Friday, May 26, 2006

America, American? Not in Michigan schools!

I came across this editorial from a Michigan newspaper. It begins, "Censoring the word "America" from our own schools is something Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden would never have thought possible. Michigan has done it without a whimper."
The Michigan Department of Education is trying to ban the teachers in their state from using the words America and American. Now tell me honestly, when you hear the word America, do you immediately think of all of North America and South America? How about if you hear the word American? Does your vision also include Mexicans and Canadians?
The editorial goes on to say, "Instead of focusing on better teaching methods and educational resources to help our hard-working teachers and parents, the Department of Education spends its energy on confusing, misleading, historically inaccurate and counterproductive wordplay."
Have there been times where you think our Utah Department of Education also spends it's energy on things other than better teaching methods and educational resources for our hard-working teachers and parents?

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