“One for the money,
two for the show,
three to get ready,
now go kids go
I went to school six years,
but I never graduated,
Like so many others,
All over the nation,
’cause my parents were poor,
Now I’m undereducated
’cause the government’s
Saving up all the education”
“Money” – KMFDM
This post is in reply to Giovanni Dannato’s excellent piece found at https://colonyofcommodus.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/high-school-and-status-in-america/ in which he cites “The Judgment of High School“. Both the above referenced post, as well as Giovanni’s post, should be read before reading the below.
The USG primary and secondary educational systems are a foundation for most of the USG’s young. If one incorporates the population of parochial and state-funded schools, the vast majority of young spent many of their formative years in “The System”. Giovanni makes the express comparison of the educational system to Prison, and I do not think he is in error.
Both the Primary and Secondary education systems (“Schools”) and the Jail/Prison (Corrections) system are artificial environments. I don’t think anyone who’s met your median jailhouse “guest” would expect that they could build a functioning environment with each other. And, I’ve written before, “No sane society can tolerate handing authority to children, Lord of the Flies was not an instruction book.”. In fact, if one believes official statistics on the matter, it’s entirely possible that the average county lockup is safer than the at least urban schools, and the later don’t seem to have a Protective Custody unit.
Some commentators have suggested that this is in part caused by a growth in the “Prole” values of the working and lower-middle classes. I’d argue that the “Prole” culture is the logical result of a completely artificial and effectively worthless system.
For political reasons, let us first review the USG correctional systems. As a scary story to keep the middle and upper-middle class in line, it’s still effective. As a way to save us sob stories from relatives of violent criminals that used to be executed out of hand (with or without trial), it’s extremely effective. As a way to stockpile violent criminals away from taxpayer citizens, it’s still somewhat functional. For anything else, it’s a waste of money and the moral authority of the State. It does not seem to deter violent crime, it possibly increases crime in general, it encourages a highly dysfunctional view of the world, and it is increasingly a financial drain on the system.
One of the reasons why said system is counter-productive, except for it’s remaining purpose of deterrence against the middle and upper-middle class, is that it’s not a bad deal for those locked up. Food, clothing, shelter, and basic health care are provided to them, most establishments won’t allow open daily open violence, unlike some outside jurisdictions, and they can socialize with their peers and get “street cred”. Some Red Pill commentators claim that ex-cons are actually at a considerable advantage in the Sexual Marketplace (SMP) upon release, and it is known, through officially denied, that some industries prefer ex-cons as employees. Having a parent in custody results in increased benefits from some government programs, and jurisdictions cannot collect much child support from someone who’s not earning much. While some jurisdictions do bill inmates for their time in custody, it appears to be fairly low on their list of outstanding collection activities.
Compare that to the middle and upper-middle class, whom are expected to pay for everything themselves, to pay taxes for everyone else, and whom receive limited police coverage if they are not wealthy enough to live in a “good area”. The disadvantages faced by those individuals, in the SMP, in daily interactions with other classes, are covered fairly well by other commentators. Many of them are so afraid of police involvement that they are afraid of even a parking ticket, for fear that official attention will result in the loss of their professional status.
Now we turn to the Schools. As previously discussed, in the Schools, violence is accepted from fairly early. Much like Prisons turn their eyes away from drug gangs maintaining a docile population, Schools turn their eyes away from aggressive children establishing dominance over a schoolyard. With the involvement of the even more dysfunctional Scholastic-Athletic Complex (SAC), quick maturing children with high testosterone and few inhibitions are desired as athletes to make the coaches look better. Even if the SAC is not involved, the paperwork for dealing with an aggressive child is considerable.
As Martin van Cleveld reminds us, a society will always find excuses for it’s men if it needs them. A coach, who is generally hired by a School, has his or her entire working day to find excuses for his or her athletes, and presumably at least the tacit support of an entire Athletic Department in a School (“State within a State”) behind him or her. A bully only needs one teacher to either be weak or a tacit supporter to drive an innocent child out of contention for social status, and sometimes out of the race for Pre-Selection altogether.
And just like the Correctional environment, it is completely artificial. As Bill White once pointed out (paraphrased) in relation to both subjects, “It is very hard to secure someone in an environment they don’t want to be in”. Children, and that is what we are talking about, are coerced, by threat of legal action to the parents or being transported to a juvenile facility, to go to an environment where the bureaucracy implicitly will reward violence, where they are separated from their friends and family into an age-segregated environment that favors the early biological maturity of some standouts, but disfavors the ethical and intellectual maturity of others. It is sustained by immense legal and moral authority, and massive amounts of taxpayer dollars.
And the result does not seem to justify this immense moral and financial expense. The system requires more funding each year to achieve weaker performance. Our Elite Business Executives agree it does not work, Politicians fall over themselves to talk about reforms and fixes, the Media has been making after-school specials on bullying for decades, but nothing ever seems to change.
Perhaps there is a reason.