Email Of The Week.

We watched high school principal 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.  This was written by Dennis Prager.

Higher Learning

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 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 lucky — 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.

As MasterCard is fond of saying ….. That is priceless.  What we have now, all this PC crap surely isn’t working, perhaps this is what we need? 

Getting back to basic’s.


6 thoughts on “Email Of The Week.

  1. Oh, my. I hope we never evolve into that.


    • Can’t see where it would hurt anything myself. But that is me. Much like the French, we have become rude and surly, and a little sprinkling of manners and common courtesy should not do anything but improve our lot in life.

      I didn’t write it, just posted it. Some of it I like and some of it I don’t.



  2. I like every thing he says. Won’t happen, but it sure is nice to see someone in education that says what we feel is the direction our schools should be going.

    He is unlikely to last long in his career as an educator.


    • More than likely you are right on the money Jon, progressive thinkers do not get very far in America any more. Louisiana was proposing to teach manners and civics to 5th graders as they said “they were not getting it at home.” Of course, a select group of individuals went nuts over it and it did not happen. Now New Orleans is the murder capitol of the U.S. with one being dropped per day (shot or killed). The majority of these crimes drug related and young people.

      Being pretty sure this dog will never hunt, I am sad, I see a lot of good in it.



  3. Had to re-read Mr. Prager’s comments twice to make sure that what he’d said was just about the same soul searching, we can do better, type of speech that certainly came from his heart ! I have heard this and many, many other educators come forth with this true feeling that things CAN change, and WILL get better in the “system”, only to fade to black and go on back to what we have today.
    It all starts with the parent (s) people ! We’re gonna have “latch key” kids ’til the end of time, i.e. with the parents working to make ends meet, and less and less time for their children on a daily basis. Just look at your malls, and other places the kids “hang out” nowadays. Look how they’re allowed to dress (if ya want to call it that !) Look at how and what they’re allowed to look like when and if they DO make it to school that day? In certain parts of the country, the ACLU and other lawyers have made ALL of that possible, ’cause a lawsuit scares the hell out of anybody nowadays !
    Mr. Prager and many more like him bring hope, a good spirit, and maybe we can, attutudes to many, many people that still have that hope and dream that THEIR children will make it to that finish line he’s talking about.


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