Tuesday, April 29, 2008

With apologies to Pink Floyd. . . .

. . . because while I loved the album, I fell asleep during the movie of The Wall.

Who could forget, "HEY! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!"

Apparently not the Media Awareness Project, which has one of the best intellectual dissections of what's wrong with random drug testing of American students, including this gem:

None of this is to say random drug testing is totally indefensible. It's just that the following defenses don't pass muster:

* If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. This is the single most odious line of reasoning ever concocted because it misses the point. People, including students, are not required to prove they've done nothing wrong.

* For safety's sake. Though the safety message is appealing, at its heart, drug testing isn't about safety. It's about control. It is worth noting students are not police officers, airline pilots, doctors or even teachers. They shouldn't be forced to choose between privacy and an education.


h/t to Drug War Rant

1 comment:

Duffy said...

I wonder how they'd do if you extended that rule to coaches and teachers. Look for the stammering about privacy and how they're not participating etc.