Monday, August 01, 2011

Delinquent Factories

A letter to The Age argues:
IT IS a great irony that Victoria can find billions of dollars to build a ''super jail'', yet the Education Department has to strip its already limited resources down some $481 million (''Job cuts feared in education revamp'', The Saturday Age, 30/7).

When will governments wake up and understand that instead of a super jail, we should put those billions into super education. The result would be a greatly reduced prison population. Giving kids a good education and social values means that crime would be a less likely career option.

Ilana Leeds, Caulfield North
It's probably time to start discussing the social values imparted on students while at school.

When I was a lad, the sight of the Headmaster strolling down the corridoor would fill me with terror (even though I was usually sure I hadn't done anything). A police officer, even more so.

When students from a 'good school' in a 'nice area' have no hesitation at all in telling a police officer to "get fuc**d", as I frequently observe when drunken schoolkids are chased away from my local park, it's pretty safe to assume the teachers and Headmaster Principal don't fare better.

Students can't be taught the difference between right and wrong, if there are no consequences for doing the wrong thing. Whether it's a teacher who can't give them a flogging, or a police officer who can do little more than give them a lift home to their parents, kids today are on a fast-track to criminality, thanks to social engineering exercises over the last 20 years which have failed. Worst, the very same 'experts' who got us in this mess, are now the ones charged with 'fixing' teenage drinking and drug problems.


Anonymous Chistery said...

I was a student from a 'good school' in a 'nice area' during a time when the cane was still in use.

Shortly after school one former student killed her mother and another was jailed for armed robbery. They were f*cked units in school so whilst their crimes were shocking to hear about, the fact that they turned out to be criminals was hardly surprising.

Yes they were morons at school and that may fit into a profile of a criminal.

But a having access to a good education doesn't turn a moron into a genius and it's important to have facilities around to segregate those who, even at the age of 12, are rotten to the core and demonstrate no qualities of someone who can be a productive member of a civilised society.

Whilst housing scum like these will forever be a net drain on taxpayers whereas education is a net asset, the amount of money you spend on one is not inversely proporational to the other.

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