EVERY AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL SHOULD GIVE THIS SPEECH

EVERY AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL SHOULD GIVE THIS SPEECH

By Dennis Prager,

Radio Talk-Show Host and Columnist

To the students and faculty of our high school:

I am your new principal, and honored to be so.

There is no greater calling than to teach young people.

I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our
school.

I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of
the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers, and against our country.

First,

this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity.

I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow, or white.

I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin
American, Asian, or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the
Mayflower or on slave ships.

The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize,

is your individual identity, your character, your scholarship,
your humanity.

And the only national identity this school will care
about is American.

This is an American public school, and American
public schools were created to make better Americans.

If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial, or religious identity
through school, you will have to go elsewhere.

We will end all ethnicity, race, and non-American-nationality-based celebrations.

They undermine the motto of America , one of its three central values: epluribus unum, "from many, one".

And this school will be guided by America 's values.

That includes all after-school clubs.

I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation, or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.

Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood,
ethnic, racial, or other physically defined ties.

Those clubs just cultivate narcissism (an unhealthy preoccupation with the self),

while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry, and more.

If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being
interested in are those based on ethnic or racial or sexual identity,
that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.

Second,

I am uninterested in whether English is your native language.
My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school
speaking and writing English as fluently as possible.

The English language has united America 's citizens for more than 200 years, and it will unite us at this school.

It is one of the indispensable reasons
this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English-language skills,

I will have been remiss in my duty to ensure that you are prepared to compete successfully in the American job market.

We will learn other languages here.

It is deplorable that most Americans only speak English.

But if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.

Third,

because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in
this school will reflect learning's elevated status.

This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly.

Many people in our society dress more formally for a meal at a nice restaurant than they do for church or school.

These people have their priorities backwards.

Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.

Fourth,

no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this
school's property, whether in class, in the hallways, or at athletic
events.

If you can't speak without using the F-word, you can't speak.
By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission plus epithets such as the N-word, even when used by one black student to address another, or "bitch", even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend.

It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few of your age to distinguish instinctively between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.

Fifth,

we will end all self-esteem programs.

In this school self-esteem will be attained in only one way (the way people attained it until the state of California decided otherwise a generation ago), by earning it.

One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.

Sixth,

and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and
away from politics and propaganda.

No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom-wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue.

There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual, or not Christian.

We will have failed if any one of you graduates from this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately lucky to be alive and

to be an American.

Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag
of our country.

As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will
hand them out to you.

--By Dennis Prager

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 12:06 AM

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amen

I'm gonna be real interested in whats going on in school this year.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 12:15 AM

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I could not agree with anything else more!!! This is awesome!!! I take back a post title I posted last week, and put it on this one, " A girl can only wish"!!!

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 12:25 AM

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This is excellent

I am going to print this off a give a copy to the Principal of our little school so he can show it for a teaching tool. I am happy to say that that is exactly how our little school works now. (but I know it helps that the school is small,,, this fella has a big job ahead of him. I pray he succeeds).

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 12:57 AM

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It's about time!!! This man Knocked a Home Run!!!
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4 years 36 weeks ago, 6:27 AM

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He... could... go... all... the... way! TOUCHDOWN!! (in my best Chris Berman voice)

4 years 36 weeks ago, 7:48 AM

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I doubt that we

will be hearing this speech in my neck of the woods, I have kids in elementary, junior high and high school and the faculty of all three are Liberal, Liberal, Liberal. I live in a fairly conservative state, I can only imagine how it is elsewhere. Sam touched on this the other day, 80-85% of educators vote Democratic.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 7:51 AM

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I think that many of them vote that way because of the prominent educators unions and lobbyists in DC ( Yes I am in school to be science teacher as a back and i see the irony)

4 years 36 weeks ago, 9:33 AM

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great supporter of conservative values. Such a Principal would be the Joe Arpaio of the education field. I doubt, however that many Principals would have the cojones to actually give such a speech and establish such policies in the face of school boards who would, despite tenure rules, contrive any case possible to have them fired.

That gives me an idea. How about a new, third party education system?

"Conservative Schools of The United States of America".

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 11:39 AM

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Does anyone know if he got this FROM a principal who actually gave this speech, or is it what Prager would like all principals to say? Not that it is not a great speech; it is. I just wonder if it is a real speech given by a real principal.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 12:22 PM

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is, and what he does.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 12:28 PM

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columnist and talk show host. This is/was wishful thinking for all of us...

4 years 36 weeks ago, 12:37 PM

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July columns, so probably it was something divinely to be wished for by Denny.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 12:41 PM

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