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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Self righteous indignation in our schools

A conservative high school in Texas performed a skit depicting the assassination of Barack Obama. This was just one example of the frustration across the country of having a lame duck president who divided the nation, lowered the average family income, created a health care system based on a lie to the American public, and divided the nation along racial lines. 

Just kidding--the skit was actually about the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump. It's merely one example of the lack of respect for the electoral process and exemplifies the inferiority of our public schools.

The skit was performed at San Antonio's Marshall High School where officials claimed they took "appropriate action" following the skit in which a student acting as Trump was shot by a classmate using sound effects of gunfire from a cellphone. The so-called 'appropriate action' may have been something as drastic as school officials refusing to clap after the performance.

Some of the parents say that harsher punishment is needed and some people worry that political polarization has become endemic in the schools.

One parent, Melinda Bean, told the San Antonio Express-News, "Honestly, I have run out of words to describe how angry I am and how shocked I am that they're still in school today." She was referring to school officials who allowed this to happen and the idiots who performed the skit.

But this was hardly the only controversial anti-Trump activity happening across the country. And while most media coverage focuses on scattered violent protests around the country, it is now obvious that the election reverberations are being felt down to elementary school levels.

Personally, I'm going to wait and see what Trump is going to do with all of the promises he made that got him elected. When he does good things as I see it, I will praise him. When he screws up, I will call it as I see it.

However, teachers allowing demonstrations, particularly like the one in San Antonio depicting the assassination of the President-elect, are not teaching democracy--they are teaching anarchy.

Judith Myers-Walls, a professor emerita of human development and family studies at Purdue University said to FoxNews.com spoke to FoxNews.com and said "This election was unusually nasty. It was, in many ways, at a child's level with the candidates at times acting like they were in pre-school." She said that with the omnipresent media coverage and constant TV, Internet and social media coverage of the candidates, it's no wonder that young students picked up slogans like "Build the Wall" and "Lock Her Up," without understanding what they actually mean.

Myers-Walls explained that it's important that parents and teachers talk to students when they see them expressing these types of behavior and it's even more important to know when to introduce them to what's going on regarding politics.

I would add that schools have the responsibility  to present balanced political views rather than the views of teachers. That it will ever happen in our lifetime is highly optimistic and probably a pipe dream.

Finally, the fact that our so-called president refuses to condemn the election protests shows us who he really is--an insufferable Alinskyite who never lets a tragedy go to waste. I just hope he doesn't declare a national emergency requiring martial law and an extension of his term as POTUS. Actually, I've heard that notion before, but I suspect he doesn't have the testicular fortitude to try it.