Are you as worried about the next generation of Americans as I am? I think there is good cause to be.
We all know that today’s schoolchildren don’t compare very well academically to students in many other countries. In a recent comparison of academic performance in 57 countries, American students ranked just about in the middle. 16 other countries beat our kids’ scores in science, and 23 in math. Obviously, American students need to be taught better, and have to work harder, to move ahead in the worldwide pack.
And while I think we need to help them improve scholastically, I’m even more concerned about what we are teaching them! I’m talking about the lessons they are picking up from our idiotic thirst for political correctness.
Case in point – In New York City, a fourth grade boy was suspended for sticking a Post-It note on another boy’s back that said “Kick Me.” Hey, we’ve all pulled silly pranks like that, but suddenly, it is considered bullying.
I don’t like bullies, but was this really bullying? When I did the same thing, it was to one of my best buddies. He reciprocated by throwing a bunch of live earthworms into my lunchbox two days later. Kid stuff, and nobody was harmed. Today, it’s an “incident.”
Another case to consider – When a young California soldier returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, he was invited by one of his former high school teachers to come to his class and talk about his experiences in the war.
When the young man arrived at the school, wearing his dress uniform, he was told that he must remove his Combat Infantryman’s Badge from his uniform, because the award depicts a musket surrounded by an oak wreath. Only members of the Infantry, who have served in combat, are awarded the badge, and to most who wear it, it is a cherished symbol of their service.
The school system has a zero tolerance policy for guns or images of guns on school property. When the soldier refused to take the decoration off his uniform, he was asked to leave the school grounds.
Yes, this is certainly a message we need to send our kids, isn’t it? You can serve your country, even fight for it, but back home, we don’t want to acknowledge that we live in a real world, where brave men and women are willing to kill or be killed to protect the rest of us.
Yet another example, also out of California – A high school teacher was suspended from his job because he rattled a table to get his students attention. An eight grader then called 911 on her cell phone, saying she was scared, and police were dispatched to the school.
None of the other students felt threatened, and when police and the principal arrived in the classroom, the teacher was busy giving his lesson. But because police were called, school district policy required the teacher’s suspension.
Give me a break! More than once, my high school shop teacher, Jim Summers, bounced an eraser off a sleepy student’s head to wake him up, and I had my butt paddled by teachers and principals more than once. It didn’t hurt nearly as bad as what happened when I got back home!
So does this mean that if some lazy kid didn’t do his homework, he can call the cops and say he is afraid, and the teacher gets suspended, while the kid is off the hook?
Whatever happened to discipline in a classroom? Whatever happened to common sense? Whatever happened to respect for our military? What kind of citizens are we nurturing these days?
Will we become a nation that is afraid of it’s shadow, that has no sense of humor, no integrity, and no spine? We will if this is the future!
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