Amity Shlaes thinks the reason grade-schoolers are being arrested for classroom misbehavior is that they are being treated as if they have rights, and they shouldn’t be.
The headline’s great: “School Kids in Handcuffs Reveal Teacher Bondage.” Really! Leading someone off in chains without justification proves he has too much protection from arbitrary power!
While arresting someone does mean treating him as the sort of person who has rights and can be held accountable for violating the rights of others, surely it is possible to recognize that students have rights while granting teachers enough authority to run their classrooms. One solution: Make education voluntary, so that schools’ and teachers’ authority can be granted by their students, just as colleges and their professors and administrators get their authority from students’ decisions to matriculate.