Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Good School For D.C. Politicians 

Bill Myers of the Examiner reports today that DCPS has referred two special education students to the Judge Rotenburg Center, a school which uses electric shock as a means of discipline. The students were sent after Chancellor Michelle Rhee ordered the placements to stop. In fact, nine students are still living at the Massachusetts school. Apparently, D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray was not very happy at hearing the news.

I think the Judge Rotenburg Center would be an excellent place to send all of D.C.'s politicians who have been responsible up to now for public education in the city.

By the way, it should not surprise anyone that the school uses electric shocks to control kids. The school was founded by Matthew Israel whose hero is psychologist B.F. Skinner. Of course it was Mr. Skinner who showed that electric shock could be used to modify the behavior of mice.

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