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School Time, Part 2 (Principals Speech)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

With this being the first day of school in the county where I reside, I would like to post this blog written by Dennis Prager for townhall.com.  If you agree,take the time to copy and paste it, giving credit of course, and send it to your local Board of Education.  Enjoy.

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give

“If every school principal gave this speech at the beginning of the next school year, America would be a better place.

To the students and faculty of our high school:

I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people.

I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.

First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships.

The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity — your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American. This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans.

If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity-, race- and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America, one of its three central values — e pluribus unum, "from many, one." And this school will be guided by America’s values.

This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.

Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism — an unhealthy preoccupation with the self — while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interesting in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.

Second, I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America’s citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here — it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English — but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.

Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning’s elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.

Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school’s property — whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can’t speak without using the f-word, you can’t speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as "Nigger," even when used by one black student to address another black, or "bitch," even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.

Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way — the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago — by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.

Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue. There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately lucky — to be alive and to be an American.

Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.”

Until next time.

School Time, Part 1 (Redistribution)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

school_welfareAs I stated in my last blog I am going to be writing about our public education system in this country.  Now while I can’t speak for all the local Boards of Education in this nation, I can reference what I know from mine.  I am planning on writing this in a series not just one long winded post.  It will probably have no rhyme or reason to the order that I put my posts in and I can almost guarantee you that I will repeat myself.  If you are a betting man, know that you will find spelling and grammatical errors in my posts as well.  I did graduate from a public school.

Today will be a quick blog on the picture that is posted to the left.  This is the school supply list for my youngest child.  As I peruse the list of the typical items a first grader would need something strikes me as odd.  All young kids need glue sticks, crayons and tissues.  Lord knows some kids produce snot on a daily basis no matter the weather conditions.

However, the part that grabbed my attention was the short paragraph from the teachers to the parents.  It reads as follows:

Dear Parents,

     The above items are classroom supplies.  Any donations will be greatly appreciated, but are not mandatory.  We will be sharing these supplies as a class, so there will be no need to put your child’s name on the items.

Thank you,

For most people that sounds pretty straight forward and simple, but for me it is anything but that.  My first thought was disgust and then contempt.  How dare they tell me that the money I spend to buy supplies for my child is gathered by a central figure and then redistributed to the class as a whole.  That while I spent the extra money for a 24 pack of markers that everyone is entitled to those because we wouldn’t want someone to just have a 12 pack.  That wouldn’t be fair or equal.  Sounds a familiar doesn’t it.  It’s amazing that a government school would espouse government ideology.

I heard this point made on one of my favorite right wing hate speech talk radio shows one morning, aka Neal Boortz, and it made perfect sense.  I hope I don’t butcher it to much.  When you send your kid to a Catholic School you expect them to learn and follow the teaching of the Catholic Church.  When you send your child to Islamic School you expect them to learn and follow the teachings of Mohammed and the Muslim faith.  So what do you expect when you send your child to a Government School?

I hope real world examples like this help wake everyone up.  It is only going to get worse.  It may be easy to be lazy now, but will be hard work to fix later.

Until next time.

More Regulation…..just what we need

Friday, July 16, 2010

Wait a minute…let me check with my panel of experts (aka elected officials) to make sure that is ok to say.

I am not sure how many of you folks have been paying attention to the news lately.  I know it is hard to get away from TMZ or Access Hollywood.  I know that hearing Mel Gibson’s newly released tirade on tape is fun to listen to or the fact that Lindsay Lohan is going to jail is just to important to focus on anything else.  With all that excitement you may not have heard that our Congress just passed a bill, to be signed next week by our President, which creates more and more regulations on banks and other financial institutions.  We all know that more regulations lead to great business and wonderful free market ideas.

These regulations come on the heels of other wonderful growths in government control.  I won’t rehash them all because if anyone has been paying even the slightest inkling of attention you will know of what I speak.  As the private sector unemployment rate hovers around 10%, government numbers not actual, the government sector unemployment rate hovers around 4.4% and is sure to decline as the IRS is adding jobs because of the Healthcare bill.  QUICK TANGENT:  Why would you hire more people to the IRS for something to do with healthcare?  Somebody’s gotta enforce and regulate what you can and cannot do. Sorry, I am back on track now. How could it be that the government number is half or less than half of public sector unemployment? Speculate all you want but it comes down to the fact that our current leaders believe that the bigger the government is and the more control they have, the better our country will be. Kind of scary, huh.

