Saturday, April 08, 2006

School principal Myla Shepherd, hit alongside the head with a 2 x 4, decides Colorado is part of the USA after all
Colorado school drops ban on flags

DENVER -- Students at Shaw Heights Middle School wore Old Glory on their T-shirts without fear of reprisal yesterday after their principal bowed to community pressure to drop the school's flag ban.

Myla Shepherd canceled the ban late Thursday night after an outcry from parents, students and state leaders, including Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, who said the school rule violated state law...

Ms. Shepherd said she changed the dress code March 31 after nationwide immigration rallies led to "some unrest and increased tensions among students." Some students taunted each other with U.S. and Mexican flags, while several dozen students wore camouflage one day in support of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Another Colorado school, Skyline High School in Longmont, enacted a ban on flag displays after some students threw U.S. and Mexican flags in each other's faces. Skyline also lifted the prohibition yesterday.

The about-face came shortly after Mr. Suthers sent letters to the schools Thursday along with copies of the state statute, which states that the right to display the U.S. flag "shall not be infringed with respect to the display: (a) On an individual's person; (b) Anywhere on an individual's personal or real property."...

As astonishingly stupid and clueless as Shepherd is as a school administrator, she is not atypical (see here, here, and here).

US educator and writer Laurence J. Peter wrote a book called The Peter Principle. When once asked to state the underlying message of his book he said, “Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.”

And while Peter’s book was written as an analysis of the corporate America that existed over two decades ago (before globalization dictated the new corporate mantra: be nimble or die), it describes precisely today’s status quo in our union-controlled public education system.

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