School and childhood roundup

  • Why campus trigger culture and offense bans aren’t just anti-intellectual and a foretaste of wider speech regulation, but fail at specific therapeutic goal of reducing psychological upset [Greg Lukianoff/Jonathan Haidt, The Atlantic cover story]
  • Newtown shooting advanced existing trend toward a regular police presence in schools; consequences may include escalation of low-level discipline [ACLU of Pennsylvania report “Beyond Zero Tolerance,” pp. 28-34]
  • “Scottish Government’s named person scheme criticized by experts who will implement it” [The Courier (Dundee), earlier]
  • “Kids Dig for Worms, Sell to Fishermen. Town Says Not So Fast: That’s Illegal!” [Cornwall, Ont.; Lenore Skenazy]
  • “British Universities See Ethics Committees as ‘Easy and Convenient’ Censors” [Zachary Schrag, Institutional Review Blog]
  • “His son’s school requires student athletes to carry their own insurance, a move that many other schools also have had to make because of the rising costs from lawsuits.” [Charleston, S.C.-area Palmetto Business Daily] “NYC has paid nearly $20M from playground injuries since 2010” [Reuven Blau, NY Daily News]
  • Mom in famous Silver Spring, Md. “free range kids” episode is writing book, solicits stories of unattended kids and CPS abuse


  • With regard to the student athletes having to pay for their own insurance, school systems are dropping the school paid coverage because, yes, it’s expensive and relatively speaking it always has been regardless of lawsuits, but thanks to ObamaCare “everyone” is supposed to already have medical insurance coverage so why should the district have to duplicate what you the parent are supposed to already provide for your child. But little Johnny is playing for the honor and glory of Our Town high. Well, that and hopes that he will get a college scholarship and end up in the pros and make his momma proud. Since few districts are bursting at the seams with excess cash, ObamaCare makes it much easier to drop the coverage with a clear conscious.

    This has been an ongoing battle for as long as I can remember, some districts paid for the coverage, of which the benefits varied based on premium, while other districts offered a voluntary plan. Previously high schools who were members of the national organization had to purchase catastrophic coverage, but that may have changed as well.

  • Very sad. What really disturbs me is the violent response against those with whom the self styled arbiters, as with the student at the U of Michigan. It is interesting to think that if someone behaves other than they think one should, they may respond with behavior that is beyond what is being reacting to. Somehow, this reminds me of Stalinist USSR or George Orwell. My resoning is that those making the rules may engage in any behaivor, particularly against anyone determined to not toe the line. Let us hope that no gulag is set up, however, professors are being placed on leave and students are forced to leave.

  • In regards to the ‘microaggressions’, just wait until these kids get into the work world and realize that we all use BULLET points. All the time. They’ll never survive. Every email sent will require a trigger warning.

    Come to think of it, I’d be they’d want this website to have a trigger warning for its regular use of bullet points.

    • Don’t forget dagger footnote glyphs (†), also used in technical texts for purposes besides footnotes.

      And isn’t the word “trigger” itself inherently violent? Guns have triggers.

      In the murky bathos of the politically correct mind, it’s triggers all the way down.

  • I would swear that 25-30 years ago, my high school in NJ didn’t cover expenses arising from treatment of students’ sports injuries. Am I wrong? Hasn’t it always been this way?

  • Maybe I’m dumb, but how does it help the school if the students have insurance? If the school is liable, then the insurance company is still going to sue the school to recover the costs paid to the student, and the student can still sue for things like pain and suffering and the deductible.

    Unless the schools were just providing their own insurance out of the goodness of their hearts, and now they won’t anymore. If that’s the case, I don’t see a problem with it. You assume some risk when playing high school sports.

  • In my school district, parents are given the option of purchasing athletic insurance for a fairly nominal fee ($75) that covers them for medical bills arising out of high school sports. In addition, the district requires a release of the school district that operates to bar negligence claims – the appellate courts in my jurisdiction have upheld those kinds of waivers for non-commercial activities such as school sports.