The future of America lies with our youth. We all pledge allegiance to our nation. Do we want our youth to actually be loyal to America? Or do we want them to simply recite words in the hopes that by doing so, when faced with a threat to their freedom, they will be loyal to America? Do we want them to learn how to even recognize threats to American freedom? Given the fact that part of the Board’s stated MISSION is “to inspire and prepare students to be…effective as well as ethical contributors to our global society” and makes no mention of duty to our nation shows—BBHCSD will not teach children how to recognize threats to their freedom.
The Mission Statement sets the tone and direction for the entire school district and defines its very purpose; it establishes the foundation upon which ALL of our district’s objectives are based. Recent discussions about its Mission Statement reveal this:
BBHCSD believes the “global population” is superior to the American population and, therefore, wants “our children to become global citizens”! (go)
America is a nation founded upon the principles of freedom. Unlike other nations, America is governed by “We the People” who are united by the common belief in these “self-evident” truths: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
America is the greatest nation in the history of civilization. America is the richest, freest, most powerful, and most generous nation on earth. America is the stabilizing force for peace in a tumultuous “global society”. America is the leader among nations for the protection of human rights. Oppressed peoples around the world still look to America as their last beacon of hope.
If the “global population” is supposedly so superior to Americans, why is it that there is no other nation on earth that can boast of all the things with which Americans can take pride?
Schools have a tremendous amount of influence on impressionable youth---the future generation of leaders of our nation. What our nation will look like in the future, in many respects, is determined by what values they are taught in school. Unless our nation’s schools foster patriotism and help preserve, reinforce, and teach the principles and traditions that made our nation great, and if our nation’s schools teach that America is inferior (or equal) to other nations, we risk having a future generation of leaders who have totally lost sight of the fundamental principles of freedom upon which our nation was founded. Then, it won’t be long before we have a generation willing to forfeit our freedoms for a purported good of a so-called “global society,” a generation willing to transform our nation from one governed by “We the People” into one governed by "the Government” or “the Global Society.”
Do we want our youth to learn that there is a cause greater than freedom? Or do we want them to learn exactly why someone would make the following statement?
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”-- Patrick Henry
The Mission Statement reflects what we, as a community, want children to learn in our schools. Do we want children to learn that American freedom is worth defending? The price for freedom has been very costly and has been paid with blood. At this point, while we have the opportunity, we can fight for America without having to pay that high of a price. All we need to do is make a phone call, write a letter, or send an email. We can help fight for America by simply telling Board President, David Tryon (526-5355 / firstname.lastname@example.org) that the Board’s mission should include teaching children to become ethical and effective contributors to, specifically, AMERICA! Then, on Independence Day, as we wave our flags in celebration of our freedom, we can take pride in the fact that we, too, did something to defend America.
June 22, 2013
At its meeting on Monday, June 24, 2013, the Board will consider a brand new proposal to change the “Patriotic Ceremonies” Policy (# 8800).
Superintendent Prebles proposes changing the policy FROM:
Professional staff members are authorized to lead students in the Pledge of Allegiance at an appropriate time each school day.
Professional staff members are authorized to lead students in the Pledge of Allegiance once per week.
Currently, our teachers are authorized to lead students in the Pledge of Allegiance each day. Superintendent Prebles’ proposal, if approved, would take away a teachers’ authority to lead students in the Pledge of Allegiance each day. Instead, the teachers would only be authorized to lead the Pledge of Allegiance once per week.
July 3, 2013
Even though a discussion of the "Patriotic Ceremonies" policy was on the June 24 meeting agenda, the Board decided to NOT discuss the "Patriotic Ceremonies" policy during that June 24 meeting. The Board said it would, instead, discuss the policy at a special meeting on July 12.
WATCHDOG ADVOCATES FOR PATRIOTISM