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Free Liberal: Coordinating towards higher values

Free Liberal

Coordinating towards higher values

Like Taking Candy

By Paul Jacob

I'm not the biggest fan of public schooling.

For one thing, I worry about what kids are taught. And then I worry about all the inane politically correct rituals and practices imposed on kids. Sometimes it seems that real education is the one thing schools want to avoid. And what child can survive that environment?

But most do. Human beings are very resilient.

Maybe we don't learn our Latin, but we do learn what we need to survive in the workaday world. And maybe we even have the spirit to resist the sillier rules of the bureaucracy even while we're still kids.

Take candy. A Texas high school removed candy from school vending because the food police say candy is bad for kids. Well, I guess, if consumed to excess. But you can't exactly ban chocolate in our society -- and I have to admit that such a ban would be quite traumatic for me personally.

Anyway, the students resisted. As one student told the local paper, "There was no sugar in the vending machines, so [student vendors] could make a lot of money. I heard kids were making $200 a week just selling candy."

The school has responded by restoring some candy to the vending machines when they can say it has nutritional value. So milk chocolate has milk, which has calcium, which is good; and candy with nuts in it has protein, which is good. Or something. Politically correct to the last.

Underground candy market. I guess that's one way to learn Economics 101. (Of course, kids, eat your fruits and vegetables too, okay?)

This is Common Sense. I'm Paul Jacob.

Common Sense is published by Americans for Limited Government. Their website can be visited at

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