Every time Americans wonder how Sweden got to be that way, take a look at the educational system. This is the Swedenization of America.
A local third grader who took cupcakes to class in celebration of his 9th birthday was told a topping on those cupcakes was inappropriate.
Last week, Casey Fountain’s third-grade son had a birthday party at his school in Caro. His wife decided to whip up 30 cupcakes for the boy’s classmates. She topped the treats with plastic army guys like the ones countless boys and girls have played with for decades. Fountain says he never thought his innocent act of party planning would lead to controversy.
Fountain says the principal of Schall Elementary School called him personally and told him that dressing the cupcakes with soldiers was, in the principal’s words, “insensitive” considering recent gun-related tragedies. Fountain says the principal was referring to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.
The green plastic figurines are representations of WWII soldiers, and Fountain said he doesn’t see a comparison to Sandy Hook.
Now here’s the Swedenization part.
The school’s principal, Susan Wright, released the following statement.
“In the climate of recent events in schools we walk a delicate balance in teaching non-violence in our buildings and trying to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere… Recently, a third grade boy brought cupcakes to school with plastic soldiers carrying weapons atop each one. These are toys that were commonplace in the past. However some parents prohibit all guns as toys. In light of that difference, the school offered to replace the soldiers with another item and the soldiers were returned home with the student.”
“In hindsight, one can always second guess a course of action. Schools walk a tightrope on many topics. By not permitting toy soldiers on cupcakes at school, no disrespect for our military or for the brave men and women who defend our right to have differences was intended. Our commitment is always to our children and creating a safe place for them to learn, grow and have respectful dialogues about their differences.”
This is Orwellian gibberish. It is not the job of a school to teach non-violence. It is the job of a school to teach knowledge.
Our children are not china dolls. Not only can they survive toy soldiers, but they can thrive with them. The average school is not a war zone. It is not threatened by school shootings. And a school that sends the message that an American soldier is not fundamentally different than Adam Lanza has gone Full Sweden.