A high school in Illinois suspended the diplomas of 5 graduating seniors because (gasp!) their families and friends violated a "no-applause" rule during the graduation ceremony.
The parents had to sign a contract acknowledging the rule and the consequences of breaking it (their senior would not get his/her diploma). Some overexuberant families dared to break the rules and celebrate their senior's achievement.
What kind of 1984 crap is this? The officials at this particular government school weren't satisfied merely controlling their students' behavior. They are true overachievers in the world of government school officialdom--they were able to control the families and friends in the audience by using the students themselves as hostages, dangling those diplomas over their heads, not like a carrot on a stick, but like the Sword of Damocles.
What a rush. How powerful those school administrators must feel. Woo-freaking-hoo.
Anti-achievement. Anti-celebration. Anti-individual. Pro-crowd-control. Pro-quiet. Pro-toeing the line.
Sadly, those government-educated (bit of an oxymoron there) seniors aren't fighting the principles behind the injustice they suffered because they can't even identify them. Instead, they fall back on the worn-out racism excuse. They think what happened to them is racism. At least one of those seniors actually thinks that.
Oh, and those no-applause "contracts" signed by the parents? Null and void of course, as is any contract signed at the point of a gun.
If you think that things haven't changed so much since we all went to school (Seniors '89! We're so fine!), think again.
HT: Neal Boortz