Education for the students
Flea has a really good post up about a teacher she had that took it upon herself to use her writing class to squash creativity whenever it reared its ugly head. She posted in response to this sad story about a kid who is charged with a second degree felony terrorist threatening charge for writing a story about zombies attacking a high school. The worst part is the people who turned him over for writing a zombie story were his grandparents.
I can almost guarantee you I know what's going on here. I would bet $20 those grandparents belong to one of those fundie churches that think horror movies and Ouja boards are all missives from the Satanic cults that all live around us in secrecy. Lest you think I am making this up, let me assure you that the people who believe this stuff are numerous. When I was in high school, a friend of mine whose dad was a preacher at a sane church and I were invited to another church's youth group "party". We went for cookies and punch and instead got a long lecture on the dangers of Satanism and how to know that Satanists are trying to recruit you. We were told to avoid any books or movies with supernatural elements, period. And of course the wicked Ouija board. And, weirdly enough, we were told to look at for Satanic symbols like pentagrams, the Star of David, and peace signs. Yep, the Star of David and peace signs. Though, if I remember right, they didn't call the Star of David by its rightful name. We booked it out of there.
Anyway, teachers and parents who think school is for squashing potential may not be doing their job as educators and parents, but they may be doing those in power a favor. There's more than enough reason to think that universal education is under assault, after all.