As if letting parents get close enough to actually see the kids perform patriotic tunes would violate the fargin' Patriot Act, the principal shooed us away like some maniacally polite bantam rooster.
Mind you, the kids were surrounded on all sides by grass or concrete and no parent has even a passing interest in videotaping anybody but Junior, so the whole thing sort of policed itself last year. As each class finished, the parents cleared out of the good spots or made for the exits in droves, leaving room for the next batch of amateur Ansel Adams' angling for just the right shot to email grandma.
We were so far out in the cheap seats that I ended up with video of two different 4th grade girls, neither of whom was The House Blonde. One wasn't even in Katie's class, much less singing. At least they were both blond. Never did see Jake belting it out but I got it on video.
They introduced the cops and the soldiers, we had our moment of silence, the second graders sang God Bless America and the third grade followed with God Bless the USA (no word from the ACLU about any injunctions from the 9th Circuit).
Early on the morning of September 11, 2001 Jake knew in his heart that the televised images weren't Hollywood special effects but he asked anyway. Is that real, daddy? Then he raced downstairs only to reappear momentarily in his Spiderman tee shirt, announcing that he, Tanner, and Gavin were going off with the Power Rangers to save the people in New York. My son's a stand up guy.
At the time Mrs TWC said......
I would rather be on a highjacked airplane with someone inoculated by Power Rangers than someone who believes the message of every school institution: that weapons are bad and that the authorities and the government will solve all problems and protect you.
In the wake of 09-11 Mrs TWC was one of very few to ask hard questions about the educational establishment's handling of the tragedy.
There were also stories in Education Week's coverage about "lessons" schoolchildren could learn from the tragedy. Reported lessons include geography, lessons about letter writing, and lessons about making civic contributions to our nation.
Sadly, I have yet to see any newspaper or school specialist call for lessons about liberty, about constitutional guarantees, about how these terrorist acts will test fundamental values of freedom versus safety. Schools will not ask schoolchildren to think about how it came to be that only the terrorists had weapons while flight crews, pilots, and ordinary citizens did not.
Whole thing here and well worth another look.
And Scott Beiser's.
The Sept. 11 mass-murder could not have occurred had airline crew and passengers been able to exercise their civil right to bear arms, as emphasized in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Or, at the very least.....