How public schools’ war on boys has led to an increase in gun crimes

The school year has started again and, with it, the insanity that is Zero Tolerance in America’s public schools.  The Washington Post, which originally reported the story, helpfully explains that our nation’s schools have been busy little bees for the past year when it comes to criminalizing child’s play.  I wonder if we’re looking at this anti-gun fascism a little bit backwards.  We’re seeing it as an attack on guns.  But in the context of public schools, isn’t it just a subset of the school’s over-arching hostility to boys?

Public schools like boys in the abstract, but they really hate the reality of boys:  boys are physical beings who live in a hierarchical world that reveals itself when they are as little as two or three years old.  For a nice discussion about the spectacular differences between boy and girl social interactions, if you haven’t already read Deborah Tannen’s You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, you should.

Boys’ physical, hierarchical world means that they have a terrible time sitting still, even when they’re in their teens or 20s.  (Heck, I know much older men who are still kinetic, whether it’s a jiggling leg or a tapping finger.)  They engage in physical or verbal play that is intended allocate them to their place in the day’s (or the minute’s) hierarchy.  They practice male roles of warfare and command.

All of this is antithetical to the hyper-feminine, hyper-feminist atmosphere that pervades America’s schools, especially her elementary/primary schools.  I don’t know what it’s like outside of Marin County, but here, almost without exception, elementary school teachers are female, with a handful of gay men thrown in for good measure.  Schools want students to sit still, which girls do naturally and boys don’t.  Schools want students to talk about their feelings, which girls do naturally and boys don’t.  Schools want to destroy physical competition, which is a hard sell to girls, and an even harder sell to boys.

What schools should be doing is to allow boys maximum physical activity, such as full physical breaks every hour.  Rather than prohibiting physical and competitive play, they should encourage it, while enforcing concepts such as honor, fairness, generosity, and loyalty, as well as the difference between play and cruelty.  Boys should learn to be good winners and good losers.

The schools’ anti-bullying programs also persecute boys.  Often, bullies are testing out their competitive and pack instincts.  Schools could address this by giving boys meaningful competitive and pack opportunities, with strong expectations about honorable behavior, or they should work to teach other students how not to become victims.  (This would be akin to teaching home owners how to lock doors.  There are bad people out there, but you certainly lessen your exposure if you take responsibility for protecting and defending yourself.)

Instead, schools out-bully the bullies by bringing the full weight of the school to bear on a kid who is, as likely as not, just testing boy boundaries.  The victim learns that people should never defend themselves because, if they do, they’ll get in trouble, and if they don’t, they’ll be celebrated for calling in the heavy-hitters.  The “bullies” learn that the best way to win is to be the biggest bully of them all.

When boys do not respond to this constant hammering away at them in an effort to wipe out their biological imperatives, they get labeled as “problem” students, or ADHD kids.  The schools then start pressuring the parents to put the boys on psychotropic drugs.  It seems appropriate to mention here that, in every one of the school shootings in the last twenty-years, the shooter has been on psychotropic drugs.  The “turn boys into peaceful girl” drugs and the fact that the boys’ families have Democrat political identities are the ties that bind these youthful mass murderers.

I understand that there are boys who are violent and angry, and that bad things happen.  I’m not blaming everything on the schools.  I am saying, however, that in their efforts to feminize boys, including taking away the pretend war games in which boys engage to test what they can do, the schools are creating boys who do not know how to harness their boy energy in a healthy way, and who too often become dependent on psychotropic drugs that have strong links to murder and suicide.

In this context, the anti-gun policy, while it is definitely related to the Progressive push to wipe out the Second Amendment, is also just another front in the Leftist war against men.  The stakes are high in this war, by the way, because manly men — men who are self-reliant and responsible — don’t like a big government that tries to infantilize or feminize them.

(For more information on the schools war on boys, check out Christina Hoff Sommers’ The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies are Harming Our Young Men.  I haven’t read it myself yet, because it’s expensive, but I’m keeping an eye out for it on our public library shelves.)

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  • Ymarsakar

    This is a good description of one Leftist educational strategy. However, it doesn’t even begin to cover the majority of the Left’s crimes against humanity. I hope to see people, if only parents, who see this start to think. Because if they don’t even begin thinking and motivating themselves to change themselves even then… not sure what will. Not sure whether they even deserve a future chance after that.
    Salvation… is not such a cheap thing that it is offered to the lowly human whenever humans feel like popping out a poptart.
    If people cannot feel the right emotions to try to stop this, no matter what their success rate is, they will not be granted the right to even think about the rest of the Left’s plans against humanity. 
    The one thing Americans need to be educated on is the one thing they don’t want to imagine or think about: how it feels being reduced from a human into a slave. They will be educated on this matter whether they like it or not. The choice of the people rests in only one path to salvation. Free will allows them to choose to fail, but that is still failing.
    Humanity won’t be given a second chance.
    If the Japanese can create a better system for growing kids in a garden than the US, and they have a society even more overbearing than Leftist social doctrines, Americans have no excuse on this matter.

