Shame on Them!!

flags.jpgIt is unbelievable that people show their ignorance right out there in front to be ridiculed.  How stupid can they be?  Well here’s a story for you.  There is a town in North Carolina that banned the wearing of any countries flag on September 11th 2007.  The reason is they couldn’t decide what flags could be worn and which ones shouldn’t. 

On the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, students at one high school were not allowed to wear clothes with an American flag.

Under a new school rule, students at Hobbton High School are not allowed to wear items with flags, from any country, including the United States.

Neptunus Lex was able to sum up my thoughts on this with one sentence.

Let me make this one very simple for you, supe: Kids can wear the flag of any country that gave them birth, freedom and opportunity.

Well said Lex.  There are more than a few that could learn a thing or two from you.

Since this story broke they have lifted the ban on wearing any flags on their clothing.  A little late… you think?

My older son has started kindergarten this year and the political correctness speeches have already begun.  Please people this is getting ridiculous.  To be truly politically correct don’t we have to teach our children everything about other cultures and countries?  The school board is limiting what they will teach our children.  We send our children to school to get an education.  The true meaning of education is (and yes I looked it up):  The act, process, or art of imparting knowledge and skill.  I don’t see anywhere is there that it says we should pick and choose what we teach them.  By teaching our children other cultures they will grow to be compassionate and respectful to others.  By not teaching them I believe that we are limiting them before they even begin.

5 thoughts on “Shame on Them!!

  1. That’s ridiculous. I agree with you completely. Cultural awareness should be required for all kids in the world today. The word is not in the definition, but I believe eduation, especially at the elementary level, is about exposing kids to new things. That allows them to decide what they like and follow their own hearts. Educators shouldn’t feel the need to draw conclusions for kids. I think the biggest problem we have is that some parents don’t want to teach values, so when the schools get involved in that, it becomes a slippery slope of how far they should go. Coming from a family of them, I feel for the educators, but this is absurd! I try to tell myself that wouldn’t happen in Mass or CT, but you know it could!

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  2. I am unimpressed at the ban, given that it was lifted one day after it would have been appropriate to wear an American flag.How dare they deny the citizens of this country their RIGHT to express their solidarity with the rest of their fellow citizens in remembering and paying tribute to the victims of 9/11.Educators are usually one of the first to line up and cry out about freedom of speech, yet they have shown themselves once again to be woefully out of touch with students.

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  3. I totally agree with both of you. It was pointless to lift the ban when they did. As far as the educators… it is the board of ed and not the teachers that are making these ridiculous decisions. Who are these people anyways? Looks like I may have to try and do something about that now shouldn’t I?

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  4. I hate to play devil’s advocate here, but I can imagine the school educator’s meeting…."You know, a lot of kids are going to wear flag shirts on the 11th.""Yeah, and some smart ass is going to wear an Iraqi flag or something.""Yep. Or a Chinese flag, or god forbid, the colors of the FRENCH!""So what do we do? We can’t tell them that they can ONLY wear American flags that day.""Uh-huh. So we’ll just say that they can’t wear any flag and avoid the situation."I’ve been to a few office meetings where things went sort of like that………

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  5. I agree with all who have posted so far, and you know that makes me crazy (thank you Toby Ziegler). Unfortunately, I think M Tyrrell is probably correct. In this day and age of "political correctness" and the fear of a lawsuit if someone is discriminated against, they probably felt that they had to ban all flags. We have become a society that doesn’t want to punish the one kid who is misbehaving, we’ll give a blanket punishment for all. So rather than punish the child who thought he/she would be funny and wear FRANCE, this way they let down the kids who would have worn the American flag to show they care. Thanks for letting us all vent.

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