for exercising their rights in the
[The Court] determined [PDF] multiple students arrested and
charged with violating the state’s “disturbing schools” law and
“disorderly conduct” statute made sufficient arguments that the
statutes are too vague for students to know what conduct will be
interpreted as violating the law.
The appeals court found the claims that they chill students’
exercise of free expression, “forcing them to refrain from
exercising their constitutional rights or to do so at the risk of
arrest and prosecution,” were valid. It vacated a district court
decision and remanded the case.
Some people think schools need to be tough on teens to teach them
discipline. The problem is that this only teaches obedience to
arbitrary authority, and filters the resistance into the prison
Hardening schools is not the way to go.
School is alleged to prepare kids for jobs. The key difference is
that jobs are not compulsory. You can choose a job based on a number
of factors. There are countless options if you don’t like the rules
or atmosphere of one workplace.
But school is forced on kids. Without their consent, they are placed
in a building where they have to obey orders, ask permission to use
the bathroom, eat at specific times, and study what they are told to
They have no choice in the matter. But cracking down on the
dissidents with more and more authoritarianism, unfortunately, does
prepare them for real life. Hardening schools shape students to live
in a hardened society. They may not learn math and reading, but they
learn how to interact with the state: obey or meet violence.
Schools are starting to look more like jails. What do you think will
be the result on society, when generations of children have been
brought up indoctrinated to think that it is normal for the
government to search them, monitor them, question them, and dictate
every second of their day?
Removing arbitrary laws like the ones in South Carolina is a great
start, but it doesn’t get at the deeper problem. But there are other
positive signs that solutions are brewing to cure the underlying
Free Range Parenting
Utah passed a law to clarify that parents cannot get in legal trouble
for allowing their otherwise well cared for children some autonomy.
For instance, if a child is not otherwise neglected, allowing them to
walk to school and play alone at the playground at an appropriate age
cannot be considered child abuse or neglact.
This cuts to the core of the problem because parenting styles that
are not as mainstream cannot be considered illegal.
But the theory behind free-range parenting has merit. It is based on
the science that says coercion leads to psychological problems.
A sponsor of the law had it right when he said:
Kids need to wonder about the world, explore and play in it, and
by doing so learn the skills of self-reliance and problem-solving
they’ll need as adults. As a society, we’ve become too hyper
about ‘protecting’ kids and then end up sheltering them from the
experiences that we took for granted as we were kids.
The structure of public school is so bad that it really should be
thrown out. There is really no reason in the modern era to have
compulsory public schools.
The state cannot properly design a society from the top down. It has
been tried and always fails.
But allowing schools to control kids in public schools is allowing
them to design society.
The reason free-range parenting works is because it admits that even
parents, with the best interests of their children in mind, cannot
always know how to dictate the best course for their children. So
instead of helicoptering, they let go of a little control and allow
their children autonomy.
Five Ways Schools Destroy Children’s Freedom (and what to do about
7 Reasons to Shut Down Public Schools Immediately and Permanently.
You don’t have to play by the rules of the corrupt politicians,
manipulative media, and brainwashed peers.
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