"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Turning Campuses in Up-Armored Green Zones

In a hail of gunfire from ammo clips that were illegal before the cowboy hats came to Washington, the Imus shows that replaced the Imus Show have been cancelled faster than you can forget to say handgun regulation.

It seems as if the national dialogue about when it is inappropriate to strut your racism will have to wait until the other dialogue is heard about the best ways to turn our universities into armed, fortified outposts so that we may preserve the inalienable rights of any nut job in America to buy and use his weapon of choice.

The Blackwater mercenaries, freshly back from Iraq, are already making the cable news show rounds giving advice on how to militarize our campuses. Now here is a dialogue where some money can be made.

A clip from a random piece I selected from the L. A. Times:
"If I had my way as security director or police chief, I'd have fences with one point of entrance or one point of exit; you wouldn't get in without an ID or badge, and everyone would wear name tags," said Mullendore, who was police chief at Pasadena City College for 22 years. "[But] somewhere in between you need to reach a balance; it's not practical to make a college like a prison, but in the end you need to have some controls."

The trick, experts say, is balancing competing needs.
I think we know who is going to win this competition. It ain't Aristotle.

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