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We are accustomed to reading of outrageous behavior on the part of teachers in the government schools in this country. Often protected by tenure and assured of a healthy retirement income, they have a captive audience. But this news from Texas is particularly jarring.

Parents Outraged Over Mexican Pledge in Texas School

Some parents in Freeport were livid after they said a Velasco Elementary School assembly last week included a requirement that children say the pledge of allegiance to the Mexican flag.

One mother, who has a daughter enrolled at the school, told KTRH News she couldn't believe a school assembly would include children holding small Mexican flags and reciting a pledge in Spanish. 'Where is the sensitivity to the men and women who have fought and died for this country?' the mother asked.

Several parents have complained to the Brazosport Independent School District administration, school officials confirmed, but claims that students were required to recite a pledge to the Mexican flag were simply false, a school spokesman said.

Brazosport District Spokesman Stuart Dornburg said, 'A group of parents, who are volunteers, did get up on stage and recite the pledge to the Mexican flag ... the students did not recite the pledge.'

The level of cluelessness displayed by the school authorities is simply astounding. Or perhaps it is not cluelessness at all. The careful use of "volunteers" and other aspects of deniability structured into the exercise suggests a plan to get away with instilling the message of loyalty to another nation.

Hat tip: Jack Kemp

 
Thomas Lifson   9 20 06

We are accustomed to reading of outrageous behavior on the part of teachers in the government schools in this country. Often protected by tenure and assured of a healthy retirement income, they have a captive audience. But this news from Texas is particularly jarring.

Parents Outraged Over Mexican Pledge in Texas School

Some parents in Freeport were livid after they said a Velasco Elementary School assembly last week included a requirement that children say the pledge of allegiance to the Mexican flag.

One mother, who has a daughter enrolled at the school, told KTRH News she couldn't believe a school assembly would include children holding small Mexican flags and reciting a pledge in Spanish. 'Where is the sensitivity to the men and women who have fought and died for this country?' the mother asked.

Several parents have complained to the Brazosport Independent School District administration, school officials confirmed, but claims that students were required to recite a pledge to the Mexican flag were simply false, a school spokesman said.

Brazosport District Spokesman Stuart Dornburg said, 'A group of parents, who are volunteers, did get up on stage and recite the pledge to the Mexican flag ... the students did not recite the pledge.'

The level of cluelessness displayed by the school authorities is simply astounding. Or perhaps it is not cluelessness at all. The careful use of "volunteers" and other aspects of deniability structured into the exercise suggests a plan to get away with instilling the message of loyalty to another nation.

Hat tip: Jack Kemp

 
Thomas Lifson   9 20 06