As it is about time to return to school I just had to let you know about something I read recently in “neatoday” magazine that absolutely horrified me.
First, let me say that I teach English in a public high school, and I did join the union only because I may need protection in case I am falsely accused of something; I could never afford a lawyer on my own. That said, I am pretty much anti-union in general. Anyway, I receive this magazine quarterly and leaf through it to see what the union is talking about and working toward. Of course, their lips are attached to the rear of The One, that is no surprise, but I read something in the “bulletinboard” section of the magazine that made me literally cry out (page 46, Fall 2009 edition). This is a section in the magazine where teachers share their “wonderful” ideas. Here is one of them:
Title: A New Pledge
Author: Michael Szewczyk, fourth grade teacher, Irvington, New Jersey.
“Each morning, public school students have to stand and salute the flag by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. After my students complete the Pledge in its standard form, we repeat it in a kid-friendly style that is more understandable and meaningful to them [emphasis added]. Here is the version we created together: ‘I promise my faithfulness to the banner of the United States of America and to our government, for which it stands, one country under God, for which we will stick together, and freedom and fairness for all’” [emphasis added].
Yikes! Fourth graders! I expect maybe next he will teach them all a really cool salute! At least he kept God in his version, but this is appalling to me. My prayer is that parents wake up and keep abreast of what is being taught to their children. I was a “pain in the neck” parent when my daughter was in school, but, by golly, I knew what was going on. I teach about 180 students each year, but only a handful of parents keep in touch with me on a regular basis. Scary!
The best defense against this kind of indoctrination is a strong offense. Parents, teach your children well. Instill in them honesty, patriotism, and integrity. Demonstrate a love of God and country in your own life; remember…kids learn by what we do, not by what we say.