We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
CHICAGO, Sept. 22— A teacher in a suburban Chicago high school says he has found a new way to discipline unruly teen-agers -- making them listen to Frank Sinatra croon during after-school detention.
"The kids just hate it," Bruce Janu of Riverside Brookfield High School told the Chicago Sun-Times. "They're miserable."
Mr. Janu, who is 24 years old and calls himself a fan of the singer, said he had dreamed up the "Frank Sinatra Detention Club" to make after-school detention more fun for him and less desirable for his charges.
During the half-hour detention, students more attuned to rap and heavy metal music must listen to Sinatra tapes and nothing else -- no talking, homework or writing. Mr. Janu told the newspaper that the students can sing along if they like. So far, no one has done so.
I wonder about the long-term success of this approach. There should be a follow-up.
"You may not actually be safer, but you feel safer."
Well, Hell’s Bells, if you feel good the program is a success.
And, why does the state legislature have to “expand the program to all light rail stops in Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties deemed high-crime areas by police or residents”? Can those counties not make that decision?
Music is a wonderful tool for psy ops. "Enter Sandman" by Metallica was blasted at Gitmo prisoners as an adjunct to interrogation. The FBI used such material as Sing-Along With Mitch, Andy Williams and "These Boots Are Made for Walking" by Nancy Sinatra, all at very high volume, during the Branch Davidian standoff. I know that cornball music such as Tom Jones singing "What's New Pussycat?" has been effective via loudspeaker for dispatching unruly yobs from public spaces at night in Britain.