Friday, May 28, 2010
Jailing parents for truancy
If Texas schools were better, perhaps I'd be more open to the idea of ticketing and jailing kids and their parents for truancy. As it stands, it's hard for me to blame youth for voting with their feet and leaving school early, and I doubt criminal enforcement can do much to change that. For some reason there's come to be a belief in this society that every social problem imaginable - from addiction to high-school dropout rates to mental illness - can be solved through criminal enforcement. I don't know how we reached such an odious historical moment, but it IMO bespeaks a lack of imagination more than anything else.