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Bugger all drugs and dangerous goods – what’s wrong with today’s kids?

By johnboy - 7 May 2009 26

The Canberra Times reports that there were 26 cases of students found with illegal drugs in public schools last year (no mention of the teachers), and just five cases of dangerous items (sharpened rulers etc).

This really is unnacceptable. What’s wrong with the kids of today? There should be far more of this stuff going around.

Or do these statistics indicate there’s not a lot of looking for trouble going on?

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26 Responses to
Bugger all drugs and dangerous goods – what’s wrong with today’s kids?
V twin venom 12:49 pm 07 May 09

I find it hard to believe that the spelling and grammer pedants haven’t sharpened their wits and jumped all over the mis-spelling of the word education at post #4.

Deadmandrinking 12:22 pm 07 May 09

Good point on #3, FC?

What is it about getting caught all the time that makes you badass. I think it just makes you stupid.

Furry Jesus 11:06 am 07 May 09

Skidbladnir said :

…only 5 out of 38230 total students…being caught with ‘dangerous items such as sharpened pencils and rulers and firecrackers’…

Assuming only one of each dangerous item per student, (and firecrackers shouldn’t even have been included), that’s not very many. It could easily be the contents of the pencil case of one lone disaffected student

Anyway, what’s so bad about sharpened pencils! FFS (note hip use of acronym), aren’t pencils supposed to be sharpened? Is the fear of them that seems to have gripped the Education Department based on their capacity to be used to write incendiary revolutionary poetry? Or draw savagely satirical cartoons?

And where are the compasses and protractors and folding woodwork rulers with the brass tips that some of us used to torture the weedier element when we were students? In my school, children had access to the full armamentarium of weapons grade materials – we were inspired by the classic Japanese TV series ‘The Samurai’ to make our own star knives long before they became the ubercool backpack accessory they are today.

But these days are different. Pikachu Jesus was excited about going back to school this year because in Year 4 he would be allowed to use a ballpoint pen instead of a pencil!

Jim Jones 10:24 am 07 May 09

FC said :

Haha.
I was definitly not a nerd. I just didn’t want to be walking around with food in my teeth.
Would have totally ruined my chances of dating that hot skater yr 10 guy!

I was a skater.

I’m wearing hi-top Vans right now.

… ooooh baby.

trevar 10:22 am 07 May 09

Skidbladnir said :

…I can only say that my reaction …was “That seems amazingly low”.

2) Anyone who takes credit for good statistics eventually becomes chained to the bad ones, so there’s an incentive for the Department to keep the reported numbers down.

If the general consensus of RiotACTers is that this seems like a very small number, this might not have as much to do with the Department as with teachers. Perhaps, like us, teachers expect more drugs and weapons, and only report a small proportion of instances. Mandatory Reporting only covers sexual and physical abuse.

And Gen Y don’t use combs: they use hairbrushes!

FC 10:07 am 07 May 09

Haha.
I was definitly not a nerd. I just didn’t want to be walking around with food in my teeth.
Would have totally ruined my chances of dating that hot skater yr 10 guy!

Skidbladnir 10:04 am 07 May 09

As alarmed as Doszpot may be, and having not been a public school student myself, I can only say that my reaction to only 5 out of 38230 total students (ie: 0.013%, “The figures are across primary, high school and college sectors…”) being caught with ‘dangerous items such as sharpened pencils and rulers and firecrackers’ was “That seems amazingly low”.
Same for the drugs.

As to the drugs in schools, I think a key word in the sentence is missing, there were 26 recorded incidents of students found possessing drugs.
Students need to be found with drugs first, and then have it recorded as an incident.

So I have two seperate problems with the stats.
1) Most kids would be smart enough to keep them off school grounds, and those who aren’t know how to hide them from adults.
2) Anyone who takes credit for good statistics eventually becomes chained to the bad ones, so there’s an incentive for the Department to keep the reported numbers down.

Jim Jones 10:03 am 07 May 09

FC said :

I used to take a toothbrush to school when I had braces.
And I took a comb to school too.

NERD!!!

peterh 10:03 am 07 May 09

FC said :

I used to take a toothbrush to school when I had braces.
And I took a comb to school too.

ok, FC, the better question would have been “who takes a comb or toothbrush to school if they live in charnwood??”

FC 9:59 am 07 May 09

I used to take a toothbrush to school when I had braces.
And I took a comb to school too.

peterh 9:54 am 07 May 09

Furry Jesus said :

Sharpened rulers? I suppose comb or toothbrush shivs are a bit old school, aren’t they? Still, it’s nice to know that students still use rulers, let alone wooden ones, and that they have learnt at least some basic woodworking skills.

Makes me feel a little more optomistic about little Pikachu Jesus’s chances of a useful eductaion once he hits high school.

who takes a comb or toothbrush to school??

Furry Jesus 9:52 am 07 May 09

Sharpened rulers? I suppose comb or toothbrush shivs are a bit old school, aren’t they? Still, it’s nice to know that students still use rulers, let alone wooden ones, and that they have learnt at least some basic woodworking skills.

Makes me feel a little more optomistic about little Pikachu Jesus’s chances of a useful eductaion once he hits high school.

FC 9:48 am 07 May 09

From my time at school I only remember one kid actually getting busted with drugs. However a hell of a lot of us had things on us at school. But you think if a teacher tried to look in our bags we would let them? No way. A simple ‘No’, and walking away would occur.
Maybe kids are just learning more and more that the teachers really can’t force them tos how them their bags or pockets etc.
Not saying that that is either right or wrong, or good or bad, but just the way it seems to be.

Jim Jones 9:38 am 07 May 09

Kids are so lame these days.

Little goody two-shoes: they listen to sooky-la-la music, the boys dress up like dainty poodles, and they all live at home until they’re in their mid-20s.

At this rate, society will be completely emasculated within a decade and independent thought driven out of extinction.

peterh 9:20 am 07 May 09

hur hur hur. 26 cases?? that was a typical day at charny high. Obviously, kids today have become far more adept at hiding their drugs and knives…

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