Monday, October 17, 2011

Spanish-Language Students Required To Recite Mexican Pledge Of Allegiance In McAllen, Texas, Rick Perry Remains Silent: Education Or Indoctrination?

A report that Spanish language students in a McAllen, Texas high school have been required to memorize and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance has triggered a firestorm of criticism, particularly among American patriots. Furthermore, the silence of Governor Rick Perry on this issue is disturbing, and casts doubts upon his resolve to defend America's sovereignty should he be elected president.

The incident took place in September 2011 on Constitution Day in an intermediate Spanish class at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas, a city located about 10 miles from the Mexican border. Sophomore Brenda Brinsdon objected and refused to participate; when she complained to the Latino principal, Yvette Cavazo, she was told it was part of the curriculum and she should participate. After Brenda's father complained to the superintendent, Brenda was given an alternative assignment: an essay on the history of the Mexican revolution.

Brenda Brinsdon also recorded the incident on video (after the jump):

School district spokesman Mark May denies that students were being required to pledge loyalty and renounce the U.S. He explained that it’s a state requirement for upper-level language classes to teach about foreign culture, and teachers are given latitude on how to interpret and teach the standards. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards do not require learning to recite pledges or anthems.

And so I was prepared to write it off as a tempest in a teapot. Except when Glenn Beck interviewed William Brinsdon, Brinsdon revealed there was much more to it. Brinsdon described how he was surprised when Brenda told him about the assignment, how he contacted several school officials and never got any promised calls back, and even revealed another disturbing case of some shocking claims of anti-American indoctrination. “The indoctrination of this stuff is going on all the time down here,” he said. “And also last year she was told in her Spanish class that this land was stolen from Mexico, yada, yada, was told to be quiet through the class.”

That changes everything. If reciting the Mexican pledge of allegiance is part of a general context of Mexican supremacism and anti-American propaganda, then it crosses the line from education to indoctrination. And this case is not an isolated incident; the Tucson Unified School District's Hispanic studies program was so rife with Mexican supremacism that Arizona passed a law outlawing ethnic studies that promote the overthrow of the United States government and resentment toward a race or class of people. Also outlawed were classes designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group and those that advocate ethnic solidarity rather than the treatment of students as individuals.

Also disturbing is the fact that Texas Governor Rick Perry has not spoken out on this issue. There is no chance that Perry is unaware; he is serving his third term as governor. City-data reveals that McAllen is 82 percent Hispanic. So consequently, one can assume that Perry is unconcerned about his state's high schools becoming indoctrination factories for Mexican supremacism. Could he really be expected to defend America's sovereignty as president?

Town Hall seems inclined to blow it off, but Hot Air is also unhappy with it.

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