MYRNA BROWN, HOST: Today is Thursday, June 17th. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Myrna Brown.
MARY REICHARD, HOST: And I’m Mary Reichard. Here’s commentator Cal Thomas on public education’s dismantling of western ideals.
CAL THOMAS, COMMENTATOR: A New Jersey school district has voted to eliminate "the names of all religious and secular holidays from the school calendar ... opting for the more generic description 'Day Off.'" You can guess the reason. They used those increasingly popular words—"inclusive" and "equitable."
No more Christmas, Hanukkah, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, or even Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly known as Columbus Day). Maybe they should keep April Fools' Day because that accurately reflects their decision. Or, since they have chosen "Day Off," they could name them after the film character Ferris Bueller.
In Fairfax County, Virginia, the country's 10th largest school district, leaders are taking such foolishness even further.
School board member Abrar Omeish delivered the commencement address at Justice High School. Before her speech, RedState.com reports, a student recited the Pledge of Allegiance, but not the one we are used to: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. And to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under Allah, indivisible, and with liberty and justice for all."
Omeish told students the United States was guilty of stealing land from Native Americans. She also denounced "extreme capitalism, individualism, and white supremacy." She has previously made remarks that "target and marginalize Jewish students and their families," according to the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.
These and other incidents and decisions made by school boards across the country have raised the ire of many parents. Some have shown up at public board meetings, denouncing members. Others are engaged in recall efforts. But will any of their replacements be better than the current ones?
This summer offers a unique opportunity for parents and their children. After more than a year of distance learning that has left some students behind, especially those in marginalized communities, now is an excellent time to rethink our entire education system. Public education, established three centuries ago with values that are in sharp contrast to what is taught today, has long exceeded its expiration date.
Parents should take advantage of school choice in states that allow them to choose the schools that best teach subjects that matter. Those that at a minimum do not undermine the country, its history (good and bad), their faith, and societal values.
The pandemic has allowed parents to see the contrast between what many public schools have become—"missionaries" for a far-left and secular agenda—and what they were taught as students in an altogether different country.
Parents have it in their hands to make a lasting difference by depriving the system of raw material—their children—who in many cases are being indoctrinated with secular progressive ideas.
An admonition by the late first lady Barbara Bush seems even more important today: “Your success as a family ... our success as a nation ... depends not on what happens inside the White House, but on what happens inside your house.”
And in schools.
I’m Cal Thomas.
CAL THOMAS: I’d like to add another thought here before I go.
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