Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Education or Indoctrination?

SOLDIER STUNNED BY LETTER KIDS' RANTS

An American soldier overseas is fuming over letters he received from Brooklyn middle-school children accusing GIs of destroying mosques and killing civilians in Iraq.

Pfc. Rob Jacobs of New Jersey said he was initially ecstatic to get a package of letters from sixth-graders at JHS 51 in Park Slope last month at his base 10 miles from the North Korea border.

That changed when he opened the envelope and found missives strewn with politically charged rhetoric, vicious accusations and demoralizing predictions that only a handful of soldiers would leave the Iraq war alive.

What does this say about what our kids are being a) taught in schools, and b) socialized to by the media? An 8th grader sends a US Servicemember a poiltical rant? One has to wonder how and why a 14 year old kid gets this kind of "information?"
(link found on Worldnetdaily.com)

UPDATE:
Apparently, the teacher who spawned the vitriolic missives is, and I quote, "Really sorry." WEEELLLL, I guess that makes it ok then. As long as you're SORRY, then we'll just move on.

One has to wonder what would have happened if one of the letters had gone to a sister school in, oh say, Iraq, and some of the letters had accused the Iraqis of killing Americans and blowing up skyscrapers? Holy Shiite, what a freakin' hornets nest that would be. Ah, but see, if you allow your students to accuse a US serviceman of being a pillager and murderer, it's ok, as long as you apologize afterwards. That really takes the sting out, doesn't it?