Attributed to Radio Host Dennis Prager

This is attributed to Southern California Radio host Dennis Prager.

A 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 — e pluribus 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. 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.

Second, I am  uninterested in whether English is your native language. 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 obscene.

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.

Sixth, and 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.

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