Police Called Over 11-Year-Old’s Science Project

Via SlashDot:

This is one reason that education in the US has become nothing more than glorified babysitting service.

Not a Bomb ... Idiot

“Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old’s science project, consisting of ‘a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,’ after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren’t being laid against the youth, but it’s being recommended that he and his family ‘get counseling.’ Apparently, the student violated school policies — I’m assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?”

There is a comment at the news link that said it best:

Idiots. Another potential engineer frightened away by blind mindless authority.

This is why modern “chemistry sets” come with sand, salt and purified water, and no potentially dangerous chemicals. Take away the love of science and the love of experimentation, enforce rote memorization. And then the same vice principal will complain that America’s science standards are slipping.

In the long run we will cease to be a leader in science and innovation. But the good news is that as we become a third world country there will be plenty of jobs in the factories of other nations that come here for the cheap labor we will provide them in the future.”