"THIS SAYS IT ALL"! A CALIFORNIA PRINCIPAL'S OPENING

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  1. OLYHOOCH profile image60
    OLYHOOCHposted 7 years ago

    "THIS SAYS IT ALL"!



        A CALIFORNIA PRINCIPAL'S OPENING
             MESSAGE TO STUDENTS


    From: Dennis Prager, principal at a high school
    in Redding, California (located about 70 miles north of Chico)
    on the first day of classes in 2010:
    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, against your parents,
    and against our country.

    Therefore:  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 your 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.  That 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, math, carpentry, and more. If the
    only extracurricular activities you can
    imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic or
    racial or sexual identity, that means that little
    outside of yourself really interests you.

    Second, I am not interested in whether or not
    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 more than 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 will have been
    remiss in my duty to ensure that you are prepared to compete
    successfully 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 a meal at a nice restaurant than they
    do for church or school. Those people have
    their priorities backwards. 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 the "N-word," even
    when used by one black student to address another, 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 of your age to
    distinguish instinctively 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 the state of California
    decided otherwise a generation ago -- by earning it.
    One immediate consequence of this is that there will be only
    one class valedictorian, not eight.

    Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school
    toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No
    more time will be 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 from this school
    and does not consider himself 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 the United States of America
    As many of you do not know the words, your
    teachers will hand them out to you.



    I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO SEND THIS TO ALL IN YOUR
    ADDRESS BOOK  PERHAPS SOME LONG OVERDUE CHANGES
    COULD TAKE PLACE IN OUR SCHOOLS.

  2. BillyDRitchie profile image60
    BillyDRitchieposted 7 years ago

    This sounds more like an urban legend or other internet hoax, but I like the wording of it just the same.....

  3. Ivorwen profile image69
    Ivorwenposted 7 years ago

    This is what our schools and communities need!

  4. profile image0
    Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago

    I like it.

 
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