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    I would love this to happen would you.

    Would you accept a head teacher like this for your kids.
    "Dennis Prager, Principal at a High School in Toronto, on the first day of classes in 2012

    To: The students and faculty of our High School.

    I am your new Principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people. I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming

    to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in Canada have worked against you, against your teachers, against your parents, and against our country.

    First, this school will no longer honour race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow, or white. I could not care less if your

    origins are African, Latin American, Asian, or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower, leaky SE Asian refugee ships, or on slave ships.

    The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity -- your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only

    national identity this school will care about is Canadian. This is a Canadian public school, and Canadian public schools were created to make better Canadians.

    If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial, religious identity through your school, you will have to go to another one. We will end all ethnicity - race - and non-Canadian-nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of Canada . Everyone is equal, coast to coast, and this school will be guided by Canadian values.

    That includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes gender, race, language, religion,

    sexual orientation, or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness. Your clubs will be based on interests and passions not blood,

    ethnic, tribal, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism - an unhealthy preoccupation with the self -- while the purpose of education

    is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, sport, debating, astronomy, languages you

    do not already speak, math, carpentry, and many many more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in, are those based on ethnic

    or racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you and that means you don't belong in this school.

    Second, I am not interested in whether or not English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united Canadian citizens for more than 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the

    indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. If you leave this school without excellent English-language skills,

    your teachers and I will have been remiss in our duty to ensure that you are prepared to compete successfully in the Canadian employment market. You will learn

    other languages here -- it is deplorable that most Canadians only speak English. But if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English,

    this is not the school for you.

    Third, because I regard learning as a sacred Endeavour, everything in this school will reflect learning's elevated status. This means, among other things, that you

    and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for a meal at a nice restaurant than they do for church or school.

    Those people have their priorities backwards. Therefore, there will be a formal

    Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.

    Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school's property -- whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can't speak without

    using the "F-word," you can't speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission plus epithets such as the "N- word," even when used by one black student to address another, or "bitch," even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this

    school, you will be among the few of your age to distinguish instinctively between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene, the educated and the


    Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programmers. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way -- the way people attain it will be by earning it from their

    fellow students and teachers. One immediate consequence of this is that there will be only one class valedictorian, not eight.

    Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school programmed toward academics, scholarship, and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to

    scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom-wearing and

    teaching you to regard sexual relations as only, or primarily, a health issue. There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are

    not white, or not male, or not heterosexual, or not Christian. We will have failed, if any one of you graduates from this school does not consider himself or herself inordinately lucky -- lucky to be alive, lucky to be well educated, and lucky to be a Canadian.

    Now, please stand and join me in singing, OH CANADA to the only flag in Canada . As many of you may not know the words, your teachers will gladly hand them

    out to you."

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    Remids me a bit of the Australian Prime Minister!!!

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    That started out sounding a bit like the French education system that I went through with the refusal to recognise religious or ethnic differences (that said, French schools don't really tend to do extra-curricular activities and clubs, they don't think that's part of their remit), but then he just turns into a rightwing nationalist zealot. Also, he missed out the fact that French is the native language of millions of Canadians, it's not some weird affectation. Then the standard stuff about telling kids not to swear and to pull their trousers up is just pointless. So no, not a fan of this guy.

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    If only everyone thought the same it would be a much better world

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    That rather depends on whether you think that everyone in the entire world should be an English-speaking Canadian.

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    that works for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pine Marten View Post
    he missed out the fact that French is the native language of millions of Canadians,
    Not in Toronto it isnt

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    True, but he's basing his approach on a national argument, and it's a country with at least two official languages, one of which he's not recognising. That said, I don't know anything about the Canadian school system so I'm not well placed to comment. From what I know of friends of mine, they're all supposed to learn French, but it seems a bit tokenistic, unlike for instance in Switzerland where they have four official languages and everyone seems to be able to get by decently in at least two, plus English quite often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pine Marten View Post
    That rather depends on whether you think that everyone in the entire world should be an English-speaking Canadian.
    Shouldnt they be in CANADA??

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