This is not Mr. Prager..... this is Michael
If I were the Principal of a school.....this is the speach I would make, but Mr. Prager beat me to it and he is a real principal of a real school.
Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give.
By Dennis Prager .
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. This 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.
Second , I am
uninterested in whether English is your native language. 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, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.
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 over 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 would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete 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 Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have
their priorities backward. 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 "Nigger," even when used by one black student
to address another black, 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 your age to instinctively distinguish
between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the
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 decided otherwise a generation ago -- by earning it. One immediate
consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.
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 this school and does not consider
him or herself inordinately fortunate -- 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.