In Which I Sound Like A Broken Record

Well, I would ordinarily be conflicted about something like this…as I don’t see teenagers as HUMAN, much less people with actual rights…but we’re all about holding the line here, and this is a definite crossing of it by San Antonio courts:

Court authorities will be able to track students with a history of skipping school under a new program requiring them to wear ankle bracelets with Global Positioning System monitoring.

Let’s go over this again… It isn’t the government’s job to get kids to school, it is the parents’ job. If the parents do not do their job, try fining them. Few things motivate people like money, or the losing thereof.

Penn said students in the program will wear the ankle bracelets full-time and will not be able to remove them

Small wonder, the ACLU has their nose in the matter, but they’re getting it wrong, too:

“We’re all for keeping kids in school, and we applaud any efforts to make that happen,” Burke said.

No. No, no, no, no. And no. Not ANY efforts…but rather efforts involving actual PARENTING.

Too much to ask for, I know.


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4 Responses to “In Which I Sound Like A Broken Record”

  1. Mulligan Says:
    August 25th, 2008

    responsible parents are on the endangered species list
    irresponsibility breeds faster

  2. Mycroft Holmes Says:
    August 25th, 2008

    The good news is, unless they have explosive anti-tampering failsafes, no kid will wear one a week before it malfunctions. With a screwdriver. And if my parents agreed to make me wear one, I wouldn’t feel the slightest remorse for the money they’d have to shell out every time mine broke.

  3. John C Says:
    August 25th, 2008

    I am an example of a parent who struggled for 18 years with a kid who, for whatever reason, fought tooth and nail against anything that was good for him, almost from the moment he was able to crawl. We struggled with him all through his early years, grade and middle school. When he finally got to high school and started ditching class, I would escort him. The problem was I could not sit with him all day because I still had to work. Two other kids to feed, clothe, house, etc. I almost lost my job and house over it. I finally put him in a boys ranch for a year at enormous expense because he was becoming so violent that my younger daughters were at risk. A year of that broke my bank. When he got home, he thumbed his nose at me and went to live with his Grandmother. She couldn’t control him either and he finally stepped in it big time and is now in prison. The last time I spoke to him was 2 days before Christmas when he told me that I ruined his life. I worked my butt off trying to make him into a responsible adult. I am not willing to admit that I failed because I did work so hard for and with him. Sadly, I know a lot of parents who have kids in the same boat because they let it happen and did not fight it.

    Ankle bracelets would have been a joke to my son. For that matter, the boys ranch was a joke to him. He figured out what they wanted to hear and played them and me. I don’t know what I could possibly have done with him to make him turn out different.

    The good thing about this whole situation is that my oldest daughter sees what his life has become and doesn’t want anything remotely similar to it. It has been a hard lesson for her. She also knows and recognizes that we pulled all the stops with him and she doesn’t want to put us through another situation like that. My youngest was fortunate to not have to see the really bad stuff before his incarceration because it happened after he left us. She was only 7 at the time.

    The reason I am posting this short epistle is to merely say that there are some who have done their damnedest and still have lost the battle. I know a few others like myself. Those parents have my respect and admiration, as well as my condolences. On the other hand, parents who have ignored and abdicated their responsibility have my contempt. It is sad what happens to the kids in those situations, but I have trouble placing the full blame on those kids for the failures of their parents.

  4. nunyaa Says:
    August 27th, 2008

    That is the difference though, there are those who make the effort and those who don’t give a rats backside. I think the emphasis is on those parents who do nothing to get their kids into school as spposed to the ones who like John C do it all and then some.


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