We have been writing about how policies in Florida’s public schools used to educate students on how to read, do arithmetic and write. Today public schools in the Sunshine State teach students what to think, not how to think. This is call social engineering, “the use of centralized planning in an attempt to manage social change and regulate the future development and behavior of a society.” Public schools used to teach students values and skills allowing them to become law abiding, productive and informed citizens. This is no longer the case in Florida’s public and charter schools.
Florida’s public schools have been fundamentally transformed from institutions of learning into social engineering centers.
This fundamental transformation has lead to a vicious circle. A vicious circle is defined as, “a sequence of reciprocal cause and effect in which two or more elements intensify and aggravate each other, leading inexorably to a worsening of the situation.”
Students are now being socially molded to believe things that are either simply not true, not scientifically based and fundamentally immoral. This fundamental transformation began with the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in 1962 and 1963, which made it illegal to pray and the corporate reading the Bible in public schools. The April 20th, 1999 Columbine school massacre caused the national discussion of school bullying and the hasty implementation of many new anti-bullying rules and “zero-tolerance” policies across the United States.
In 1996 the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) launched its own anti-bullying campaign. The anti-bullying campaign focused on perceived bullying againsyt gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning student. The GLSEN movement then led to legislation and policies promoting the gay agenda in public schools.
How has social re-engineering impacted students?
Susan Porter, author of Bully Nation: Why America’s Approach to Childhood Aggression is Bad for Everyone found that,
“They [students] are becoming less resilient, if you’re now a victim, and you think of yourself as a victim, you are much more apt to get victimized.”
Porter sat down with Reason TV’s Tracy Oppenheimer to discuss the anti-bully movement and how laws, labeling and the media are only agitating the problem. She says that kids are actually suffering because of these anti-bully efforts. Watch this six minute video interview with Susan Porter:
The Zero Tolerance policies in Florida’s public schools led the Broward County School Board to rethink its anti-bullying policies.
In 2010 the Broward County School Board acquiesced to demands made by the NAACP to stop reporting illegal acts by minority students to the police under a policy titled “diversionary programs.” Students who engaged in violence, drug sales, robberies, burglaries, theft and other various crimes were intentionally kept out of the criminal justice system.
On November 5th, 2012 the Broward County School Board entered into an agreement with local law enforcement officials and the NAACP. The agreement reads in part:
the parties acknowledge that law enforcement plays an essential role in maintaining safety in the community. However, the use of arrests and referrals to the criminal justice system may decrease
a student’s chance of graduation, entering higher education, joining the military, and getting a job.
in the 2011-2012 school year, the Department of Juvenile Justice reported 1,062 school-related arrests in Broward County, the highest number in the state. 71% of these arrests were for misdemeanor offenses. Over half of those students had never been referred to the Juvenile Justice System before.
across the country, students of color, students with disabilities and LGBTQ students are disproportionately impacted by school-based arrests for the same behavior as their peers.
The Florida Legislature “encourage[s] schools to use alternatives to expulsion or referral to law enforcement agencies by addressing disruptive behavior through restitution, civil citation, teen court, neighborhood restorative justice, or similar programs” and has instructed school districts “that zero -tolerance policies are not intended to be rigorously applied to petty acts of misconduct and misdemeanors, including, but not limited to, minor fights or disturbances.”
with a joint commitment to ending school-based arrests for minor misbehavior, school districts and law enforcement agencies across the country have improved school safety, school engagement and academic achievement. The parties to this agreement are confident that by working together, they can return Broward County Public Schools to a culture of common sense discipline that allows all students to enjoy a safe and effective education.
in consideration of the premises and of the mutual covenants contained herein, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the Parties hereby agree as follows: In order to follow the guidelines set forth by the Legislature, the parties are entering into this cooperative effort among the public agencies named herein to establish guidelines for the handling of school-based student misbehavior. The guidelines are intended to establish uniformity in the handling of incidents while ensuring that each case is addressed on a case-by-case basis. The manner in which each incident is handled by the Police, School System, and/or Court is dependent upon the many factors unique to each child that includes, but is not limited to, behavioral history, present circumstances, disciplinary record, academic record, general demeanor and disposition toward others, disability or special education status, and other factors. Therefore, the parties acknowledge that students involved in the same incident or similar incidents may receive different and varying responses depending on the factors and needs of each student. To address these issues and ensure that all students have access to a safe and effective learning environment, the parties agree to enter into a cooperative agreement governing appropriate responses and use of resources when responding to school-based misbehavior. [Emphasis added]
Nikolas Cruz “misbehaved” by threatening fellow students both in person and on social media. Cruz “misbehaved” when he wrote on YouTube, ““Im going to be a professional school shooter.” Nikolas Cruz was a bully.
At least two citizens contacted the FBI warning that Cruz was a danger and wanted to shoot up a school. The first tip was on September 24th, 2017, the second on January 5th, 2018.
Are these not perfect examples of bullying/misbehavior, with an intent to kill, then what is?
Florida has created a vicious circle which has inextricably led to what happened in Parkland.