It is not too often that I share my opinion as not to offend anyone…….
But just this one time I truly can not contain myself – this has me simply baffled!
Here is a little excerpt from an article printed in the New York Post on June, 11, 2011 (There is a link to the article below so you can read further)
“A controversial Coney Island principal has pulled the plug on patriotism. Her refusal to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants. Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergarteners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony. Five classes spent months learning the patriotic song, which skyrocketed in popularity after the 9/11 attacks ……Hawkins marched in on a recent rehearsal and ordered a CD playing the anthem to be shut off, staffers said. She told the teachers to drop the song from the program. “We don’t want to offend other cultures,” they quoted her as explaining. The curt edict stunned both staff and parents. “A lot of people fought to move to America to live freely, so that song should be sung with a whole lot of pride,” said mom Luz Lozada, whose son, Daniel, is in kindergarten.”Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/school_silences_patriotic_song_xdunXcLPbE8S2rAEcZoUiP#ixzz1xiYu13Vr
Greta Hawkins the principal of that Coney Island school was quoted as saying that we do not want to offend other cultures!!! Is she kidding….America is known as the “Melting Pot” other cultures come here for a better life, the “American Dream”. Other cultures are proud to be here. This is a song about loving the country you are living in; not changing your culture! This is a song about the men and women who are fighting overseas for our freedom, coming back wounded, forever changed and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for us. FOR US!
What example is she setting for these children. Not to mention these kindergartners were practicing for months. How as an educator do you have the heart to do that to these babies after all their hard work learning all the words! (You must watch this video of one of the precious kindergartners who sings this on Fox News http://video.foxnews.com/v/1683365797001/)
Her other dispute about the song was it was not age appropriate! The creme della creme which topped this off was that this genius approved a Justin Bieber song about teenage love over patriotism…..again IS SHE KIDDING! Why would you want a 5 year old to sing about teenage love?? No offense to Justin Bieber and he is not even American; he is Canadian.
Why is the School Chancellor standing behind this decision? What is this world coming to? Why do we allow this? What do you think? Would this make you angry?