I rarely follow daypop but every once in a while something hits a nerve and this Orwell-like description of a reeducation camp for teens in Jamaica is truly a “horrifying article about a kiddie reeducation camp” . I don’t have children but the the lengths to which parents will go is astonishing.
These are classic Tranquility-parent feelings. For example, Mozingo believes his son had a serious drug problem before coming to Jamaica and Josh agrees. What was he taking? ‘I was doing marijuana. I was doing cigarettes. Alcohol.’ He looks disgusted with himself. ‘Mostly, though, I stole prescription pills from my grandmother.’
<P> Also striking is the assumption parents make of entitlement to their child's affection, as though this is a legal right. 'She's a neat kid, she really is,' a former student's mother says. 'She just didn't like us.' But now, 'I don't believe she's lying to me any more, and that's a neat feeling.'<br /> <P> Messy divorce and remarriage are the norm among these parents. Their expectations of loyalty from their children, though, suggest a gilt-edged ideal of American family life so brittle any rebellion or defiance is literally terrifying. This culture then creates its own logic - for once adolescence is criminalised, Tranquility becomes the obvious solution. </P></BLOCKQUOTE> <br /> <DIV align="right"> [via <A href="http://www.daypop.com/top.htm">Daypop Top 40</A>] </DIV> <br /> <DIV align="right"> </DIV> </p>