Cutting Education But Requiring the Pledge

Here’s a cute post from the Flash Report; its a summary of bad bills and good ones (hint: all the bad ones are from Democrats and the good ones from Republicans, in case you were wondering).

FR statehouse writer Meredith Turney penned this ditty:

“These bills are just the tip of the iceberg, but I don’t want to depress you any more than necessary. I’ll end on a positive note: SB 1274 by Senator Mark Wyland will require public school students to recite the pledge of allegiance every day. Students would also be required to learn the pledge and national anthem by third grade. With all the communism and other crazy ideas being promoted in our schools, kids will need some patriotism to get them through the day…”

More after the flip:

Communism?!! In public schools!?! Written by someone without kids in the public school system. My son studies communism as it related to the Cold War; its called History class.

And what do you know, Music Classes are one of the targets of budget cuts in IUSD; so who’s going to teach these kids to sing the Star Spangled Banner? We’re also eliminating class size reduction in 3rd grade and 9th grade making it harder for kids to learn about the history behind the national anthem.

IUSD released a summary of the cuts; they include reductions in: special education, class size reduction, sports, health clearks, support for larger class sizes. science, art, and music.

My daughter is already lamenting the loss of art class. I’ve told, “Oh honey, you can’t have art class because really rich people need a tax loophole for their luxury boats.”

  4 comments for “Cutting Education But Requiring the Pledge

  1. March 19, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    With all the communism and other crazy ideas being promoted in our schools, kids will need some patriotism to get them through the day…”

    When did this become part of the curriculum? Have we been wrong all along and did Bush really implement, “No communist left behind?”

  2. RHackett
    March 19, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    I studied communism in college. To quote Edward R. Murrow:

    I believe that our faith, our conviction, our determination are stronger than theirs and that we can successfully compete, not only in the area of bombs but in the area of ideas.

    Sadly, many conservatives don’t have that conviction. They believe that once a
    person is exposed to communist thought it is a one way ticket.

    I know my classmates (as myself) came out of our studies having stronger
    beliefs in both America and its capitalist system.

  3. March 20, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Someone needs to tell Sen. Wyland that it’s 2008. Seriously.

  4. Northcountystorm
    March 20, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    A pajarito told me that Wyland ontroduced the bill at the request of a San Juan Capistrano constiuent.

    Be wary of the Wyland trap—focus on the education cuts(and they will get worse) and not the flag or chasing Wylands communist ghosts.

    Murrow was right of course and the brutal suppression of Tibet by the Chinese this week is further evidence of their ideological bankruptcy.

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