and a totalitarian future
famous Canadian Science Fiction writer
Mark A. Carter gives his two
cents worth about imaginary
grenades, seven year olds,
thought crime, and freedom of speech.
I read an article
in The Huffington Post
recently entitled "Colorado 7-Year-Old
Suspended For Throwing 'Imaginary Grenade' During School Recess"
02/05/2013 by Sara Gates.
And I said to my wife, "This is dangerous on so
the outset, just so you know, I have developed a great disrespect
for public school teachers; whereas, I once revered them. Why?
They are morons.
I no longer trust
public school teachers to "inculcate by precept and example"
as they are tasked to do.
schools that we send our children to every day are nothing more
than the public baby sitting service for parents who have both
been forced to work in order to survive in this ruined economy.
It would be better for the children and for society itself if
they were home-schooled. With a computer in every home, there
is no reason why long distance learning or on-line classrooms,
as they have had in Australia for decades, couldn't be a reality
in North America as well. And I would rather have a computer,
with infinite patience, teach my child in the safety of his home,
rather than a weirdo teacher who tokes
up on weekends pass over my child in a crowded classroom
five days a week. But that would put all the brown nose teachers
out of work. Je suis désolé.
Let's face it,
there is little difference between prisons and schools. I was
a bad one, in my own time, for making my
Great Escape, for literally digging under the
fence in preschool and making a break for it. But having listened
to Principals talking, during the insane period when I was actually
employed as a public school teacher, I recall the viewpoint that
students were to be kept in school for the money that each head
count garnered. Moreover, where adolescents were concerned, it
was important to keep them in school so they would not procreate
all over God's green Earth. What utter delusion is that? That's
like trying to cap an erupting volcano.
Also, the regimentation
of classroom teaching is designed to break students of their
creativity and individuality. It is designed to transform absolute
rule followers into automatons who, when the population surges,
can be sent off to the slaughter of
so-called war against a fabricated enemy, to
thin the human herd.
So, when I read
about the insane decision of the teaching staff at
Mary Blair Elementary School in
Loveland to suspend grade two
student and seven year old
Alex Evans for throwing an imaginary grenade during recess,
it made me think of three things: First, guns are out of control
in the United States. But
instead of dealing with dangerous, violent, and unstable people
wielding actual weapons, these wackadoodle
teachers are coming down on a
seven year old for wielding
his imagination. Second, are these teachers really concerned
with gun violence or are they using the recent hypervigilant
climate in the wake of the Sandy Hook
Elementary School slaughter in
Newton Connecticut as an excuse to quash the imagination
of a young individual just as they have forced so many children
to take methylphenidate to
control their so-called attention
deficit disorder? It's the only way to have quiet little
school-bots. Isn't it? And
third, isn't Alex's imagination
I would think
that Alex's imagination is
protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution. Isn't
this a freedom of speech issue? Moreover, and on an extremely
frightening note, isn't this getting into the realm of science
fiction? This sounds like the "future crime" seen in
the film Minority Report.
I realize that gun violence is the recent
cause célèbre. But after its fifteen minutes
of fame, as Andy Warhol put
it, it too is doomed to fade as the next crisis steals the spotlight
in a culture immersed in disaster, sex, and violence. But punishing
people for merely imagining is a dangerous precedent and must
be quashed before we lose what limited so-called rights we have
Are we to have sensors placed in every home to monitor our thoughts?
Is that going to be the next thing? If I can imagine it, it will
happen. Remember, science fiction is predictive. Isn't it bad
enough that there are cameras watching us in every store and
at every street corner, and that computers now have cameras in
them that can be turned on remotely to allow the government to
view us in our homes without us knowing. Yes,
Virginia, Big Brother is indeed watching you right now.
Read George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
But if we start to monitor thought patterns and to arrest
people for using their imaginations, we are doomed.
recommendation is that you twits lay off the
Cannabis. You're all getting a little too
Rocky Mountain high, with apologies to
John Denver, while teaching. And it's making you
The first to
go will be the writers. It's what
Adolf Hitler did. In order to control people, he killed
writers and burned their books. Why? Books are dangerous. They
give people ideas. Read Ray Bradbury's
Fahrenheit 451 to see his take on a future society
where the ideas written in books are not allowed and all books
must be burned by firemen. But if the powers that be start to
monitor our imaginations, they would have us all locked up or
killed. Welcome to the future. It is here now. And it is not
free. It is totalitarian.
As for me, with
my vivid imagination, my thought crimes would have me incarcerated
for eternity. After all, in Tellusian
Seed, I kill God. Yeah.
But my final
point is this: Does a balanced person do the dreadful things
they sometimes imagine? No. Sometimes, like me, these imaginings
are channeled into creativity. Sometimes they are channeled into
sports. Usually they are nothing more than thoughts in passing
as we try to unravel and to comprehend the insanity of the world
around us. But for children, an imagination is an essential part
of play. So, let Alex play.
As for the teachers
and for Valerie Lara-Black,
the Principal at Mary Blair
Elementary School, I would like to line you all up against a
wall, roll up your sleeves, and inject you with a dose of common
sense since you obviously don't have any. As
Voltaire so aptly put it, "Common sense is not so
common." What you so-called academics also need is some
serious psychiatric treatment because you have a few screws loose.
Personally, I would not trust my children with you
in loco parentis because you have demonstrated
Either that or
you have all been exposed to Bozo
Rays courtesy of Babylon
Five. Maybe there's something in the mountain water.
Perhaps, as I
stated at the outset, you're just morons.