Have you ever wondered how we got into this mess?  How could we have elected a President and a Congress that is so forcefully anti-capitalism and anti-freedom?  Think on it a minute. I am sure you want to know my answer to this tough question. It is because of our poor education system and the lack of parenting due to the rise of “government” assistance programs.  It’s a “pass the responsibility on to others” type of mentality and I am fed up with it.  I am tired of being the one that has to suffer for someone else’s idiocy and laziness.  I am tired of paying the price for parents who have kids but don’t manage them.  I am tired of my kids being punished because someone in their class can’t keep up.  I am tired of being held at gunpoint so that the money I worked for is sucked up and sent out to help for the “greater good”.  I am tired of the ignorance of some being passed off as gospel every time I turn on the TV.

As school fast approaches I am really feeling a need to blog about our public education system.  To many it will make you mad, to others it may open your eyes but to all it will inform.  Keep an eye out for that in coming informational sessions.

Until next time.

What to do?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Alright folks, I am in a dilemma.  I need your help and your opinions.  I really enjoy blogging and writing about the goings on in the political world.  However, to write a good detailed blog takes a lot of time that unfortunately I do not have.  I am in no way giving up on the blog I just need to know where to take it next.  Let me know what you think.  I can do more frequent blogs if I just post links and videos with minor commentary or I can post a more detailed blog which will be more infrequent.  Tell me what you think.  If you have other ideas let me know.  Post your comment below or click on “Contact Me” and send me an email.

Until next time.

Just finished my census….

Monday, March 29, 2010

I tell you what.  I don’t see what all the fuss is over filling out the newest Census.  I mean we have television ad after television ad explaining to us about where to get help filling it out and how it is so important that we fill it out.  After all, don’t we want to make sure that we get our “fair share” of money.  Even though the census has nothing to do with anybody’s “fair share” of anything.  Kudos to the first person who can tell me why we have the Census. 

My Census took approximately five seconds to fill out.  I listed the number of people living in my household and that was it.  Nothing more and nothing less.  I encourage you to do the same.  That is all that you are required to fill out.  Let me know how you feel about it.  Comment below.

Oh, and here’s a quick commercial for the Census.  Notice they were sure not to offend the population of Asian-Americans by showing one of the Asian women driving.

 

Until next time.

HAPPY DEPENDENCE DAY!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

WOW!!!  Can you feel the excitement in the air?  I know I can.  The day that individual responsibility took an additional shot on the chin.  Large chunks of Liberty and Freedom have been broken off and sent down the river.  Yes my friends, March 21, is now known as Dependence Day.

Go ahead and cancel your plans for the Fourth of July.   Trade in your shorts and short sleeve shirts for pants and coats because our parades are moving to a colder month.  The images of our founding fathers will be replaced with Obama, Pelosi and Reid.  I can’t wait to see their large headed likenesses racing around the field of a Washington Nationals game.  Go ahead wipe away the fifty stars off the flag, because we are now one large conglomeration of the same.  No more individuals because we are all the same with all the same needs and all the same problems.  No more do we need to try and care for ourselves because we are now taken care of.  Our Federal Government has shown us the teat and unfortunately to many of us have latched on.

The only thing I can tell you to do now is that if you are against it,  STAND UP AND FIGHT!!!!!  Call your Congress Men and Women.  Be sure to work diligently this year to help replace these people who are in support of the bill.  We are down but we are not out.  This is a fight that we can still win, it will just take everyone’s hard work and undivided attention.  This is what makes our nation great.  We have elections that we can use to replace the ones that go against our will.

Until next time.

I have gone mobile.

Friday, February 19, 2010

For all intensive purposes this is a test blog. I have recently acquired a new phone that has WordPress application so I can blog from anywhere. This opens my blog up to a myriad of possibilities.

Such as, I am sitting here watching the news rather than the Olympics since figure skating is on. Of course, when you watch any local news it nothing but one depressing story after another followed by one quirky, useless story. I wonder what the suicide rate of a news anchor is? It has to be high since they are stuck there, behind that desk, reading verbal depression for an hour straight. Then again, they usually don’t wear pants so it can’t be all that bad.

Plus, why do all the sports people look like they couldn’t tell the difference between a baseball and a tennis racquet. They are usually overweight geeks with a cheesy gimmick. BTW…am I the only one who is tired of hearing about Tiger Woods? He’s an idiot now drop it.

I won’t even get into the weather people, except Dagmar of course.

Until next time.