Danger: Peaceniks ahead
Public schools are in grave danger of becoming a snake-pit of budding peaceniks who (gasp) respect one another. Ann Coulter-wannabe Michelle Malkin has serious -- or seriously deranged -- objections to a New York City program whose stated goal is "to transform schools, camps and organizations focused on children and youth, into more compassionate, safe and respectful environments."
The problem: "Ostensibly, the program helps kids deal with petty meanness and name-calling from insensitive classmates. Not by instructing them in self-defense, mind you, but by inflating their self-esteem."
I can see her point. No "petty meanness and name-calling" can only mean one thing for Malkin: early retirement. Really, where would we be if our political debate didn't include this kind of bracing rhetoric: "Just what we need to combat throat-slitting, suicide plane-flying Islamists: young eunuchs swaying to moldy old folk music while their 'Peace Place' signs flap in the wind."
As for self-defense vs. self-esteem, that's just a no-brainer thanks to those kids at Columbine.