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Schools should educate, not indoctrinate

Posted: June 19, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 19, 2014 2:00 a.m.

The latest assignment some sixth-grade students got in one of our local schools is “Atrocities committed by our troops in Vietnam.”

That’s the last straw. It’s not education — it’s indoctrination.

Instead of middle school, our grandson is going to be home-schooled in the basics.
Why didn’t our public school substitute American patriotism for atrocities?

This kid didn’t learn about heroes like George Washington at school. He was impressed by the facts that our first president was the only officer to survive an ambush by the French and Indians in the war about 20 years before our Revolutionary War.

In that battle and several others during the Revolution, Washington had horses shot out from under him and bullet holes in his coats. He was never wounded.

There were isolated atrocities in Vietnam, but the fact that the enemy hid among the “friendlies” and used vicious booby traps to maim or kill probably was reason.

Is the goal of Common Core to implant young minds with the myth that America is no better a country than any other country?



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