Friday, October 12, 2007


I know the new silence law doesn’t pertain to blogs –but it should. So now please observe a moment of silence to start your day.


OK. Isn’t that better? Those desires to commit mass murder just floated away, didn’t they. One Illinois lawmaker has assured us that this is one of the benefits of the new law mandating a moment of silence in the classroom.

In his closing remarks, the House sponsor, Rep. William Davis, D-Hazel Crest, said that if the student in Cleveland who shot four people before killing himself earlier this week - or students who knew about his plans - "had an opportunity to sit and reflect," the tragedy might have been averted.
Of course, this argument against the MOS is equally stupid:

…Sen. John Fritchey, D-Chicago, urged his colleagues to uphold the governor's veto.

With the cumulative silent time in every school for years to come, Fritchey said, "we are losing hours upon hours of our students' education
and the future."
There are lots of reasons to oppose the legislation but the loss of learning time I don’t think is one of them.

I think if I were a teacher, I would mandate seven hours of silence in my classroom.

Or as Sister Mary Elephant used to say:

“Good morning class…class…SHUTUUUP!!!!!”

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