New High School Principal
Posted by tax payer (+351) 11 years ago
I recieved this in an e-mail, hope someone got this principal as he has great ideas.
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 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 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.
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Posted by David Schott (+17532) 11 years ago
Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda.

Yeah, right. No politics or propaganda in this "letter".
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Posted by tax payer (+351) 11 years ago
Yeah, right. No politics or propaganda in this "letter". And What would that be?
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Posted by JCF (+388) 11 years ago
English has always been the language? Hell, Chicago has street names in Polish today. There are entire towns in Texas that speak German - becuase they are full of German immigrants. Ever been to a Hutterite colony? German language. Northern Maine is full of French speakers. etc etc.

so, saying a categorical stmt like "only English" because that is the way it has always been is a political statement.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6172) 11 years ago
Um, here's a few:

Sex education in schools
English only
Global Warming
Gender issues
Sexual orientation issues

While some of the goals in this letter are laudable totally ignoring important issues related to teenagers in a place where they live 8 or more hours a day is abhorrent.

Also, how can you teach world culture and history if you ignore race and ethnicity? Ignore the Holocaust?

[This message has been edited by Wendy Wilson (8/26/2010)]
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Posted by Bridgier (+9307) 11 years ago
While I'm pretty certain that five minutes (or less) on snopes will render this apocryphal, let's pretend for a moment that this is something other than wank material for those whose highest aspiration is an invitation to the country club, and realize that this principal just cost his school district an amazing amount in attorney's fees.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6172) 11 years ago
Hey, go do the quiz.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11984) 11 years ago
Wonder which political blowhard penned this pile of fertilizer?
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Posted by Denise Selk (+1665) 11 years ago
Umm, I would hope that to be someone's "New High School Principal", you had some experience in the field. Unfortunately, the author of this "e-mail" is Dennis Prager, an American syndicated radio talk show host, syndicated columnist, author, and public speaker noted for political and social views emanating from Judeo-Christian, Jewish, and American values

http://www.dennisprager.c...7f6a0b98f8

Yeah, no propaganda here.


Ooh, and I see he has a lovely link on his website site:

"Click to join Amac - The One Senior Group that has the Moral Courage to Denounce the Ground Zero Mosque!"

Yeah, no politics either.

[This message has been edited by Denise Selk (8/26/2010)]
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Posted by Shu (+1801) 11 years ago
This letter reminds me of a couple things:

It almost sounds like something Joe Clark would say...he was the principal of a New Jersey high school as portrayed by Morgan Freeman in the movie "Lean on Me"...a pretty good movie, I think.

It also made me think about this movie quote:

If you ladies leave my island, if you survive recruit training, you will be a weapon. You will be a minister of death praying for war. But until that day you are pukes. You are the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even human, f--king beings. You are nothing but unorganized grabastic pieces of amphibian s--t. Because I am hard you will not like me. But the more you hate me the more you will learn. I am hard but I am fair. There is no racial bigotry here. I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here you are all equally worthless. And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that? Full Metal Jacket

Maybe the above movie quote is more harsh than this letter from the principal...but by how much?
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Posted by Bill Freese (+474) 11 years ago
We will end all ethnicity-, race- and
non-American nationality-based celebrations.

Damn straight. This St. Patrick's day nonsense has got to stop.

if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school

So, you will learn English here. But if you do not already speak English, then English is all you will learn. Math? Non-English speakers don't need no stinkin' math.

there will be a formal dress code at this school.

I'm guessing not "dashiki's for everyone".

you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.

The "holy"? So this is a parochial school? Hey, no problem, then. Nothing to do with tax payers.

No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine

Good. Those anti-drug campaigns always got kind of preachy. Students in this school are going to want chemicals to help them relax after school gets out. Good to know the school approves.
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Posted by Bill Freese (+474) 11 years ago
OH! OH! And Dennis Prager has his own on-line Prager University, just like Glenn Beck.

http://www.prageru.com/

Give us five minutes, and we'll give you a semester.

Now that is an institution of learning.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9307) 11 years ago
Except Joe Clark would have understood that his end goal was creating better students, not scoring points in the culture war.
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