The clock, via CNN.

I’m sure readers have heard about the teen who made a clock and ended up arrested.

It’s stupid, right? Yeah, it’s stupid.

I won’t twist myself into knots trying to make some larger educational point about STEM or what have you. I also think the racial implications are pretty obvious.

This, however, does not bode well for those working in the education profession. This is a very obvious and frequent sign that some schools in some places scrape the bottom of the barrel for employees.

I’m also confident that recent reforms in education, including and not limited to the unreasonable attacks on the integrity of educators, discourage many good people from either getting into the profession in the first place or staying for the long term. Many of us have our reasons for staying, and many of us have our reasons for teaching in the most difficult environments.

Inasmuch as I defend teachers, it’s incidents like these that have me shaking my damn head.

The recent attacks on teachers have culled the professional herd so effectively that many simply lack basic common sense. They rarely, if ever, question authority or use critical thinking skills. I rarely see anyone really speaking up at faculty meetings or venting frustrations, and there are numerous. When you hand them a program, many follow it to the exact letter and word.

What the hell is the matter with us?