Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Memorial Day in an American Fourth Grade

By Barry Rubin

It’s Memorial Day in the fourth-grade public school class. Each student is given a paper with two pictures and a paragraph of text about Memorial Day to read.

No discussion about how liberty can be threatened by tyranny, or the sacrifices made by Americans to protect their country, and the preciousness of the lives given so that these children could enjoy freedom and a good life.

That’s it, the entire commemoration in a class that has spent days on discussions of manmade-global warming, immigration, American racism, and the Japanese internment during World War Two.

A ten-year-old girl from a South American country says: “My parents force us to live here. We hate America.” Another student from a different South American country agreed with her. Typical? Probably not. But that’s what happened.

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