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Thankful our local school districts express their patriotism

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:48 pm

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Like many small town school districts, both Van-Far and Community R-VI receive several complaints for a variety of reasons.
Parents might be upset about a child’s grade, a disciplinary issue with their child might get them riled up, or concerns might be expressed on the education curriculum.
Regardless of the complaints, one thing we all should be able to agree on is that both districts are patriotic and don’t mind celebrating that their students live in America.
This is evident each year when both district’s hold well planned out Veteran’s Day celebrations to honor the men and women who have proudly served our country.
With guest speakers, presentation of colors, a breakfast, and so much more, both districts go out of their way to make sure veterans know they are appreciated for their service.
The “Pledge of Allegiance” is said before many meetings and events. The “National Anthem” is performed during home basketball contests.
This is a nice contrast to what took place recently at Fort Collins High School in Colorado.
As part of Winter Spirit Week, the student council proposed for Monday to be set aside as a day to celebrate the United States.
Students were going to be asked to dress in patriotic colors.
The administration reportedly shot the idea down.
So students reportedly offered a compromise. They said the district could hold a “My Country Monday.”
This would let students celebrate either America or perhaps a country where some students might originally be from.
The compromise was reportedly denied as well.
One student is quoted in saying “It’s shocking…There are men and women fighting for our country and we should be able to celebrate that and be proud that we live in a country where we are allowed to vote – the right to free speech. They won’t even let us celebrate it.”
Ironically, students are required to participate in Cinco de Mayo celebrations every May.
While the administration apparently back peddled and said they did allow the compromise suggestion, parents and students claim the change didn’t happen until midday on Monday after a national reporter called the district on the matter.
So now the Colorado district is facing a storm of national criticism for what happened there.
Of course this could have been avoided if it wasn’t overly concerned with political correctness.
We live in the United States of America.
These students shouldn’t have needed to compromise their original celebration plans. Men and women have died serving our country to protect our freedoms.
Unfortunately, many school districts today are so caught up in political correctness they end up violating many of the freedoms our men and women died and served to protect.
Districts should be anxious to have kids actually take the time to celebrate the nation they live in.
We are suppose to be the “United States” after all. We should be united in support to celebrate the nation we live in.
I hope the student council’s next request is to ask for another patriotic day to support the U.S. Winter Olympic team.
I wonder how that will go over…