A St. Louis-area school district accused a longtime substitute teacher of bullying students who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance — because he thanked students in class who did stand for the pledge, KTVI-TV reported. The Blaze
ONE student got his feelings hurt so the school board asks this great American teacher to stand down. Do you know when it started?
In 1965 a thirteen-year-old little girl wore a black armband to school to show her opposition to the war in Vietnam. Two days before that day, the Des Moines school board had banned the armbands as a “disruptive influence.” Without getting involved in an argument as to whether the Vietnam War was right or wrong, the resulting Supreme Court decision introduced the idea of children’s rights.
In a 7-2 decision Justice Abe Fortas wrote, “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights…at the schoolhouse gate.”
While the idea of “rights” will usually bring a “Don’t take my rights away” attitude from most people, we took a sharp left turn with that decision. If one were to put forth a proposal that children should not have any rights, the goodie two shoes of the world would condemn you as someone who supports child abuse, which is not the case.
The whole idea of a child having rights that supersede institutional rules and regulations is at the base of many of the problems the family, our school systems and our kids are having today. If children are protected by the Constitution, then a dress code would interfere with a child’s right to choose or of expression.
Would a female student have the right to dance topless at her senior prom? If you follow Supreme Court logic, she would. Does a child have the right to bear arms? Same answer. We’ve reached the point where if a child showed up in school with his hair down to his ankles, wearing a swastika with a safety pin stuck through his cheek and burning the American flag, and tried to stop him, the teacher would be arrested.
The idea that children are responsible is a farce. When a child first reaches school, they must have rules to follow. Rules do not mean treat them cruelly. The rules must be made by responsible adults whose sole intention is for the good of the children.
However, to define “for the good of the children ” can encourage some heated debate.
We have become a society that believes never saying no to a child is a kindlier, more understanding and definitely more today. We’ve been led to believe the alternative can only be child beatings for not doing homework. Both conclusions are wrong.
What we have done is load children down with adult decisions they aren’t prepared to make. A child is just a child and must be led through their formative years. Part of that leading is learning to follow rules just because they are rules. A dress code may not be enforceable when you are an adult but in school it’s mandatory. While some may view PeeWee Herman’s conduct in a movie theater as acceptable, it’s not in school.
When parents drop their child off at school, they are transferring control of that child to the school system. They should insist on the child’s safety as number one priority. Second should be providing the best education possible. Educating a child should also include teaching them manners and respect. Teaching manners and respect starts with following rules.
During the Gulf War a high school student decided not to participate in the pledge of allegiance as a protest. When the school suspended him, the ACLU came to his rescue. The snowball just gets bigger.
And then there are those, like Hilary Clinton, who believe an 11-year-old little girl should have the right to an abortion without her parents’ consent. In California, the “teach kids about sex” advocates are reconsidering their decision to teach the kids about intercourse.
They are considering teaching them “outer course” in an effort to curb the increase in children’s sex. Outer course is defined as teaching them creative ways on how to successfully masturbate their partners. According to their reasoning, the children will then choose this over intercourse.
So the message is, our schools will not set examples in citizenship, but they will get knee deep in teaching kids everything they can about sex. It’s their civic duty.