Lies About Public Education (Part Two) – We’ll Keep Your Kid Safe
An average midwest school, situated in the heart of a community that looks very much like the Norman Rockwell version of an ideal hometown has suffered a rash of student and teacher suicides over a three-year period. Why?
There is another High School, named Kaukauna. It’s found in Wisconsin, you know, part of the Great Lakes region. Low minimum wage in Wisconsin. Around 7.5 unemployment rate, lower than the national average, but a lot of people not making a lot of money – that low minimum wage I mentioned? Cold, snowy winters, great for winter sports. Can drop to 40 below in the winter! You know Wisconsin, the “cheese head state”?
So this school, Kaukauna High. Currently “serves” about 1,100 students, per their website. First bell is at 7:45 A.M., rise and shine! Sometimes, college reps come to Kaukauna and scout, and students can go to the office to get a pass to attend meetings with those reps. They’ve got a basketball team, and a picture of the team near the team bus on their site. Kaukauna had their picture retake day October fifth.
A typical American High School.
And five students and two teachers have committed suicide at Kaukauna since 2009.
Yup. Small population for a high school, Kaukauna. Me, I went to Chatsworth High in Los Angeles, and we had a graduating class as large as Kaukauna’s whole student population. I graduated in ’74 from Chatsworth. Don’t recall there being a lot of suicides. Not like at that modern educational institution, that bastion of socialization, that safety zone for young people, Kaukauna.
It started in Kaukauna in May, 2009. I’m going to skip the use of names. I think a student who has taken his or her life requires anonymity for the sake of their family and their memory. These were real children with real families and lives and, one would have thought, real dreams and futures.
The first child took his life in May of 2009. Weather in Wisconsin should have been warming up in May. Should have been some pretty days that time of year. Guess not pretty enough. By end of October, when I’ll give you that the weather was probably turning grey, four children at the school had killed themselves. In January, 2011, the fifth child took her own life. Five student suicides in two years.
And whatever the hell was going on at Kaukauna, some of the teachers were not immune. Two of them took their own lives, as well.
What did the school and the district do about this disaster? Well, they had some meetings to discuss it all. They discussed “warning signs”, the things a person contemplating suicide might say or do before taking their own life. As if each suicidal child is identical and behaves identically to every other suicidal child. They eventually brought in “experts”, you know, psychologists and their buddies, to help control the situation, to explain it, to prevent its continuance. And the suicides continued.
What did these children, and indeed, the teachers who took their own lives, have in common. Well, they seem to have shared the “blessing” that is Kaukauna High School. They were all, teachers and students alike, results of their educational experience.
There’s something wrong with a school, or any institution that acts as a focal point for a rash of suicides. Even the well-socialized students at Kaukauna sense that there may be a problem. As one said, “I got the news and I felt a little sad myself. It’s not good stuff.”
That was one young man’s reaction to his friends killing themselves. Doesn’t sound like much of a reaction, does it? “It’s not good stuff.” Nope, it’s very much not. But here we have the response of a well-raised young man to the suicides of his classmates. Seems a bit out of touch or unconcerned, though he may have expressed deep feeling as best he could. I suspect, however, having known hundreds of kids who have survived public schools to graduate with poor education and poorer prospects, that we are seeing here yet another of the fruits of “socialization”. That would be a lack of real concern for others, as the sort of social interaction public schools offer is often dangerous to kids and does not really encourage a concern for one’s fellow man.
The Principal (and still principal) of the school, Michael Werbowsky, said in 2009, “There are situations and scenarios that are happening that are not much different than ours and unfortunately at this point we have had a few of them in a row.”
Yup, they sure did. And they just kept happening over the next two years.
So why is the man who captained this clearly sinking ship still in charge? Was the man fired, along with most of his staff? Oh, come on! You know the teacher unions would never allow that!
Werbowsky and his staff are all fit and safely employed, thank you very much. Results don’t matter to teacher unions! They don’t really matter to teachers as a rule, so long as they get paid. And hey, we’re not talking about educational results, here, which are clearly, statistically execrable across the country throughout our public school systems. No, now we’re talking about life results. Or life and death results, unfortunately enough. Five student suicides, two teacher suicides, in three years? Those are pretty bad life results.
Were any investigations done into the practices and methods of a school that could produce such a horrific result amongst both students and teachers alike? Was the school closed, and perhaps nuked to make sure that whatever evil spirit in control of it never again reared its ugly head?
Nope, none of the above, or at least, nothing that produced any changes. They did have some “experts” talk to assemblies and families. You know, about the signs of impending suicide. Didn’t seem to stop what was happening.
But no one seems to have seriously looked into WHY. Why all the suicides, born out of an institution that prides itself in providing “socialization” to students? You know, socialization, the supposedly rare quality that public schools claim to specialize in? The ability to get along with others, to do well in life because one knows how to “fit in”?” Socialization, the big argument public schools make in favor of their continued, very expensive existence. Why, teachers and their friends claim, you have to immerse a child in life, in his fellow’s lives, to make the child strong and ready for a life in big business, or whatever. A child must learn how to deal with social pressures, peer pressure, bullying, bigotry, and the various insults and injuries young people heap upon each other when placed in a large, impersonal group. You know, like a public school.
Right. Well, look at the results of this approach, folks. Look hard, because people are dying. Young people are dying, children. Children took their lives who had expected to be loved and protected by the adult world that has power over them, that surrounds them. That is the first job of an adult – protect children. Well, Kaukauna High obviously failed at its first and most important job. There were young people willing to do ANYTHING to escape what life was giving them, that seems all too clear. And too many of them went to Kaukauna High School.
You can hear the argument right now, can’t you? Teachers getting all huffy about it wasn’t the school’s fault, it was the parent’s fault, the community, it was video games, violent movies, you name it – everything but their school!
But the two things that these kids all had in common – they went to Kaukauna High. And they are no longer with us.
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