In a previous blog on this site I talked about Portland’s School System going off the deep end about how racist a peanut butter and jelly sandwich was.
Well the Denver School System has topped that one. What are these school educators thinking? Are they intentionally trying to see just how far they can carry their insanity?
The Greeley-Evans School District in Denver has banned the use of the numbers 13, 14, 18, 31, 41 and 81 from their schools. A student at one of the local elementary schools was cited for wearing the number 18 on a football jersey which had the number 18 on the front and on the back. The jersey was created in the Bronco’s colors and style. The student was using it to celebrating the student’s hero Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning who wears the number 18.
The reason given for banning the numbers 13, 14 and 18 was that they could be “associated” with local street gangs, the 18th Street gang and two other gangs. The reason for banning the numbers 31, 41 and 81 was because they were just the same numbers written in reverse.
It amazes me how our supposed educated educators can be so stupid. They are supposed to be the smart ones but they are far from it. Of course this all has to do with the nationwide zero tolerance policy adopted by our public school system. I guess these educators believe in absolute zero and nothing else. But if they were truly intelligent then they would know that there can never be an absolute zero because there can never be just nothing, there is always something no matter where you. Even in a vacuum there is still “something”.
The ignorance goes even further when the school district tries to justify their actions. The district spokesman Roger Fiedler had the nerve to say “Since we did put this in place, we have had a reduction in the reports or incidents of students displaying gang attire and affiliation.”
I want you to think about that statement for a minute. The number of cases of gang attire or affiliation displays have been reduced after the policy was put in place. What do they expect? If you lock down the acceptable attire to a set of parameters which excludes any possibilities of gang displays of course the displays will be reduced. Notice also that he didn’t say there was a reduction in gang activity or violence just a reduction in displaying their “colors”.
Let me simplify his statement so the everyday person can understand the stupidity in this highly intelligent educator’s words:
We have had fewer people wearing gang numbers since we have stopped everyone from wearing gang numbers.
If that statement is the pinnacle of their intelligence then their education system is in serious trouble.
Their policy covers more than just numbers, it also bans certain garments which are colored red or blue because those are the “display” colors of local gangs. I can understand the need to stop gang activity in our schools, but maybe you should stop the gangs on their own turf so you wouldn’t have to fight them on our turf, in our schools. I can understand banning certain garments that are obviously gang related, but a football jersey isn’t gang related. Until a football gang is created, stop being anal with the rules.
How far are these “educated” people willing to go with their ban on gang attire? Are they aware that one gang in NY prefers Ralph Lauren as their “colors”? Don’t they realize that gangs will always find a way to display their “colors”, regardless of what a school system bans? Are they going to ban Ralph Lauren clothing? What happens when a gang adopts red, white and blue as their “colors”? What happens when a gang adopts the stars and stripes as their “colors”? You can’t censor the public to stop the actions of a few criminals.
As educators they should know that there is an exception for every rule, and as such they should accept that exception. Your zero tolerance policy has a value equal to its name, “zero.” We can’t allow people in authority to alter our behavior just because someone else commits a crime. Every time we do we censor ourselves because of another’s action and we give up a small piece of our freedom. Sooner or later we will run out of freedoms and what will we do then?
I thought that we were supposed to be tolerant, but I guess not in our schools. The liberals preach tolerance all the time but that’s not for our schools. In the schools they preach zero tolerance. Tolerance doesn’t mean censorship. Tolerance means being able to tolerate differences and actions of others. Removing or censoring those differences and actions isn’t being tolerant, instead it is burying your head in the sand. How can we expect our children to learn about the differences and actions of others if they are never allowed to see those differences and actions for themselves? What these educators are doing is revisionist education, not open intelligent teaching. They need to teach tolerance, not program our children with a censorship educational agenda.
The saddest part is that our children are always the first to suffer from their failed policies. Our children are the first to lose their freedoms. No one can protect us or our children from every single possible act of violence, hatred, crime or stupidity. So I wish they would quit trying and leave us alone. In the big picture all their efforts amount to a hill of beans. The hot air expelled by their words amount to nothing more than mouse farts in a world filled with hot air.– BJMJr
You can read more on the “numbers ban” at the following website.
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