Dr. Brad Thompson on School Violence

 Posted by on 3 October 2006 at 2:38 pm  Uncategorized
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I’m helping Boulder’s Philosophy Department with its new public philosophy lecture series: Think! The first lecture will be Dr. Brad Thompson speaking on the causes of student violence in public schools this Thursday in Boulder.

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Seven years after the horrifying Columbine High School massacre, America’s public schools are still plagued by student violence. This Thursday, October 5th, Dr. C. Bradley Thompson will examine the causes of that violence in the inaugural lecture of “Think!”–a new series of public lectures sponsored by the Center for Values and Social Policy in the Philosophy Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

What: Lecture on “Why Johnny Can’t Think or Distinguish Right from Wrong” by C. Bradley Thompson.

Where: Old Main Chapel on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder. (Campus Map)

When: October 5th from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Lecture Description:

What’s wrong with America’s adolescent boys? Why are they so angry, and why are they committing mass murder in America’s government schools? How are we to understand and explain what happened at Columbine high school?

In this lecture, C. Bradley Thompson rejects the leading theories of conservatives and liberals and instead advances a radical proposition–that the cause of America’s epidemic of school shootings is to be found in the schools themselves. He argues that the root cause for all these shootings might very well be found in the destruction of the minds and souls of America’s young people by an education establishment bent on using our children as guinea pigs for their experiments in schooling.

C. Bradley Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism.

“Think!” will also sponsor two events later this fall:

  • Thursday, November 16th. “What We Owe to Animals: A Debate” David Barnett and Robert Hanna (CU/Boulder)
  • Thursday, December 7th. “Integral Ecology” Michael Zimmerman (CU/Boulder)

    All talks will be held from 8:00-9:30 p.m. at the Old Main Chapel on the CU Campus. They are free and intended for the public. Members of the media are welcome to attend. For more information, visit:


    These lectures are funded through the generosity of The Collins Foundation.

The topic of this lecture was determined some months ago, so we had no idea that it would be so horribly relevant to recent events.

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