High school students in New Jersey, the very beating heart of middle-class American suburbia, are demonstrating in the thousands to protest against their state's education cuts. The Economist's Democracy in America explains:
Thousands of high-school students in New Jersey walked out of class yesterday to protest looming school budget cuts that might lay off teachers, increase class sizes, and axe music, art, sports, and extracurricular programmes. The protests were apparently touched off by a Facebook page authored by an 18-year-old college freshman and former New Jersey public-school student. The cuts, meanwhile, are looming because Chris Christie, New Jersey's governor, has mandated 5% budget cuts in state aid to 600 school districts
Let me ask the governor of New Jersey something: what on earth do you want from your state's adolescents? The students at Columbia High School in Maplewood were marching around with signs that read "We love our teachers". This is unacceptable behaviour? You should be handing these kids prizes. I doubt there has ever, in the history of the world, been a more appropriate student protest than this one.