Date: September 12, 2014
“We take it for granted that the majority calls the shots. But in one NY school district, that idea — majority rules — has led to an all-out war. School board disputes are pretty common, but not like this one. This involves multimillion-dollar land deals, lawyers threatening to beat up parents, felony criminal charges, and the highest levels of state government. Meanwhile, the students are caught in the middle.”
…This story really underscores one of the problems with “closed communities”, and with the mindset that “We are the majority [or in power], so we don’t have to negotiate with anyone”…
So called “closed communities” to often do not get along well, with everyone else they are attempting to remain alienated from.
This is a very curious situation, where an self alienated Jewish community [highly orthodox religious], decided that it did not like having to pay for public schools [amongst other services] which it refused to use…So, it organized and seized a controlling majority of a public school education board, which governs over schools they wont even use…seemingly, in order to force Jewish religious schools onto the public tax system, and alleviate this Jewish community from paying taxes towards public schools.
By most accounts, it seems they are engaged in illegal behavior…amongst other highly questionable behavior…to say the least.
The communities which use these schools have been alienated, and cant seem to win a seat on the board in elections…and they’ve watched their schools be gutted, essentially.
Naturally…there are a lot of very angry people.
One thing that struck me, early on…is the comment by the guy who equated having special needs Jewish kids receive services on public school grounds with being “tortured”…
…This really underscores the isolationist, manipulative nature of “closed communities”…
In reality, children are very resilient…and this sort of broader exposure to diverse people, is generally considered a very good thing, for any child’s psychological, emotional and social development…It helps them understand how to get along with, understand and be a part of other groups around them. Sure…they might be uncomfortable the first time or two, when going into a public school…but Jewish children can get accustomed to it, like anybody else.
…This type of talk feels an awful lot like the imposed social phobias of adults in that “closed community”…more so, than any objective description of a real Jewish child’s experience.
The children don’t choose their community…It is imposed upon all of us, no matter who we are…which is amongst the stronger reasons, why it leaves me with such an ill feeling, witnessing children in these “closed communities”…seeing children molded by them…
Groups that wont integrate with other communities, and that don’t share a healthy, necessary respect for the communities they live alongside….those groups are very bad, for any culture…and they stunt their own children, socially.
When are people going to learn, that the first and most important community we all belong too, is the human community?
Everything else regarding social identity, needs to take a very distant back seat to this…Because if we never have the basics of peaceful coexistence [and preferably, both love and respect] down…then everything else will be marred, by the social problems we’ve created in not loving our fellow humans.