I’m very glad Bookworm is back and will leave the blogging to her, but I did want to throw out one more topic that came up in a prior comment stream. The question was what our society can/should do to instill a sense of personal responsibility. Mike Devx was kind enough to start things off with the following:
1. Throw out government no-smoking laws over businesses. If you want to avoid smoking, don’t frequent establishments where it is allowed. Restaurants, apartment complexes, etc, should be free to establish their own rules.
2. Throw out criminal penalties for businesses that allow their patrons to get drunk. If they get drunk, it’s their problem.
3. Set driving speed limits based solely on safety, for each particular road.
To those suggestions I would add turning our schools into places of merit. No more social promotions. To graduate from high school, students would have to master 12ths grade work and demonstrate on a test that they have done so. In fact, I’d add tests to graduate from grade school and junior high. At home, allowances should be earned, not just given. All children should be given age-appropriate tasks around the house that are their sole responsibility.
What other suggestions do the Bookwormroom readers have?