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posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 12:29 PM
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I got this in an email from my sister and thought I would share it. I completely agree with this and wish more school principals would hold themselves and their schools to higher standards such as this. This is something I'm going to print and give to the principals of both schools my kids go to.





A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give.... By Dennis
Prager.
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 interested 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 on Aug, 19 2011 @ 12:33 PM
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Bravo

I got goosebumps reading that



posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 12:37 PM
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Says it all doesn't it? If we had more teachers and principals like this, imagine where our country would be.



posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 12:37 PM
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I've posted something about this too. Let me find the link.


www.abovetopsecret.com...

Take a look.
edit on 19-8-2011 by Elsek because: Found.



posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 12:42 PM
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I got this in an email from my sister and thought I would share it. I completely agree with this and wish more school principals would hold themselves and their schools to higher standards such as this.


Unfortunately, NO high school principal has yet to utter these words - though it should be a required speech at every school IMO.


www.snopes.com...



edit on 19-8-2011 by facelift because: mmaarrg



posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 12:42 PM
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Sorry 'bout that. I was looking for the actual letter. But, something like this can never be said too often and should be spread far and wide.

edit on 19-8-2011 by DAVID64 because: spelling



posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 12:44 PM
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If you click on my link, and then click on the link I posted it has a link to the article from the guy who wrote it.



posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 12:44 PM
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FYI, this was not written by a high school principal, but by a conservative radio jockey. The title included in the OP eludes to this (the Should Give part), but I've seen this email in other forms suggesting that an actual principal gave this speech.

Edit: facelift beat me too it.
edit on 19-8-2011 by Boreas because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 12:50 PM
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Didn't know it was from a radio show host, but I'll give him a listen. Thanks for the info.



posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 01:09 PM
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The high school I went to in the SF Bay Area probably would not have received this very well. There were so many different cultures and ethnicities attending the school that the white students were the minority. You try telling them they can no longer celebrate who they are in school.

I can honestly say that I feel like a better person for having the Vietnamese, Mexican, and Filipinos share their cultures with me. If they hadn't I might have been an ignorant American for longer than I care to think about.



posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 01:20 PM
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Originally posted by midniteracerx
The high school I went to in the SF Bay Area probably would not have received this very well. There were so many different cultures and ethnicities attending the school that the white students were the minority. You try telling them they can no longer celebrate who they are in school.

I can honestly say that I feel like a better person for having the Vietnamese, Mexican, and Filipinos share their cultures with me. If they hadn't I might have been an ignorant American for longer than I care to think about.


I get the feeling whoever wrote this had the intention of promoting the American part of Mexican-American, Vietnamese-American, African-American, etc. Its something that bugs me about Americans is that no one is proud to call themselves one. People ask "What nationality are you?" and people say "Italian" or "Japanese" when they were BORN in America. Their family heritage may be from Italy or Japan but if you were born in America you are American. When people ask why Americans cant come together to get things done, this is one reason why. We dont even see ourselves as American FIRST, we're "Italian-American"...why not American-Italian? Doesnt that make more sense?



posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 01:41 PM
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Thats a very good point. When I was teaching, we used something called "people first" language. Instead of labeling a student as deaf, blind, or whatever the disability may be, we referred to them as a "child with x." Example: Deaf child vs a child with a hearing disability.

I can see how labeling people as American first is a step in the right direction. I still think it would be hard to convince people who are proud of their culture to do that. And I wonder if this America first language would be without consequence.



posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 02:39 PM
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I'm sure, if a principal were to really make this speech, this would be the .line of the local paper the next day:


Principal's body found behind playground



"It looked like he was torn apart by wild animals"

One day after making an inspiring speech before the student body, the new principal of the school was found dead, brutally beaten and mauled behind some bushes at the back of the school playground. Police have no leads at this time.



The advocates of toleration and multiculturalism wouldn't put up with a guy like that for one second...


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