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Krauthammer’s Take: Want to Decrease Inner-City Violence? Let Kids Choose Their Schools.

“We know what the problems are” that lead to mass inner-city violence, says Charles Krauthammer, commenting on this week’s mayhem in Baltimore.

“There are essentially two problems. . . . One is single parenthood, and the other is the worst schools on earth,”​ said Krauthammer on Tuesday’s Special ReportOf the first, we have no idea how to solve that. Of the second, we do. If you can’​t improve the schools, give the kids a choice to go to better schools. The parents begged to have that opportunity, but the teachers’ unions wont allow it and thus the Democrats wont. If you want to do something, let them choose their schools.”

Noted Krauthammer, “Pat Moynihan once said that the one rule of any society is to socialize its young males, and its the young males who were out there rioting yesterday.” But the mayor of Baltimore, Democrat Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, did nothing: “They deliberately held back the police for reasons that these were, 15-, 16-year-old kids. If a 16-year-old kid is torching a CVS store, a drugstore, the police have to do something. They cant just say, ‘Well, they are underage, or they are too young, so I’m going to give them a pass.’”

Said Krauthammer, scolding Rawlings-Blake post-riot comments: “You elect a mayor not to express sadness, but to do something to prevent the events that cause sadness.”

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