During his nationally broadcast (3rd highest audience behind Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity) radio program yesterday, Glen Beck implored his audience, by repeating three times for emphasis--to remove their children from America's Public Schools.
(I listen to Beck from time to time and I find his show to be entertaining--however I think Michael Savage is much better-- much more entertaining, intelligent, and enlightening. WCOA bumped Savage's show back an hour to give us more Hannity and Beck-which was really disappointing)
But yesterday, Beck had started the segment by criticizing a San Francisco Bay Area School for sending students home for wearing shirts that displayed the American Flag. The issue was that several students wore the American Flag shirts on Cinco De Mayo--and apparently this offended the largely hispanic population at the school in question.
Obviously, I agree with Beck in that for an American school to send students home for wearing American Flag Shirts was outrageous. No child, I do not care the day, should ever be punished for being patriotic for his country-our country-The United States of America. If students from other countries did not like seeing the red, white, and blue --they should return to their country of origin, period. This is America!
The story, which appeared on the Drudge Report earlier in the day, can be read here.
I agree this particular incident was a travesty, but for Beck to make the leap that all families should consider homeschooling their children was/is an overreaction to this one isolated incident.
But public schools get beat down routinely on talk radio programs. Hannity constantly bashes on Public Schools. Limbaugh does as well.
And the Problem is this-lots of people believe every word these talk show (entertainment) hosts spew.
I'm the first to admit pubic schools have issues--and reform is desperately needed. But I'm a believer in Public Education and I strongly support public schools and I know if public education is ever eliminated our country's very future would be seriously in jeopardy.
We need to fix our schools, make them more efficient, and get back to the basics or people like Beck, Hannity, and Limbaugh will be proven right in the end.
Our Country cannot afford for this to happen.
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