I'm grateful to Indiana's Richmond School District for reminding everyone why it's important to have decentralized government.
The District has suspended 150 high school kids because they violated the school's new dress code. Kids were booted for wearing plaid shirts or houndstooth-patterned pants. Parents say almost everything in their kids’ wardrobes is now banned.
What is the new dress code?
Well, there are some reasonable parts, like prohibiting clothing that exposes breasts or butts or displays vulgarity. But look at some of these rules:
- Shirts must be plain.
- Message bearing sweatshirts other than those that promote programs of Richmond Community Schools are not permitted.
- Pants must be plain with no message.
No wonder about 10 percent of the student body has been suspended. Frustrated parents say, why did they do back-to-school shopping?
Mom Jacqueline Bell said she was shocked that her children were sent to school in what she considered respectable clothes only to find out that most everything in their wardrobe was now forbidden. "It's good enough to wear to church, but you can't wear it to school," she told ABCNews.com. "It amazes me."
Now I’ve written about the inappropriate fashions kids often wear. But banning plaid is ridiculous.
At a school board meeting, angry parents spoke up. "The approach of shut up and do what you're told -- or else -- seems to be too common in our school system," parent Angela Bane said.
She’s right. Teachers are paid to teach, not enforce top-down rules by a school district that have nothing to do with a child’s education.
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This Week's Show -- July 10, 2014
CENSORSHIP AT CBS: Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has a similar story. She explains why she left CBS after it became "harder and harder to get stories on television" that criticized this government and "any powers that be."
IS STOSSEL BIASED?: Years ago, journalist Howard Kurtz criticized me for not being objective. I said it's impossible for any journalist to be completely objective. Now that Howard Kurtz is on Fox, we debate again.
THE OBJECTIVITY MYTH: Andrew Kirell of Mediaite.com says, "every journalist has a point of view and they don't just magically check it the minute they walk in the newsroom door."
NEW MEDIA: Reason TV's Remy Munasifi uses music videos and parodies to complain about things like politicians' spending. One of his latest parodies highlights the scandal surrounding the VA hospitals. Munasifi discusses his videos, which have gone viral on YouTube.
RETRO REPORT: It's great there's a new media organization called Retro Report, which reveals media hype of the past ("crack babies," America's landfill "crisis," the "superpredator," etc.) and corrects stories everyone in the media got wrong. I discuss the new show with its executive producer, Kyra Darnton.
REAL OR FAKE?: Sometimes people in the media say things that are so bizarre, you'd think they were made up. Kennedy of The Independents quizzes FoxBusiness.com's Kate Rogers, Fox Business host Charles Payne and me to see if any of us can tell which quotes are real, and which were made up by my staff.
MY TAKE: I used to report on lots of scares. CBS even ran an ad for me where someone called me a "guardian angel."
That's bunk. The only guardian angel is a free and open society. That's what allows innovation, gives people longer lives, and lifts billions out of poverty. But these gradual improvements aren't newsworthy. Scares and disaster make the news.
News is broken not just because we're biased but because most good and important news happens slowly.
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