Imaginary School Principal Gets It Right

Normally, Saturdays at Asylum Watch are dedicated to the posts of five great collaborators in what is called Guest Saturday. Unfortunately, Pat Slattery of The Free Market Project was unable to put up a post recently, We look forward to his blogging again very soon.  So, today I want to share with you a post from Maggie’s Notebook written by her good friend, who goes by the handle, Findalis. Ms. Findalis had the good fortune to catch on TV a program with Tom Brokaw, Sarah Palin, and conservative columnist and political commentator, Dennis Prager. Prager turned  out to be the star.  Ms. Findalis was able to get a copy of the transcript of a speech  that Prager would give if he was a new highschool Principal. She felt, and I think you will agree, that this is a speech we wish every school principal in America would give. So, let me present his speech and then I’ll add my thoughts.

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 some 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.

Can you imagine, as Findalis did, “If all schools nationwide adopted this ideology for their schools.” The way things are today that would require a pretty active  imagination, wouldn’t it? Where would we find such Principals? What teacher’s colleges  in American could produce such Principals?

It has taken the progressives fifty years to get our educations system to its present state, where it produces only zombies fit for minimum wage  jobs, at best. Only a small percentage of Americans are capable and/or have the mind-set to homeschool their children. The vast majority of Americans believe that the public school system is their only option. And, in a practical sense, it is the only option for most Americans. America still has some excellent colleges of engineering, sciences, and of business . But, you have to wonder how long it will be before the progressives infiltrate those schools, as well.

In my opinion, the future will belong to those nations that did not pollute their education systems.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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10 thoughts on “Imaginary School Principal Gets It Right

  1. It has taken close to a century, but the progressives were not dissuaded. They developed the game plan of infiltration. Unfortunately, we are late to the game.

  2. In my view, the pushing of the concept of self-esteem has been the greatest factor in destroying education and the fabric of our society. Even among parents who homeschool — a group more concerned that their children get a good education than many other parents — the self-esteem meme is taking over even though the word “self-esteem” isn’t used.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that, AOW. Although I believe there are lots of positive ways to build self esteem, it canbe the principle focus of an education. Education must be about learning the skill sets that will give young people a fighting chance of becomng a productive member of society.

  3. Good post. I am going to send the link to a retired principal friend of mine and see what he thinks.

  4. I sent this link to my principal friend. He did not respond. Since then he has been posting Facebook garbage supporting Obama, and blaming Bush for everything that Obama is now under fire for.

    So my guess is- he didn’t like this.

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