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Laurel Rogers says
Neil Sperling says
Steven Pearson says
But they can wear a t-shirt that is about hip-hop music and it could be controversial. What's the difference? Isn't this an opportunity to open a discourse for people who will in 2 years time or less be voting?
So you would also say it is wrong to wear a jersey of a football team too? They also compete against each other and only one will win? They have big fans. Some one might wear a football jersey and not have the slightest clue how to play. You agree?
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Schools are known liberal strongholds. There must be rules outside of political bent. Schools can't make that decision.
The solution to that problem is to clean up the public schools, not to pile on more command and control.
The solution is to allow the parents to decide, not public school (government) officials.
I dread to think what some of the school parents I know here would send to school on the innocent backs of their children. I wouldn't want any children of my own exposed to some of the more radical T-shirt statements I sometimes see.
Try homeschooling, it worked for such greats as Abe Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, etc. The greats coming out of public schools are who?
I guess I'm not yet prepared to abandon public education. Jefferson too was for it. Don't get me wrong. I'm a strong defender of home schooling, but not everyone can do that, and without an educated populace democracy can't work.
Therein lives the problem. Public indoctrination instead of education, we do NOT live in a democracy. It's a Constitutional Republic.
What we have is usually called a "democratic republic." Its constitution, i.e. how it is constituted, hasn't been Constitutional, i.e. in accord with its written charter, for far longer than any of us has been alive. Education matters.
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But that happens anyway with non-political t-shirts. This is an opportunity to teach students how to constructively deal with disagreement---debate, etc. How to agree to disagree but respect the other side. Something we all could use, no?
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Team Leader says
Parental authority. We have a winner. The parents should decide what is acceptable in schools, not the government. The teachers and admins must adhere to the wishes of the parents.
Brenda Durham says
So if I am a citizen of Germany AND the United States (dual citizenship), I can't wear a German flag on my t-shirt to school? But, I can wear a Bible quote on my shirt? Where is that an American value? I thought we were a secular state?
WHO gets to judge what is acceptable?
You talk about values and have no right to do so when all you are saying is that they should be restricted from free speech unless they support YOUR values. Homosexuality has NOTHING to do with morality. At all.
Freedom of religion, lady.
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