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"The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life — by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past — and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort."

Ayn Rand, Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, 88

Thanks for the post, careywedler.

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"Some diversion programs, especially community-based ones, can be helpful in keeping troubled students out of detention centers, but Riverside County’s YAT program is instead punishing those students and setting them up for failure."

This is fucked up. The most fucked up of all is that I can't even hope that they win a bunch of money, because they'll just pay it out from the tax payers. They should all be put in prison for this for false imprisonment.

I find it very difficult to relate to parents that would tolerate this, or worse, intentionally effect such a program on their children. I homeschooled my sons while working full time as a single parent, and never once hired a sitter or anyone to watch them for me.

I didn't become a parent to outsource it, and particularly not to the most corrupt and sadistic kinds of agencies extant. I reckon YAT is child abuse.

Thanks!