SCHOOL INDOCTRINATION FOLLOW-UP - AT 6:25 P.M. ET: Most readers are aware by now of the outrageous attempt by a New Jersey elementary school to force students to sing songs, Red China style, that extolled the virtues of Barack Obama. The school caught caught when, and only when, someone put a video of the singing students on YouTube. Parents had never been told about it.
Now the principal of the school speaks. Is she apologetic? Hell no! From Fox News:
The principal of a New Jersey elementary school where young students were videotaped singing the praises of President Obama is making no apologies for the videotape and says she would allow the performance again if she could, according to parents who spoke with her Thursday night.
Three parents told FOXNews.com that Dr. Denise King, principal of B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, N.J., defended the controversial performance, which was videotaped and posted on YouTube, when they approached her during a "Back to School" event.
Parent Jim Angelillo said King told him the lesson was merely part of Black History month, and not an attempt to indoctrinate students, as critics have charged. He said he believes teachers have the freedom to express their political views, but not in the classroom.
"Freedom of speech, not freedom to teach," Angelillo told FOXNews.com.
King has long been a fan of Obama, hanging pictures of the president in her school's hallways and touting her trip to his inauguration in the school yearbook.
Included in the full-page yearbook spread were Obama campaign slogans ("Yes we can! Yes we did!") and photos King took in Washington on Jan. 20, when she attended the inauguration.
COMMENT: Look, I can understand the pride that African Americans like Denise King have in Obama's election, but this is dead wrong. We don't sing songs of praise to sitting office holders - not while we have our democracy, anyway.
Will anything be done about this? No indication yet. It will require parents to remain active and demand a halt to indoctrination. It's obvious that Denise King doesn't know what the word means, or doesn't care.
September 25, 2009