The latest response to knife crime is to censor pupils from talking about it:
"The exam board is writing to schools to advise them to destroy the copies of the anthology - and says it will send replacements not containing this poem."Get that? Our own fear of encouraging The Bad Things is actively preventing us from thinking about how to get rid of them. In other words, We Are Scared of Trying To Solve The Problem.
In a way, this isn't new - governments have taken the same stance on hacking tools, for example; tools are dual-use, and can be put to defensive and offensive objectives. A risk-and-fear-driven culture has meant that these tools have generally tended towards being banned, or controlled to the point of being effectively banned.
The difference here is that we're not talking about tools. We're talking about talking. Words, therefore, are seen to have the same power as artifacts, and the pen is just as mighty as the sword.
Both pen and sword are nothing but temptation, and therefore must be removed from sight.
Of course, the irony is that not talking about something just makes it all the more inspiring, tempting, arcane and curious. Hushing up talk of violence will lead to more actual violence, in the same way that a culture that represses talk of sex leads to more sex-based marketing, and more teenage pregnancies. We have elected not politicians, but an attitude, and that attitude is driving us underground more and more every day.
To be honest, I'm getting to the point where I can't be arsed to rant about this crap any more.
Is it worth getting angry about a class of people that just spit in the face of good advice? I can't help but think that good energy is being wasted arguing and ranting, when it could be spent on coming up with a more solid, more satisfying way of life.