Archive for May, 2010

Tennessee Passes Resolution in Support of Arizona

May 25, 2010

Yesterday afternoon the Tennessee House of Representatives passed a joint resolution (HJR1253) in support of the State of Arizona for taking steps to protect their people when the federal government had failed to do so.  The main Resolved says:

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE CONCURRING, that this body hereby honors and commends the State of Arizona and its government officials on the upcoming commemoration of Arizona’s Centennial and that this body also salutes the initiative and the courage of the Arizona State Legislature and Governor Jan Brewer in their actions to protect their citizens and the borders of our great nation.

You can read the entire document by clicking the link above.

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Another Example of Why The Public School Systems Fail

May 6, 2010

If public school officials worried as much about whether the students in their schools were proficient at reading, writing, and arithmetic as they are about making sure no one is offended or has their self-esteem hurt, the public education system would not be failing.

Yesterday was the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo.  This is not an official holiday that is recognized by our government.  On this day some American students at an American high school in an American city chose to wear clothes with an American Flag.  They were told they were not allowed to do this on Cinco de Mayo because it was offense.

But to many Mexican-American students at Live Oak, this was a big deal. They say they were offended by the five boys and others for wearing American colors on a Mexican holiday.

They were told they must turn the shirts inside out and take off the bandannas they were wearing.  They refused and were sent to the Principal’s office where they were told if they didn’t comply they would face suspension (read the entire story here).

School officials have a difficult enough job focusing on educating our students.  Why are they spending so much time and effort and money on worrying about whether someone gets offended?  Should that be a concern of our teachers and administrators?  What if they just focused on teaching the kids and let the parents worry about those other issues?  How much better prepared would the students be for college and life?  I don’t mind my tax dollars being used to educate but I don’t want to see them wasted on this non-sense.

Any thoughts?