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http://www.lukeford.net/blog/?p=78850 Robert Weisberg writes: This misguided anti-pain policy is perfectly illustrated by Obama’s plan to soften the consequences of criminal behavior–early release of some 6000 supposedly non-violent convicted felons, revising mandatory federal sentencing laws, prohibiting federal agencies to ask about criminal convictions in initial job screening (banning the box) and perhaps most of all, pressuring local police departments to lighten up on enforcing laws against African Americans (e.g., ending racial profiling).
But, far worse is Obama administration’s effort to shield black K-12 students from punishment. This is a politically driven policy detached from reality, and that this bogus “kindness” appears to be wildly popular among many blacks only adds insult to injury.
All learning necessarily involves pain so attending school means suffering. That’s why school is compulsory and the parents of truants are punished by fines and jail time. Students must be in school regardless of contrary inclination or minor health problems, learn to sit still, suppress their urge to socialize with classmates (or gossip on cell phones), master uninteresting subjects, obey orders from adults, go to the bathroom and eat only at scheduled times, and experience the damaged self-esteem that comes with publicly screwing up. Even more distressful will be the regular punishment for violating standards of school conduct: being chided by sarcastic teachers, after-school detention, calling parents in and for particularly serious violations, suspensions, expulsions and at least in some schools (mainly in the South), corporal punishment. In a sense, school learning is about pain management.
Now for the unspeakable truth: many—perhaps most–underclass children, regardless of race, require remedial, forceful socialization to compensate for the deficiencies of their home and community environments. School administrators need not worry about the children of Tiger Moms running wild given their already laudable disciplinary habits. Matters are quite different, however, when children grow up in chaos, lack adult supervision, have minimal self-control and similar traits needed for academic achievement. It is hardly accidental that authoritarian, highly structured, discipline-heavy Catholic schools often out-perform public schools with troubled under-class students. http://www.unz.com/article/the-costly-war-on-pain/
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