The only way to pledge allegiance in the land of the free

by beagooddad on September 21, 2006

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Some grade school in Freeport, TX was celebrating Hispanic Heritage month.  The kids gathered in the gym.  The bilingual students sang some Spanish songs, some little Mexican flags were handed out and everybody stood up while some teachers said the Pledge of Allegiance…to Mexico.

A ton of people seem extremely angry about this.  And quotations like this are being floated around:

Where is the sensitivity to the country and to the troops and the men and women that have fought and died for this country?

Why is this important to a little parenting blog like this?  This is our kids’ education that is being discussed.  What kind of special politcally correct filtering do you require for your kids’ school assemblies?  Remember this is not an everyday occurance, this was a special celebration during Hispanic Heritage month at a school where 65% of the students are Hispanic.
Where do we take this from here?  Will people start complaining when they play the Australian national anthem after an Australian swimmer wins gold in the next Olympics in America?  Will people start complaining that Spanish, German, and Latin should not be taught in school because they are not official languages of the United States.  If so, don’t we have to stop teaching English, too?

If my kids’ school is trying to give a special presentation to celebrate some ethnic group, I hope they do not crumple under political correctness and water it down until the presentation does not mean anything.  A grade school Hispanic Heritage assembly should be able to be more exciting then showing Dora the Explorer and eating some tacos.

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