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A New Principal: A Must Read

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  1. twinter

    twinter TS Member

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    ONE OF THE MOST COMMON SENSE MESSAGES RECEIVED REGARDING IMPROVING OUR YOUTH AND THEREFORE OUR COUNTRY. PLEASE READ!!!!



    FINALLY - - Someone in the teaching profession had the courage to set the standards so badly needed NOW.



    New high school principal


    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 -- epluribus 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 fortunate -- 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.
     
  2. mixer

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    A laudable position statement for sure. Unfortunately the negative feedback from those who will feel that indivdualism is being surpressed will never allow the changes to happen. Sad, very sad indeed.

    Eric
     
  3. hoot619

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    That is how it was when I started in school. It is about time

    we start waking up.
    In grade school I acted up,got what I deserved. I did NOT run home

    to my parents to let them know what happened. 1. Did not need more punishment

    2.Knew I was wrong. 3. Mom and Dad would not be pleased. 4. Hoped like hell they

    didn't find out about it. Ken U.
     
  4. motordoctor

    motordoctor Shoji Tabuchi in Branson

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    maybe we should bring back the paddle. That is something that I will never forget. Detentions, cleanup in the lunchroom. Don't just get up and leave you stuff on the table. Dress codes. need that back. honor thy parent and teacher. we need that also. Where are the kids of today going to learn the skills of yesterday. Bring back the shop classes as everyone is not college material. motordoc
     
  5. Catpower

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    It would be fantastic if it could happen, but before he got done with his speech the ACLU NAACP and all the others would be filing lawsuits

    I was in the same era of school Ken was, but the only problem I had was we lived in a small town, and if I got in trouble the news beat me home to the farm, the punishment was worse that what the school dished out
     
  6. hoot619

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    Catpower, Ya you brought a smile to may face. Sometimes the folks said nothing and we thought we had gotten way with something. Or maybe it was just part ff growing up. If Mom and Dad did something every time I screwed up, or they got wind of it Hell I still would grounded.LOL Ken U
     
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    Did they have radios in 1910?
     
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    If you fail to maintain a "C" any academic class, or to test your grade level on standardized tests, you will will be ineligible to play sports.


    (listen to the bitchin' then...)
     
  9. CharlieAMA

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    I have to agree with the speech. When I was in grade school, we said the Pledge of Allegiance everyday. If you got sent to the office, you got a whipping from the principle, with a belt. I got a bunch of them. Mr. Glover would pull out the top right hand drawer of his desk, and you had to bend over it, and take a lashing. Then, after school you were sent home with a note, and my Dad would overhaul me again. But, looking back, I deserved every whipping I got. It is too bad they don't do that anymore. Some of these parents, today, need a whipping also.
     
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