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High School Principal

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Feb 11, 2005
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NE WY at the foot of the Big Horn mountains
A School Principal

This is from a column that Dennis
Prager wrote, and I wish that a few school principals would lay down a
similar directive.

High School principal

We watched Dennis Prager of Colorado,

along with Sara Palin and Tom Brokaw on TV a couple of weeks ago, what

a dynamic, down to earth speaker. Even though Palin and Brokaw were

also guest speakers they did little but nod and agree with him. This

is the guy that should be running for President in 2012!

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 speak only

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


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.

Pass this along if you agree, if not
delete. For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For
those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

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