The Journal Times today announced the winners of their speech writing contest concerning the future of civil rights in Racine. The JT did not indicate who judged the competition, but my guess is that it was JT staff or a similar collection of leftists.
A contest such as this gives us some insight into the propagandizing that is happening in our schools. I should note that this phenomenon is not limited to the public schools, as three of the winners are private school students.
The elementary school winner called for a smoking ban, a ban on cell phones when driving and increased funding for the D.A.R.E. program. The high school winner trumped up racism as a bigger problem than it is, all but calling me a racist when she wrote that "denial is a form of racism." The second place finisher in the elementary division wrote about a book that she read called Ida B. and her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster and Possibly Save the World. The book itself passed the PC test because it used recycled paper not tainted by chlorine, which of course "creates toxic by-products that can make people and animals sick." The second place finisher in the high school division called for manditory volunteerism, an oxymoron if there ever was one.
The news wasn't all bad though. Jaun Carlos of the San Juan Diego School took personal responsibility for his own pushing and shoving. He could stop glorifying violence by "telling other kids that there is nothing good about fighting or being mean to others." And finally he indicated that he could best protect civil rights if he were to get a good education. And second place finisher Natalie Frederickson of McKinley Middle school called for parental involvement with their children, teaching of good values, volunteerism and charity.
As for me, I think that our civil rights are routinely threatened, and it will be these children and others like them who will continue to destroy them. But there is hope. Most children will grow up. Many may well reject the childlike utopian dreams foisted on them by their liberal teachers. I am less optimistic about our local newspaper.