Saturday, December 19, 2009

Third Graders Sing Obama's Name at Christmas Program


Yesterday, I attended my nine-year-old daughter's Christmas program at her elementary school. It's been a tradition since my oldest son attended the same school many years ago. After yesterday's production, I'm not sure if I'll want to go until 2012.

I was always proud of the fact that the elementary school my kids have gone to and continue to attend wasn't one of those PC schools. In years past, the students sang "Away in a Manger" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem" in celebration of the Christmas season in between strains of "Frosty the Snowman" and other fun Christmas songs. While hearing reports from other schools that no religious carols were sung, our tiny, rural elementary school defied that mindset...until yesterday.

Gone were the traditional songs of seasons past. This year, Christmas was all about peace, love, the Grinch, Peanuts, and the Chipmunks. One song performed by the fourth grade (my daughter's in third) was titled "An Adult Wish List." Many of the teachers at the school joined the kids in singing this song that, from the teachers' part, referenced how they grew up but they still have a wish list for Santa. The kids' part? Singing about how they wish for lives that weren't broken and no wars. While wanting peace in the world is a noble idea, I'm sure that if you asked them what they wanted for Christmas, the students wouldn't respond "Global peace."

Uneasy with that selection, I waited for the nausea to pass while my daughter's third grade class took the stage. They sang festive songs while my daughter kept waving frantically at us from the stage. This was HER moment, and no one was going to make her sing if she didn't wish to do so. What a diva!

The last song performed by the third grade was "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." After the children sang, the audience was invited to sing along for one more go-round of the traditional Christmas song. While we sang "...you would even say it glows", the kids replied (of course) "Like a lightbulb!!!" It was fun until we reached the end of the song.

As the audience sang "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer....you'll go down in history!", the reply from the kids stunned the entire venue. Their reply to that last line? "LIKE BARACK OBAMA!" I damned near had a stroke. And the anger and resentment over that has stayed with me since.

Since my daughter's class was done and I had to get ready for work anyway, I stood up and left without watching the other classes. I felt awful in doing so, but I didn't want to hear any more PC drivel.

As luck would have it, a group of teachers from that school had their Christmas get together at the bar where I work last night. All of them know me, and they know that I'm not a psycho parent who complains about the least little details. I approached one of the teachers and expressed my disappointment over the program. My point was that I didn't care what political ideology the music teacher subscribed to, but I felt that the kids shouldn't be indoctrinated. I also made the point that ANY historical figure could have been used in the Rudolph song. Michaelangelo....George Washington....Martin Luther King..... History's chock full of great people. PICK ONE! Why BHO? He'll go down in history, all right....as the president who did the most damage to this country in less than a year.

Later in the night, I was talking to someone who works at the school in another capacity. When I related the story to them, they expressed surprise that the music teacher used BHO anyway after a parent allegedly found out beforehand about the indoctrination and called the music teacher to ream her a new one. So now we not only have indoctrination, but we have it in defiance of what parents may feel.

I'm going to watch the rest of the Christmas program on television as our local cable company carries the district's channel. I'm curious to see what other crap was done after I left and before I fire off my letter to the superintendent.

I'll probably watch with a bucket close by.

14 comments:

Bungalow Bill said...

I would have left too. I would have made a huge scene and walked out. Even Obama says contrary to popular belief he wasn't born in a manger. Keep him out of the kid's Christmas shows.

blackandgoldfan said...

BB: While I considered yelling Dutch's name on my way out, I didn't want to ruin things for the kids. They really take pride in their performances, and I didn't want them to remember this one as the one where that crazy lady got arrested. :-)

Rest assured, though, that my opinion is going to be heard LOUD AND CLEAR. District administration will know my name and face before it's all over.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Fan they're everywhere. This music teacher has to be asked one question from you face to face. "How would she feel if her daughter was up there singing and used the name George Bush?" She would feel exactly the same way you do. Someone had just tried to indoctrinate her child ...

blackandgoldfan said...

Odie: Great question. I'm surprised that this woman loves Barack being that she's in her 60's. That age group usually leans right.

Don't fret, pal. I am NOT going to go
gently into that good night!

Snarky Basterd said...

Pull that child out of that school. I know ... easier said than done. I feel for you, B&G. Make that principal hate the very sound of your voice.

blackandgoldfan said...

The whole district administration is going to know me before it's all over, SB. If I had faith that I could provide for their needs with the autism, I'd homeschool.

Amusing Bunni said...

Oh Dear, that must have been a nightmare for you B & G! I don't know how you stood it. I would have left too. At least you can watch the rest of it on TV, so you know what to complain about for your letters!

Don't have any projectiles, you might throw at the TV! I hope you're not too snowed under out there.

j summ said...

file this one away for future reference, after chewing that ass.
he will be historic, worst president ever. remind the political commissar of her little Christmas program/statement on 1/21/2013. maybe get a copy and send it to hannity or beck and give her some publicity, fame's bright light might not favor her.

Eric Dondero said...

Denise, I hate to say this, but I think you were far, far, far too mild in your reaction. You should have stormed into the principal's office the next day with your husband, and reamed the living shit out of him. Then called your state legislator. You congresman. Every member of the school board. Then gone to the local paper. Organized a phone tree of angry parents.

I know time is of the essence, but if we can't stop these PC idiots in rural Pennsylvania, where can we stop them?

blackandgoldfan said...

jsumm: I already plan on going to the local paper. It's not gonna be pretty!

blackandgoldfan said...

BOF: We got about a foot of global warming. Finally stopped this morning.

I am anxious to watch the rest of the program to see what other PC bullsh** went on.

Thou shalt not indoctrinate my kids!

blackandgoldfan said...

Eric: Tomorrow is the first day back since the program. I've already slated phone calls for then.

Hell hath no fury like a B & G Fan who has had her kids messed with!

The Conservative Lady said...

B&G:
I would have left, too, without a fuss, and for the same reasons you stated. The teacher needs to be reprimanded and warned to keep her politics to herself.

blackandgoldfan said...

TCL: I really didn't want to ruin the kids' program. That coupled with the fact that it was being taped to run on the local cable channel...

I surely plan on meeting with the principal to start. No resolution? I go up the chain.