April 23, 2005

THEY INFLICT MORE DAMAGE ON THEMSELVES THAN WE DO:

Altered Pledge of Allegiance stuns students (Valerie Richardson, 4/23/05, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

The students in Vincent Pulciani's seventh-grade class were reciting the Pledge of Allegiance this week when they heard the voice over the intercom say something they'd never heard before, at least not during the Pledge.

Instead of "one nation, under God," the voice said, "one nation, under your belief system."

The bewildered students at Everitt Middle School in Wheat Ridge never even got to "indivisible," according to Vincent's mother, Christina Pulciani-Johnson.

Nothing fuels intolerance like the tolerant.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 23, 2005 1:43 PM
Comments

You know, many in the educational field have always felt that American history was unconstitutional. The Pledge itself is not very old and it's sentiments may just be social constructs which favor the ruling class. It's very important that students be taught from the earliest age the importance of keeping an open mind since historical interpretations are all relative and driven by class interests.

Who said the age of 'isms' is behind us? Whatever.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford, Ct. at April 23, 2005 2:14 PM

Tom C.:

The Pledge itself is not very old and [its] sentiments may just be social constructs which favor the ruling class. It's very important that students be taught [...] the importance of keeping an open mind since historical interpretations are all relative and driven by class interests.

Written with tongue in cheek, but accurate nonetheless.

It is a mistake to believe that this is all that there is to history, but it's also a mistake to believe that these aren't factors. History is written by the victors, and all that.

Posted by: J. Tiberius K. at April 23, 2005 3:22 PM

That's a great line, almost as good as "They [Mohammedians] can't take over fast enough," in response to Holland's expansive euthanasian policies.

Posted by: Brent Anderson at April 23, 2005 4:04 PM

Tom is that supposed to be satire?

No difference, the attutude you express is one that would be expressed by a group seeking to undermine society. Another possibility is that the barbarians have to have civilization and its benefits taught to them.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at April 23, 2005 4:04 PM

The students should have immediately burned every piece of paper in the classroom that had the school name and insignia on it, and then told the principal they were protected by Texas v. Johnson. And dared him to do anything.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 23, 2005 10:22 PM

The base/superstructure theory is as meaningful, in a practical sense, as Marxism. In other words, it's not very meaningful at all. A method for rationalizing the failure of Marx's deterministic historicism. The mental masturbation of left wing academics easily sold to nit-wits like the school principal in the story.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford, Ct. at April 24, 2005 10:38 AM
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