Zombie: Ideological war spells doom for America’s schoolkids

Still totally overwhelmed with relocation and work in realspace, so sorry for the light blogging.

My blog-ancestor has a 5-part series of essays on the culture wars in the US elementary and secondary school systems. Thus far, three four parts are up:

Go and read them all. You may not agree with everything you read (I have some qualms about the bits on Texas), but I agree with his/her basic premise, which is expressed in the title.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW8nh9c1C3ASlayer: Expendable youth (embedding disabled).

PC insanity of the day

Victor Davis Hanson has some interesting (as always) observations on the Morgan Hill fracas (see Zombie’s report, and our earlier posts here and here).

From the comments, this gem deserves an award for PC insanity:

Purple Victory

I’m currently pursuing a degree in Music Education at the University of Montevallo (PV!) in Shelby County, Alabama. I can tell you that the educational establishment is all about these neat little categories based on color. As part of my “education bloc” classes I had to take a course in classroom diversity that required learning racial stereotypes and writing lesson plans for each color of student. We quite literally had assignments that said “You have a classroom full of black students. Write a lesson plan.” When I decried this as racist the teacher told me I was being a white supremacist; when I told her I’m Hispanic and just light skinned she said I was a traitor to my race for not falling in line with this garbage.

“Racially appropriate” lesson plans. Hmm, where have we heard this idea before?
And as for being a “traitor”, welcome to the club.

Morgan Hill flag insanity continued (video)

“I never thought I’d be on national TV for wearing the American flag.” Indeed. Only in a nation that has lost the will to live would somebody who wears the national emblem on a minor holiday of a minority group — not even observed in most of the home country of said minority — be punished for “hurting the feelings” of the minority. (It’s not like they bowdlerized “Cinco de Mayo” as “Cinco de Quattro”, as a certain POTUS [payaso of the United States] has been known to do.)

Amusingly, the two “thought criminals” being interviewed both have last names (Carvalho and Maciel) that would seem to hail from the Iberian peninsula, which suggests they might qualify as Hispanics themselves.

See earlier coverage by Zombie as well as our own earlier coverage.

Also, while I shall not dwell on the place I once called home, those otherwise inclined will find some interesting material related to this controversy at Diary of Daedalus.

PC insanities of the day

I wish I could write “of the week”, because there’s just… so much insanity to report. Via Insty, one of today’s “winners” is from Morgan Hill, CA, near the garlic capital of the world (Gilroy):

CHANGE: Five Morgan Hill students sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts. School officials called the flag shirts “incendiary” because it was Cinco De Mayo.

Read and weep. The article notes that Mexican flag T-shirts and even face paint were much in evidence. These are supposedly not “incendiary” 😉

Another PC anocephaly: an Ann Arbor, MI organizes an elementary school enrichment trip (meet a rocket scientist) where… only black children were allowed. The principal defends this as “an attempt to close the achievement gap between black and white children”.

If this is “post-racial America”, I am a ball-bearing, on which Martin Luther King (a lifelong Republican, BTW) is spinning 6,000 rpm in his grave.

UPDATE: try being an illegal immigrant in… Mexico.

UPDATE 2: Zombie takes on the  Morgan Hill story. According to the commenters, the school district has meanwhile distanced itself from the actions of the principal. Others note that Cinco de Mayo is actually not a big deal in Mexico itself. Yet another notes that United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1, Paragraph 8b actually states wearing the US flag as apparel is an act of disrespect. Live and learn. Of course, we all know that this particular ordinance is observed more in the breach than in the observance.

UPDATE 3: Apparently there are still some voices of sanity in the CA public school establishment and/or  grassroots action gets results. Response from the school district to a commenter at WeaselZippers (h/t: Pi Guy):

Master Sergeant V–

First, thank you for your service to our country, and for your email. Yesterday, the District issued a statement immediately after the incident stating that it did not agree with the actions taken at the Live Oak High School site. Here is an additional statement released today:

“The Morgan Hill Unified School District does not prohibit nor do we discourage wearing patriotic clothing. The incident on May 5 at Live Oak High School is extremely unfortunate. While campus safety is our primary concern and administrators made decisions yesterday in an attempt to ensure campus safety, students should not, and will not, be disciplined for wearing patriotic clothing. This matter is under investigation and appropriate action will be taken.”

I’m afraid with the volume of emails I am receiving, I may not be able to reply personally to any additional comments, but I will endeavor to read everything that comes in my inbox.


Bart Fisher