Let me add a thought on restricting 6th grade material. when your parents let you choose whatever you want to read, that is a major difference compared to when the authority figure, the school requires it. Your parents may preach Jesus or tell you there is no god, but when the school does either it is a major problem; verboten! IMO, this commonsense approach works: Government schools may not support any religion nor demean same. I see no difference in substituting Moral Views for Religion. It would be nice if the public schools of TN taught math, English, critical thinking & logic. the successful students will handle life & controversy quite well.
Yes, for 12 year olds in the 6th grade social studies would be pretty non-controversial. the 12 yr old brain has not yet developed the ability to make judgments on many issues. Most likely, being very impressionable, would reflect their parents' views. By the time they get to the 11th & 12th grades they are more capable of questioning both the parents' views, prejudices, as well as varied sides of controversial issues. They are the perfect age for debate. So I think schools should restrict based on age.
I assume, from the article, the bans were only for "unsuited to age." Makes sense to me. I do not believe any book recommended for a 6th grade class should deal with major controversies in society. by the 12th grade these issues may be relevant.
I would pay attention to the "Pith" report on the 516 killed by permit holders if the report stated what any self-respecting news source would do; i.e., how many were justified, how many were crimes?
Well, I thought I was both well read & well informed. I'd never heard of this group before.
Greg, just a thought! Ayn Rand, like most of us, paid into Social Security her entire working life. It is not an entitlement. it is an insurance policy paid for by the individual and guaranteed by the federal government. it is the latter guarantor that has created the problem. Had any insurance company manipulated their funds as did the Congress in control of the Social Security Trust Fund, that company would have had a criminal indictment and a trial, sort of like Enron. But Congress is immune to both the law governing such matters in the public arena, and to a general amount of Common Sense. They choose to bribe the voters, while accepting corporate donations, all to secure their sinecures.
The problem with Congress people is the same problem a large number of folks have. Both want to live at tax payers' expense.
Simple logic. We restrict guns to those who pass a thorough background check via both the TBI & FBI, but any gangbanger can carry a long knife. I personally fear the knife more than the gun. I've faced both. most folk who use a knife for an assault are pretty proficient in the art of knife fighting. most gangbangers with a gun usually can't hit a close target with one shot. It is also fairly easy to disarm a guy with a gun unless he has been police or military trained. Disarming a knife wielder is not generally too successful.
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