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November 2, 2003
The First Sane Argument Against School Vouchers I've Seen

Yeah, I know, this isn't funny ... except it is, in a class-warfare kind of way:

Three high school students — a sophomore girl and two junior boys — have been expelled from an exclusive preparatory school in the Sepulveda Pass for allegedly making a sexually explicit video and distributing it on school grounds. ... Wrubel, who did not release the students' names or ages, said two of the students in the video seemed not to know that the recording would be shown to anyone outside a close circle of friends. "They thought they were just doing it for fun," Wrubel said. "And then it showed up in school."

I expect that the ACLU will sue the school on behalf of the two boys, claiming oppression of free-speech rights, and Gloria Allred will sue on behalf of the girl, for any manner of civil damages, and for good reason. Still, parents put kids in these schools to keep them from the bad influence of middle- and lower-class children, so you wonder where they got this idea, right?

Wrubel said she worried that the students were simply mimicking what they see on television, without the benefit of an adult understanding of what effect their actions might have on their dignity.

What they see on television. So maybe it's not other peoples' kids that are the problem. Maybe parents ought to make sure their teenagers aren't watching porn videos on TV. Don't get me wrong, I think that schools like these are the antidote to the education monopoly that enforces mediocrity onto children who can't afford to go outside the public school system, and this school showed why: they expelled the three students involved. I'm just saying that delinquency is not just an inner-city problem, nor will vouchers guarantee a risk-free education experience for children. Lack of parental supervision occurs across all economic bands, although the reasons are different.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 2, 2003 11:32 AM

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