A Standard for Every School Principal

While this was written in regards to High School Principals, I believe it should be broaden to every school principal, superintendent of public schools, College and University.  TPF


High School Principal


Every concerned citizen should read this. . .

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give....

By Dennis Prager.

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.

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  • This guy shgould be the Secretary of Education and emplement these rules in every school inthe U.S.

  • This is a repeat and well worth it - I am glad it is finally making the rounds. It should be made Department of Education policy!
  • When I do my job to an exceptional level, I get a reward.  It's called a pay check.  When something is sub standard, I get a charge back from the corporation I'm sub contracting for, OR my own customer complains to me and I make it right.  We shouldn't have to give someone a cookie for doing their job.   I don't have a problem with the vast majority of teachers.  It's the union leaders who rob the money from the teachers and hand it over to politicians.  There are so many state and federal laws protecting workers now, that there's no need for unions any more.  I know about integration.  I remember the police escorted school buses in Boston.  Still, the public school system is a failure.  I'll bet $50 bills all day long that you stop a kid on the street and ask them who fought in the American Revolution or what years the Civil War was, you'll get nothing.  Ask them who the Speaker of the House is and they'll say "Mom.. when dad's not home."  And the union says "The children will suffer with tax cuts."  BS.  They're already suffering.
  • @ Wayne - we must embolden our quality teachers to continue to shed the illuminating light on the "crap" our kids are being pummeled with.   I think it is a great idea to financially reward those teachers who've exhibited excellence in their conduct and in their classrooms, and reduce the remuneration to those who cannot or will not.

    Just like so many people are now mobbing to corral  all Tea Party Patriots together based on the handful of people (maybe TP's or maybe moles) demonstrating mean-spirited and racist positions, we - the Tea Party, must not do the the same by assuming all teachers, union members and Democrats are working against the best interests of America.

    Thanks Wayne.

  • @howard - I address this in the opening, but typically bureaucrats and politicians want avoid accusations so they go to the panel and no one is accountable or to blame.  I think this should apply to all educators.  Someone must make a stand (be accountable) and The principal is best position to do so.  You know this doesn't have to be a public school system, this could be a private school.  Imagine the uproar and the national attention.  We need patriots to lead our schools.
  • Living is assachusetts, I am accustomed to being on the dirty end of the stick and believed the school system was saturated with liberals pushing their agenda.  However, my daughter told me about a video the class was shown in her senior year.  I was enraged that such liberal hogwash was being shown especially since I couldn't connect it to the class subject.  A few days later, she told me that the teacher told the class that it WAS a bunch of crap, and the reason he showed it was to teach the class not to buy into everything they are shown in schools.  To evaluate, research, and draw their own conclusions based on FACTS and logic.   Also, when I campaigned for Scott Brown, I greeted many neighbors and friends at the polling place, standing in the snow, rain, and darkness, and was pleased to find many of them who were union members, including school teachers, voted for Scott.  My point is, things aren't always as they appear on the outside.  Teachers have to live and work in a hostile environment, and can't always reveal their political views to their co workers.  We are well entrenched, but need to turn the tide and go on the offensive.  Political correctness needs to become a dirty word.
  • Lets go with this now...
  • a thousand times YES!

  • Its about time....Yes!!!
  • RIGHT ON !!
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