“We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. … We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”

January 26, 2010

A blogger (commenting on this news story) calls our attention to a schoolboy who, for the offense of having a creative, inquisitive mind, had his property confiscated and his home searched, and was told that both he and his parents need “counseling”.

I’m reminded of the recent Dangerous Book for Boys.  Boys have a “natural curiosity and desire to manipulate [their] environment” (National Review review of the book by Mona Charen, requires subscription), and we stifle that spirit at our peril.

I’m also reminded of Mark Steyn’s remarks on manhood and passivity in the West, and on an increasingly unhealthy dependence on and deference to the official guardians of our safety and security, here, here, and here.

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One Response to ““We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. … We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.””

  1. Evan Says:

    It isn’t really about males or masculinity, it’s about control freak administrators who need to feel important.

    Temple Grandin, in her recent lecture at TED, talked about how schools are failing to excite students with science and technology by catering to their interests. She was referring to students on the autism spectrum specifically, but it applies pretty much across the board.


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