Stopped-clock Dep’t

When the wingers are right, they’re right: sometimes our public schools do fail to teach patriotic values and respect for legitimate authority.

I hate to admit it, but the right wing has a point when it complains that our schools sometimes fail to teach patriotic values. Why, when I was in school, we were taught to respect the President of the United States.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

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  1. You should not be taught to respect the President of the United States, but you should become educated sufficiently to make the judgement of who is deserving of respect and who is not. Treat all people as you would like to be treated, but do not respect anyone because someone else tells you to.

    If you lived in Germany during Hitler's day, would you respect him before your teacher told you to? Only if you are an idiot and play follow the follower.

    I prefer to think for myself, and not have someone tell me what or how to think.



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