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Inauguration should not have been shown | Letters | Jan. 23

Bainbridge School Supt. Chapel authorized two schools (BIHS and Woodward) to alter normal class study to allow real-time watching of Inauguration Day events. Citing this as a “historic moment,” Ms. Chapel in denying my challenge of this illegal use of student time and public-school resources also denies all parents the right to hold their children out of school to fully observe the “historic event.” Instead, she has adopted school indoctrination.

The inconvenient fact is BISD students were not subject to a stand-down on classes for the President Bush’s inaugurations in 2000 and 2004. Sadly what happened in BISD classes were some teachers told untrue horror stories about what to expect with President Bush. Then Supt. Crawford received numerous parental complaints about this inaugural treatment of their students.

Holding a political youth rally during official class time on school property is a hegemonic action by the Democrat majority. Supt. Crawford opined at the BIHS 2006 graduation that his goal was to “produce the next generation of liberals.”

BISD’s late found and selective interest in U.S. civics is highly suspect. The teaching of the wonders our democracy is a 7-24-365 endeavor and not just a romp at a political youth rally during class. Yes, our youth should be aware but co-option of youth is dangerous. The Third Reich masterfully understood the tremendous power of cult with their Hitler Youth Corp and mesmerizing political youth rallies.

BISD must abstain from feel-good agitprop and instead allow parents to shepherd their children through the political waters. BISD must adhere to a level playing field and one set of rules for all. BISD must remember to refrain from again interjecting its political and ideological agenda on students in their charge. Caveat emptor.

James M. Olsen

Soundview Drive

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