  • lee

    When I was in elementary school, we had THREE recesses during the day: Before the first bell, around  ten, and after lunch.   And there was a LOT of running! In bad weather, recess was in the gym. We had one male teacher, (my third grade and then fourth grade teacher, who was also a gym teacher–and very not gay!) and the principal. Junior high brought no more “recess” per se, but there was gym class once per day, and after lunch, most guys played football. Plus, band, shop and ag classes got boys MOVING. There were More male teachers, but they were gym, shop, ag teachers. High school and junior were toegether, so the whole gym/lunch football pretty much continued through high school.
    This was a period when people thought “boys will be boys.” And they were. The prinicpal and vp, and even teachers had some discretion on punishment for bad behavior. This was also a rural midwestern high school–people had gun racks in their pick up trucks in the parking lot. It was also a loooooooong time ago. We did have some boys who were more, uh, rambunctious, but that was rare. And I think it was rare because EVERYONE  figured on boys being boys.
    Boys–and young men–and soon just about ALL  men are getting screwed. If they’re not enervated by high school graduation, college will suck the last of their souls. Womyn’s studies, the Title IX-ing of higher ed, the “Dear Colleague” letter approach… College will be a mine field. (If I had a son going off to college in this day and age, I would warn him to stay away from parties, booze, and especially girls. A night of stupid drunken passion, could land him getting kicked out–if the girl changes her mind–AT ANY POINT IN TIME.) If I had a son, I would serously suggest going into, oh, plumbing, or becoming an electrician, or a carpenter. (The military used to be a good choice, but this administration is making it almost as bad as colleges. Many more MEN are sexually harassed in the military, but since a larger percentage of women in the military are, that is the focus of the administration’s witch hunts. Or maybe warlock hunts…)

  • lee

    Here is the thing about K through 12: tney are tryong to cram more and more a  nd more into a school day. But you know what? Most of today’s brilliant invemtions were developed by people my age and older–who had RECESS as a child!!

  • Ymarsakar

    The poor lethal force H2H training protocols for tactical manipulation of firearm + H2H tools are the primary reason women freeze up and refuse to fight back in the US military against their fellow comrades.
    The Obama administration is continuing this sexual enslave of American female service members as we speak.
    Heard they were pushing to destroy the Modern Army Combatives program and reduce it to only one general course full of weak sauce, what martial artists might call McDojos.
    But that’s not the primary issue why the US military is a bad career choice. It’s that with these training standards set by Leftists, the chances of you dying the next time a Democrat sends you to war on a hand ticket to hell with no paddle and no boots, you’re not going to come out of it with good chances of survival. You’ll be convenient sacrifices like in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Mog, benghazi, iran hostage failed rescue.
    I absolutely know the US military has access to civilian expertise on upgrading female anti rape protocols in the Army. The upper echelons merely refuse to employ such training methods or trainers. They just refuse. It’s not PC. It wouldn’t look good for female empowerment. It would be dangerous to Muslims and their paid for US officers if females could actually fight back, shoot back, at their fellows. The Left no more trusts a US military full of WOMEN, than they do of men.

  • March Hare

    When our boys were young, I volunteered to be the Program Director for our local Cub Scout Day Camp.  Besides offering archery, a BB gun range, crafts, and camp skills, we also had a large field where the boys tried a different sport or active game every day.  Their favorite was “Capture the Flag.”  The older Boy Scouts taught the Cubs and within minutes, teams would be chosen, flags would be raised, and boys would be running, whooping and hollering, trying to capture the “enemy” flag.
    As my boys grew older and graduated to Boy Scouts, “Capture the Flag” was still the game they all chose to play whenever they had a chunk of free time.  Everyone knew the game; it transcended troops, Councils, and countries.  I decided “Capture the Flag” was the unofficial “official” game of the BSA.  Which proves Book’s thesis about boys & play.
    The other thing I noticed is very often the boys who were “troublemakers” when they were younger became the best leaders, respected by the other boys and by the adult leaders themselves.  Their road to respect was not easy, often involving a lot of Scoutmaster-to-Scout talks, but the very qualities that made them difficult boys were the qualities that made them outstanding leaders and men. 

