I fear that there may arise a tremendous controversy between a multitude of activists who will so thoroughly constipate our legal system that our society will be paralyzed in a hopeless gridlock.
As a result of the accusations declaring that schools are partially responsible for the alarming increase in overweight teen-agers because of the availability of soft drinks in schools, I'm sure that an activist group will be formed to protest soda pop machines in public schools. No doubt the activists will eventually activate a class-action lawsuit against every soda pop vending school in America. Not only will the schools lose the funding provided by the soda pop machines, but they will also be forced to shell out absurd amounts of cash to procure the services of an attorney. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if we begin to see commercials on television in which pseudolawyers are offering their services to victims of schools with soda pop machines. Possibly, we might even see a school superintendent in Judge Judy's courtroom.
After the soda pop worm is acknowledged via the legal system, the other worms in the can will begin crawling out. Algebra, which is provided by schools, undoubtedly causes students considerable stress that might possibly be linked to an increase in their blood pressures or decrease in their mental stability. I might get in on that one. I still think that my frustration with algebra somehow has caused a distortion in my reasoning abilities.
Probably, the worst side effect of schools results from their purpose---education. Somewhere around the beginning of puberty, a student's mind becomes utterly consumed with the effects of puberty. His interest in learning is completely obliterated by his concern with his appearance and what his friends are doing. Suddenly, he perceives most adults as imbeciles, whereas he believes himself to be indomitable. Anything that he doesn't already know or understand is, in his opinion, stupid. Due to his limited education, he is totally unaware of the immenseness of the world and knowledge which he has no idea exists.
Gradually, during his junior high years, teachers are able to implant bits and pieces of knowledge within his brain, which cause him to become curious and seek understanding. As he solves one problem he discovers that three additional problems appear. He now becomes hopelessly trapped between his desire for knowledge and the frustration resulting from the additional problems, which arise from knowledge. Eventually, he begins to understand that there is a massive amount of knowledge that he never realized existed.
As the student progresses through high school, he begins to realize how much he doesn't know. If the student attends college, he continues to become exposed to tremendous amounts of knowledge that he never knew existed.
Eventually the person begins to understand that the entire educational system is an exasperating never-ending process. At the beginning of the process, he felt as if he was fairly intelligent and that there weren't too many things that he didn't know about. At the end of his formal education, he realizes that he knows enormously less information relative to what he doesn't know. Had he never attended school, he would have never realized his lack of knowledge.
Good grief! This is so complicated that I've totally confused my self, or should that be myself? I've been in education so long that I don't know if I knew it and forgot it or forgot to renew it. I've got to consult one of those television lawyers before I lose everything that I thought I had.