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California Screamin’: Another Educator Is Offended by the Stars & Stripes
Posted By Calvin Freiburger On May 12, 2010 @ 9:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments
These days, America’s cultural elites can be counted on to go to the ends of the earth to ensure that nobody is ever offended.
Nobody, that is, except patriotic Americans.
First came the sorry tale of the California school which decided American flag t-shirts had to be banned on Cinco de Mayo, and last night, Sean Hannity highlighted another Golden State education scandal when he interviewed thirteen-year-old Taryn Hathaway, the seventh-grade artist behind the flag pictured above, and her mother Tracy:
HANNITY: Alright, so you drew a beautiful picture of the American flag, “God bless America.” What happened from there?
TARYN HATHAWAY: She walked up to me and said it was offensive and I asked why? And then she just walked away not telling me why.
HANNITY: And you never got an explanation as to why?
TARYN HATHAWAY: No.
TRACY HATHAWAY: No.
HANNITY: Alright. And tell us about — you had another student in the class that drew a picture of Barack Obama. I assume they had a little, you know, bubble that said “Yes, we can,” chant — you know, I mean —
HANNITY: What did the teacher say to that?
TARYN HATHAWAY: She said, “Thank you for supporting our country.”
HANNITY: Wow. Now —
TARYN HATHAWAY: Yes.
HANNITY: Mom, you and apparently your husband stepped into this and you met — you went to school. What happened from there?
TRACY HATHAWAY: We had a meeting with the principal and the teacher. And my husband asked her point blank, what do you find offensive about my daughter’s art? The flag or God bless America?
She didn’t have an answer for us. And she still hasn’t answered. She then said that she didn’t say that, that she never said the flag was offensive, the drawing was offensive. It wasn’t until later in the meeting when she found out that another student in the class had heard what she’d said that she backtracked and said well, I could have said it, I can’t remember if I said it.
Santa Rita Union School District Superintendent Mike Brusa has leapt into damage control mode on behalf of teacher Peggy Saunders, speculating that the whole issue “may” be a big misunderstanding, as Saunders’ class “may” have been “working on the Yellow Ribbon project, which sends care packages to military in war zones,” and if that was the case, the problem was simply that flags weren’t supposed to have writing of any kind.
I wasn’t there, but Brusa’s version of events—which he admits is speculation—doesn’t pass the smell test:
The most pitiful thing about this story might be the way Brusa makes the poor, beleaguered school district out to be the victims of the affair:
Hundreds of e-mails to the Santa Rita Union School District in Salinas questioning the patriotism of educators over an art project with American flags and symbols “jumped the gun [Brusa said]…This upset me because I don’t need to be lectured about patriotism…We’re getting the reaction of people who don’t know all the facts. They know a few facts and fire off an e-mail. What’s most disturbing is that something as wonderful as the Internet can be used as a virtual mob.”
Translation: my teachers screwed up, and you’re at fault for noticing. Is Brusa suggesting that it’s some great logical leap to think a teacher who objects to the Stars & Stripes might be unpatriotic? Doesn’t the community have the right to be angry at reprimanding a kid over an innocent flag?
Chalk this one up as yet another school district caught in the grip of an establishment that values leftism over learning and casually scorns the values and concerns of the community’s parents, viewing them instead as the ignorant rabble, little more than revenue sources to keep their bureaucratic boondoggles afloat. The same scene has been repeating itself in thousands of schools across the nation for years—it’s way past time for America to say “enough.”
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