  • Charles Martel

    My son was a Boy Scout and used to attend summer camp in the High Sierra of California. I remember driving him up his first year there and hanging around for most of a day watching the camp orientation. One of the sweetest moments came when a grizzled old Scout leader gathered the boys to tell them he was going to teach the ones who cared to sign up how to shoot muskets.
    You should have heard the groans. The boys he was talking to had signed up for lessons in how to fire high-powered semi-automatic rifles—or at least that’s what they’d imagined. The prospect of firing ancient Johnny Tremaine weapons seemed dismal at best.
    But then the old man did something I’ll never forget. He told the boys, as he carefully loaded one of his old weapons, to look at the straw target he’d set up 75 yards away. “Now the beauty of what I’m about to fire,” he said, “is that you can see the lead ball as it heads toward the target. You can’t do that with a modern bullet—it moves too fast.” As soon as he said that, he turned, aimed, and shouted, “Look!”
    Then he fired that damned old thing. And damned if you couldn’t see the lead ball, a black streak, hurtle across the distance and pound a chunk out of the target. The boys whooped in glee. “Teach us! Where do we sign up?”
    You can romance, entrance, and eventually instruct boys. You just have to know how.

  • Ron19

    (For more information on the schools war on boys, check out Christina Hoff Sommers’ The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies are Harming Our Young Men.  I haven’t read it myself yet, because it’s expensive, but I’m keeping an eye out for it on our public library shelves.)
    The August 2013 edition is available from Amazon:
    New from these sellers for $13.50
    Kindle edition – $10.56
    The 2001 edition, used from these sellers for 0.01 plus $3.99 S&H
    Bookworm, is Lawyer the income equivalent of hamburger flipper?

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  • Ymarsakar

    What I found strange is the number of bottom up social constructions in Japanese upbringing for kids, compared to the top down totalitarian ideology in the US. Why is that so, when the US takes freedom for granted whereas the Japanese live in a top down hierarchy and monolith of a society?
    Did freedom become more valuable precisely because nobody expected to have it when they grew up?
    The Japanese student councils sometimes have more influence and say than parent associations, certainly in the daily running of the school and clubs. The Japanese festivals produce class based entrepreneur based projects where they come up with an idea, build all the supporting equipment by hand, then advertise their business and get paid (real money) from visiting festival goers for a few days. As a test for bringing up children into the real world, that is something both fun and practical. Yet American kids are lucky not to be suspended for defending themselves against a bully, and they’re lucky not to be EXPULSED for drawing pictures of a gun wielding hero. 
    That sound right to you?
    While I haven’t heard of anything like the boy scouts in Japan, their athletic competition and school clubs meet the same need. But instead of just football and basketball and soccer, which emphasizes male physical prowess, they also have various other things like kata tournaments, kendo tournaments, survival game (airsoft), and karuda (card competitions).
    The easiest American analogy would be to think of all the things people do in college, then push that back into high school and starting it there. Except, for some reason Japan has a lot of privately owned educational institutes not beholden to the government, similar to a British boarding school, so they aren’t forced to regurgitate American/Western totalitarian philosophy. That’s got to be a high mark for someone.
    There was a saying slash comment I heard. When Americans go crazy, they open the windows and machine gun down everyone they see. When the Japanese go crazy, they close up all the windows in their house and kill themselves. For school suicides and depression, the same applies. The kiddies tend to fall off the roofs and splatter. That’s certainly a problem, but perhaps less of one than the crazy mass murder indoctrination cult we call US education today.

  • Ron19

    Ymarsakar #8:
    Why have you chosen to live in the US instead of Japan?

  • David Foster

    I’m not fond of the term “gun crimes,” which IMO places the emphasis in the wrong place–on the object rather than on the violent individual. Surely, the instrument used in a crime is to a considerable degree fungible, and if there were no such things as guns, a high % of these crimes would be committed with knives, bricks, bare hands, or in other ways.

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  • jj

    Me either, David Foster.  When the Sharks and the Jets get it on in a late-night playground, those are ‘knife crimes?’  Burglars breaking into houses are of course committing “jimmy crimes,’ or maybe even ‘hammer crimes’ if they just break a window to get in.  When they steal stuff and take it away that raises it to the level of ‘pillow case crime,’ or maybe even ‘garbage bag crime,’ depending on what they utilize to haul away the swag.    If somebody steals something from a store, runs out to the parking lot and zooms away, that of course is, b y the same logic, a ‘car crime.’  The term ’embezzlement’ I assume is being retired in favor of ‘bookkeeping crime,’ or maybe ‘double-entry crime.’
    ‘Gun crime’ perfectly encapsulates a way of liberal thinking, in which the ‘thinking’ part is at a premium.

  • March Hare

    @Ymarkasar #8
    Yes, there is a Boy Scouts of Nippon.  When I visited the Tokyo Museum in 2007, there was a case honoring him and displaying his hat.  My family has participated in several exchanges with Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts from the Osaka/Sakai area, which include participating in camping.  When the BSN visit, some of their favorite activities include fishing and riflery, which are not available at their camp.

