This past Saturday night, I was babysitting for friends. I saw this story on the news about an 10 year old boy who brought a pocket knife to school. The administrators and parents are acting as if he brought a weapon of mass destruction to school!
Parents were interviewed saying things like, “this makes me think my child is not safe at school” and, “How did he ever get his hands on a pocket knife?” Over a pocket knife!
When I was 10, I received a Girl Scout pocket knife for Christmas. It was my proudest possession and I carried it everywhere. Back then, people thought of it as a handy tool. Kids were taught to whittle.
I race sailboats. The kids at the AYC are taught to use knives. If you are out in a blow and a line fouls, you have to use a knife to cut it–so you don’t broach or swamp.
The world is nuts. Personally, I think that public schools share a big part of the blame for that.