Episode One– The E Bomb

  Thee E Bomb fell silently on Elk Junction during the night, but none of the citizens were awakened. It was a peculiar bomb; made no noise and destroyed only schools.

All the children in their new school clothes and neatly combed hair stood in awe that first morning of the new school term, staring in silence at the empty lots that were once their schools. Their silence was only momentary as they soon danced down the street gaily celebrating the event.

The community reacted in a predictable manner. After an emotional non ­productive mass meeting, a committee was formed to study the problem. The committee represented a cross section of the community – farmer, local businessman, housewife, Realtor, police chief, father, and a representative from a civil rights organization.

“I’m not too concerned about not having public schools,” the housewife commented. “Last year’s state test scores showed that the children aren’t learning anything anyway. The women I have talked to feel they could teach the children themselves

“I agree,” added the father. “We could start giving the children some of the training in discipline that they aren’t getting in school. They don’t run schools the way they did when I went to school. We either behaved or got a spanking”

“Well, that solves our problem,” remarked the chairman. “It sounds like the community feels they could not only handle education themselves, but eliminate problems created by schools,” he continued.

he Realtor reacted immediately to this suggestion. “This sounds great to me. Think of all the money we could save on property taxes and we could do away with all those silly tax elections with the educators begging for more money. We could cut property taxes in half”

“This sounds great to me,” was the immediate reaction of the farmer, “Those school administrators are poor businessmen and throw most of our tax money away.”

The civil rights leader was in deep thought during this exchange of ideas. He finally reacted with a smile on his face. “You know,” he said, “This could solve the school segregation problem and we wouldn’t have all these violent arguments about busing and neighborhood schools.”

The discussion continued in this vein with members discovering that the elimination of schools would solves many problems such as smoking on campus, sex education, unfair treatment of students by principals and teachers, and hundreds of other complaints commonly directed at public schools. This was a therapeutic activity as members had a chance to unload all their hostilities. The meeting was adjourned with an agreement that education in the community would be handled by parents. A meeting date was set for June 10, 1975 to evaluate the year’s program.

June 10. 1972

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