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  • Gringo

    Bookworm, is Lawyer the income equivalent of hamburger flipper?
    For attorneys straight of of law school nowadays, this might be the case. Judging by what my HOA’s attorney charges us for his expertise, I would say  an experienced attorney with an established clientele is worth 20 or more hamburger flippers.Though nearly all of what he has charged the HOA has been eventually paid for by people who sued the HOA and lost.

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  • Ymarsakar

    Something wrong about living in the US because I speak more English than Japanese?
    Is there a reason why people in Chinatown need to move back to China because they prefer speaking Chinese and Chinese culture?

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  • Ron19

    Sorry, I meant:
    Ymarsakar #11:  
    Why have you chosen to live in the US instead of Japan?

  • Ymarsakar

    That’s the same as what you said before. My reply still stands. It’s a very ambiguous question you have there, as a side note.

  • Ron19

    My question still stands because, instead of answering it, you went off on something else, if your reply was #21.
    The question is simple.  What part don’t you understand, what is ambiguous about it? 

  • Ymarsakar

    Your question is too vague to be answered directly. That’s why I want you to answer those questions of mine, which will clarify things. Such as the intent you placed behind the question. That question can be answered in a number of ways depending on certain circumstances and context, since there are different meanings people can invest in it.
    You’re not really part of the conversation here. This is a side topic, a tangent. As such, it requires a bit more clarification and elaboration before I can see how it fits and what the appropriate response is. The original topic here is and still is about child rearing practices. There was no stipulation that only Americans knew how to raise children correctly or that only Americans had problems. That wasn’t really the point of the discussion. So everyone here is talking about the topic or something related to what the OP wrote, except you. That should explain my questions.
    So when someone new enters the discussion and starts talking about a tangent, specifically why one individual lives in A vs B…. surely you must understand why that’s not considered smooth socialization? Surely you can understand why I don’t just go with the flow of the conversation and directly answer it. It’s not that simple.
    Returning to the main topic for a moment. I remember now that the PM of Japan is considered “nationalistic”, and has done some reconfiguration of the Japanese laws and institutions, specifically a new Ministry of Defense. Charged with training Japanese youths into defending their country, via training with foreign nations like the US’s Marine Corps rather than merely relying on the good grace of their protectors, they have an interesting reputation. They had to re adjust their official position concerning Japan’s WWII excesses, in order to differentiate what they are doing now vs what the military clique did in WWII. Still, being capable of changing Japan’s reputation as the “pacifist nation” given so many internal and external barriers is worthy of respect in my view. Not even Americans will often say that they wish other nations would depend on us more for security protections. Even Americans who are ignorant of foreign policy know that independent self sufficiency is better for pride and morale than welfare forever. Even the Democrat masters know this, and teach it to their children, like Chelsea and Obama’s daughters in Private Schools. Those born to rule certainly can’t depend on welfare to give them the Power.
    The power to change themselves can become the power to change the world. Given America’s soon to be USCW II and the recall of all, or most of our foreign investments, military forces, and military bases, East Asia will be alone sooner or later. Americans should have had enough of seeing former allies being rendered into dust because of American weakness, betrayal, and Democrat greed politics (Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Japan, Bay of Pigs Cuba, etc etc).
    I can’t remember the place to find the speeches they gave to their new military academy’s graduation, but they were interesting to see when compared against speeches given to West Point. Since one of my hobbies is open source data mining and analysis, it’s nice to be able to have, in English, sources on various topics.

  • Ron19

    Ymarsakar #26:
    I don’t know.
    The intent was to find out why you chose to live in the US instead of Japan.  If that didn’t have anything to do with child rearing, which you talked about in #11, I still don’t know that it didn’t.

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  • Ymarsakar

    That intent is still unclear. The standard answer is that it is easier to live in a country where you speak the language and understand the customs, than one where you do not. But that would apply to other countries as well, such as China and Korea.

  • Ymarsakar

    Which is to say, if all a person wanted to know was why I live in the US, that is what they would have asked. They wouldn’t have specified a country other than the US. Which means that they were thinking of the converse as well, which is why people don’t live in that other country instead: other country being China, Korea, Japan, etc.

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  • Ron19

    Ymarsakar #29, 30:
    I didn’t ask for the world’s standard answer, just your true answer.
    The reason for Japan as an alternative is that you had just gone on for several paragraphs about Japan, not China or Korea.
    OK, I’ll break it down into two separate questions; you may answer each one individually, without reference to the other.
    Why do you live in the US?
    Why do you not live in Japan?

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