That’s my reaction to Robert Reich’s crazy idea to put the nation’s least competent people in charge of British Petroleum. I’m not a big fan of BP, especially since it oozes political correctness (just think of their stupid ads where they claim BP stands for “beyond petroleum”), but mangers and shareholders at the firm have a huge financial incentive to fix the problem. Giving politicians control of the company, by contrast, is a recipe for incompetence and bungling.
Archive for June 2nd, 2010
Given the times we live in, it’s not unreasonable for a teacher to be concerned about a student drawing a picture showing the teacher being shot. But when the student is an autistic boy with the mental capacity of a third grader, perhaps it’s a tad bit of an overreaction to have the boy arrested and charged with making terroristic threats. I don’t have any proof, but I have a strong suspicion this kind of stupidity is more likely to happen in government schools with unionized teachers:
A 14-year-old autistic boy was suspended and charged with a felony over a picture he drew in school, MyFoxAtlanta reports. The boy’s mother said he was in a special needs class when he drew a picture of two stick figures, one of which was holding a gun. The eighth grader’s picture depicted a stick figure with a gun that was labeled “me.” The figure was shooting another figure that had his teacher’s name above it. The boy has been suspended and is now facing criminal charges. “They’ve pressed felony charges for terroristic threats,” said the teen’s mother, Karen Finn. “It’s that sweeping zero tolerance, and I think it’s ridiculous.” Finn said her son, Shane, drew the picture on the page of a school assignment where his teacher would easily see it. She said her son is autistic and has the mental capacity of a third grader, and he doesn’t really understand why he’s in trouble.