Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Senator in the running for the presidency, is certainly making a name for herself with the way that she thinks America should be heading. The direction that she wants to take the country is a scary one, especially with her idea that it’s okay to miss school.
Truancy, otherwise known as staying away from school for extended periods of time without any real good reason, has been identified as a crime. The reason for that is to make sure that kids go to school on a regular basis to get the education that they need. It ensures that kids grow up to be positive contributors to society instead of leeching off of the welfare system.
Warren doesn’t seem to think it’s a problem. She has been looking for a way to distinguish herself from Biden and Harris in the polls, so she’s decided to choose to go against current laws of truancy.
She has detailed a plan that would repeal a 1994 crime bill, which would decriminalize school truancy. Her plan would have the federal government push states and localities to reduce the penalties rather than call for stiffer ones.
Warren has the train of thought that decreasing incarceration levels can actually help the situation. She would rather fight crime by investing in education and anti-poverty programs. However, she could actually do that without decriminalizing truancy. If there’s no stiff penalty for kids to attend school, it doesn’t matter how much is being invested in education if teachers are teaching to an empty classroom.
Warren has publicly stated that “tough on crime” is a mistake. How on earth does she think that kids (and people in general) will learn, then, if they aren’t penalized? If someone breaks a law, there must be a punishment. Otherwise, it’s an open-door invitation to break the law constantly.
Warren is proving that she’s differing from the other candidates, but not in a good way. The extreme liberal wants to reform the entire criminal justice system so that people aren’t incarcerated when they break the law, which is a dangerous precedent that she could be creating.
Harris is doing just the opposite, focusing on harsher penalties for truancy and other such things. Warren may feel that she can be bold enough for such things now that she’s jumped ahead of Sanders in the polls. However, Warren is also considered one of the more liberal candidates, alongside Sanders. With so many middle-of-the-road Dems, what Warren is proposing is a hard sell for some of the Dems. Add Republicans into the mix and Warren is what most people have nightmares of.
There are too many high poverty areas where truancy rates are through the roof. Decriminalizing truancy would open the door to more students skipping on school every day. Warren thinks that she can change that mentality by dumping money into the education system. However, if someone doesn’t want to go to school and they’re not going to be charged with a crime, there’s not enough money in the world for them to change their mind. The truancy crime hanging above so many people’s heads is what ensures that they do go to school.
Warren is looking to breed an entire generation of kids who don’t go to school only so that they can be generational welfare recipients. She doesn’t want kids to get out of their impoverished lifestyles, which is evident with her criminal justice proposals. Her ideas of socialism are spreading to every aspect of American life, especially with her desire to take away private insurance. Before we know it, she’s going to have us lining up to get the bread and groceries that she deems fit for us.
Elizabeth “I have a plan for that” Warren doesn’t see things like most Americans. She believes that decriminalizing truancy and increasing the number of school mental health counselors can change everything. However, if the kids aren’t in school to benefit from mental health sessions, there’s only a double negative – more money being spent on schools and more students out on the streets during school hours instead of getting the education that they need.
Warren is so busy looking for ways to stand out amongst her fellow 2020 presidential candidates that she’s looking to change laws that deserve to stay put. She shouldn’t be looking to completely reverse every law that was ever put into existence. Some laws are there for a reason – they work. Now, we just need Senators like her to do their job and carry them out.