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Schoolchildren: The Left's Newest Fodder By: David Yeagley
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, January 13, 2005

Public “education” too often means making sure all America’s children are used in the PC crises created by their school leaders. Superintendents, principals, and teachers use children to wreak social havoc in American communities, promoting anti-American values.

Communities are caught off guard. Mustang, Oklahoma, (a southwest Oklahoma City suburb) was recently slapped in the face with arch-typical administrative tyranny. Mustang superintendent Karl Springer peremptorily removed the traditional Nativity scene from the annual elementary school Christmas play. He wanted a non-Christian holiday play, and it included Kwanzaa and Hanukkah displays, along with the pagan symbols of the season, Santa Claus, and a decorated tree.


Of course, Springer (of Hollywood, California), claims he was following the advice of an attorney, Phyllis L. Durheim Walta, of Hennessey, OK. Hired by Mustang in 2001, Walta is a local attorney involved in educational issues, and in a variety of suits. She apparently told Springer it might be illegal to display the Nativity scene.


Not that there’s an overwhelming population of Jews, or any other minority, in Mustang, OK. In a district of about twelve square miles with over twenty churches, Mustang is the most dense Christian demographic in the country. In a community of 13,000, there are no Jews identified. There are less than 1,500 kids in elementary school; not likely any of them would be offended by the Nativity scene. Only 77 people identify themselves as “black.” (Another 109 say they are black and mixed with another race, totaling about 1.4 percent of the population.) Most blacks here are Christian, and, very few celebrate Kwanzaa.


But the children must be spared the unforgivable shame of sinning against political correctness. Obviously, this is about the administrators, not about the children. It’s about one or two adults in authority dictating to the community. There was no board meeting, no community vote, and there was never any discussion (although Springer said the Oklahoma Association of School Boards supported his decision).


Of course, the community was outraged, and reacted with rigor. They voted down two bond issues that would have meant more than $10 million for the Mustang elementary school. Former Oklahoma Representative Tim Pope said, “You’ve got to tell [the school authorities] you’re not going to sit by and let them take away your rights.”


A similar situation presented itself in Nyack, New York, two years ago. School board president Don Hammond said he did not want to offend Indians, so he wanted to remove the “Nyack Indian,” the local high school logo. But there wasn’t a living Indian in a 50-mile radius (unless we count the plains Indian transplants in New York City). There were no Indians living in Nyack, or attending Nyack High School. The Nyack Indians disappeared some 350 years ago.


But no more “Nyack Indian” images on the school building or on the team jerseys. Again the community was outraged. The vast majority wanted the logo, and voiced their opinion to the school board at public meetings. (Later they formed The Nyack Indian Foundation, and started providing the traditional Nyack Indian class rings for students, after the school discontinued the rings.)


But school boards, presidents, and superintendents have their own agenda, and it is not to represent their communities. It is to keep step with the national agenda of Communist values – especially those articulated by the leftist National Education Association. It is to shape the student population according to anti-American principles and to remove the values upon which the American society was built.


Fear of offending a minority, real or imaginary, or intent to show respect for diversity, is nothing but an attempt to blur the original values upon which the American nation was built. Political correctness is a sinister plot to obliterate the meaning of being American. America now means nothing specific, nothing defined. It’s become a politically manipulated aggrandizement of diversity.


Nyack was not about respecting Indians. Mustang was not about respecting religious minorities. Nyack was about tyranny. Mustang was about absolute dictatorship. It was miniature globalism, test tube Communism, leftist victory by administrative fiat in the name of protecting children.


School children are the easiest kill. The rest of us are only useful idiots in the scheme of things.

Dr. David A. Yeagley is a published scholar, professionally recorded composer, and an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies. He's on the speakers list of Young America's Foundation. E-mail him at badeagle2000@yahoo.com. View his website at http://www.badeagle.com.

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