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The Lord of the Flies School

12/28/2010 Comments (29)

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I decided to put the children in charge.

I hesitate to call an idea stupid (OK, I really don’t), but in the history of stupid ideas, this gets top billing right next to getting involved in a land war in Asia and “Flock of Seagulls” haircuts.

The idea?  Schools entirely run by kids.  Little kids.

What could go wrong?

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This is clearly an NBC puff piece, but I cannot help but speculate if, perhaps, the producers are making some subliminal commentary.

Take the success story mentioned in the piece.  The crowning glory which proves the success of the program, a cleaning lady.

The included endorsement of the program by an MIT grad proves the old axiom that great folly requires a great education.  I trust that your average cleaning lady would laugh at such a premise.

Children need structure.  Children need authority.  Children need guidance.  Children need training in the empirical and the moral.  You know why?  Kids are dopey, that is their defining quality.  Dopey.

The only thing more dopey than children is a parent who would send their child to such a place.


Thanks to Dakota for the video.

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.