One local politician has come up with an idea that is so bad it deserves to be shouted down before it goes anywhere.

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Elizabeth Andersen, a member of the School Board, thinks kids in the government schools should get a day off so they can go out in the streets and protest.

The only thing they have to protest is ideas like this to waste their precious time.

Why would people entrusted with educating them want to give kids less schooling?

Do students in the local schools already know everything there is to learn? Not according to test results.

Andersen apparently got the idea from some schools in the liberal state of Virginia that allow kids to have a day of protest.

She told News4Jax the day off “would allow young people real-life opportunities to learn and engage in the issues that matter to them and their families.”

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Such as protesting against the Second Amendment and the president of the United States, no doubt. That is what students have been used for in other districts.

The eagerness liberals have for using kids as pawns in their causes is appalling. This appears to be just another case of it.

A survey done by the TV station indicates eight out of 10 people would oppose letting kids out of school for such a frivolous reason.

Andersen is a former schoolteacher and, according to her profile on the school Web site “has a clear understanding of the rigorous academic demands on both teachers and students.” 

Really?

The idea is going nowhere unless School Superintended Diana Greene makes a recommendation to the board.

Greene has her hands full trying to sell the idea of a half-cent sales tax. It seems doubtful she would want to raise the ire of voters by offering up an off-the-wall idea like the one proposed by Andersen.

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Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.

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