| June 20, 2013

Scenes from the land of make-believe

If you haven’t heard of Remington Reimer, you should. Remington recently graduated as valedictorian of his high school class in Joshua, Texas. He’s been accepted at the U. S. Naval Academy. By most people’s standards, that would be something to celebrate. But, when Remington prepared to make his valedictory speech at graduation, school administrators warned him they would shut off his microphone if he digressed from the pre-approved script.

Well, Remington inserted some language about having respect for the Constitution – and the school administrators pulled the plug.

In Maryland, a seven-year-old boy was munching a Pop Tart when he realized it looked like a gun. “Bang!” he said playfully. “You’re suspended!” said the school bosses.

In California, some high-school students wore shirts with the U. S. flag on them during the school-decreed Cinco de Mayo celebration, when separatist Mexican flags were part of the official event. They were sent home.

And so it goes in the land of make-believe that is much of American public education, where two Oklahoma school districts sued parents for wanting the best possible education somewhere else for their learning-disabled kids. Is it any wonder that the ranks of homeschoolers continue to swell?

Given a choice in who you would hire or choose to associate with, would it be a school administrator who pulls the plug on a young American man for mentioning the Constitution, or that same young man who is setting out to serve and defend his country?

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