• Public Schools: What’s The Answer?

    As you know, I spent years in public education, and yes, I was one of those “hard,” “mean” teachers, but I was also totally dedicated to turning out the best possible young people, young people who understood what this country is about and how it works, so to speak.

    Although I have shortened this speech quite a bit, you will get the point. I’d love to know what you think. It is obviously not a speech given to high school students, but rather a speech that a commentator promoted as one that should be given.

     “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 America have worked against you, against your teachers, and against our country.

    “First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less about your racial makeup or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower 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 American. This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans.

    “Second, I am uninterested in whether 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.

    “We will learn other languages here — it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English –but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.

    “Third, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school’s property. If you can’t speak without using the f-word, you can’t speak.

    “And last, I am reorienting the school toward academics 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.

    “We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately lucky — to be alive and to be an American.

    “Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.”


    The bottom line here is that Parents…..you are in the driver’s seat. You always have been. You can stomp you feet and carry on about how your child should “have fun” during his school days, or you can stomp your feet and insist that your school system provide the education that will once again cause American students to move to the top of the world’s scale…with the understanding that learning is very, very hard work. Few school systems are tough enough to fight the battle without you or in spite of you…no matter what they say.

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    11 Responses to Public Schools: What’s The Answer?

    1. Dennis Marken says:

      Oh Fredda, that is what I like about you. No fear to jump on the a hot subject. I do believe we need to teach different languages, not just Spanish. I agree all the way on pushing academics. In fact other than the languages we pretty much see eye to eye.

      I feel in order for the Public School system to accomplish what you want we need some serious changes. First let us consolidate. Instead of having a small school in every town we need one large school in a central area. Next we need to push for those in admin. to have a P.H.D or Masters in something. Not PE majors running the school. Third the obsession with sports needs to be down played. Academics first, then sports as a side line. Way too much money is wasted on sports. Just look at the salaries and number of coaches per school. Forth the school needs to offer a verity of sports; volleyball, soccer, rugby etc. instead of spending tons of money on football. Take care.

      • Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

        Whoa!!!! Either you are misreading or I miswrote (Is that a word?). I’m all about Americans learning as many languages as possible. However, I’m also about Americans deciding to be Americans with no apology for it.

        By the grace of God we are living in the most wonderful country in the world, and even with all of our faults, we still do a lot of good in this world. There is NOTHING wrong with teaching our students the truth, flaws and all, but there is a lot of wrong in wasting class time on anything that fails to help make our American kiddos the brightest, best, AMERICANS that they can possibly be.

    2. Kerry Dudley says:

      Press one if you don’t need a language other than English to hear this menu. If not, too bad. Go home.

    3. Sam Vineyard says:

      The ONLY way to make our schools better is to keep the politicans out. Each school district should set what is taught in their school and the school board should make sure the best education is taught in our schools. Austin and Washington should not have any say so in what is taught or how it is taught.

    4. Connie says:

      I love your speech, Fredda.

      I’m with the poster that says we spend too much on sports. I love that sports are in our schools and I believe students learn alot about themselves, teamwork, perserverence, and gain better social skills. I just think there is an excessive amount of revenue spent on a subject that does not affect a students intellect. Here’s one indicator: we use a coach to teach History or some other subject. Why? To offset the cost of the coach. We would never use a History teacher as a coach. We want the best coach, but not the best history teacher? Again, I love sports, but I think it has lost it’s balance in the importance of the different subjects taught.

      I’m with you about global warming, sexual issues, politics, etc. Many say we should get religion out of schools. While I don’t condone teaching any religion, I don’t think kids should have to hide their beliefs. However, I am fine with removing all religion from school if we can also remove idealogy, politics, environmentalism and anything else the left uses to promote their agenda.

      Kids are losing their knowledge about how we came together as a country and what America really stands for. Our small town schools are way ahead of the urban schools in keeping our children connected with the past and Comanche is an example of this. Thanks for all you do!

      I give your speech an A+!


      • Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

        Just saw a study that claims that only 26% (I still can’t really believe this.) of Americans know who the first President of the US was. How can they understand how the country works, how they have to participate for it to work, how they have to monitor elected officials, where the money comes from……and the list goes on and on…if they don’t even know how we started? It actually scares the heck out of me!

    5. Missy Jones says:

      I started school at Gustine, and attended that school for 10 years. In our lower classes, we always had a picture of George Washington on the wall. Now, we were taught that he was the first president of the United States, and was called the father of our country.

      Also, we learned about Valley Forge and the American Revolution. Today, I volunteer at the Comanche Historical Museum, and we do have a school room, set up to resemble old school rooms. With the picture of George Washington on the wall, a ‘window shade’ world map, that always hung over the blackboard. We have tours of school students, and I try to point to the picture of George W. and ask them if they know who he was, and what he stood for. I am sorry to say that most students do not. Some do, and are happy that they can tell me what they have studied. I think there is a concerted effort underfoot to ensure our students that they DO NOT learn of the sacrifices that have been made for this country, and of the strong and heroic men and women that have made us free, and are still fighting for the same reasons. God help the United States.

    6. Missy Jones says:

      Miss Nellie Jones, a beloved aunt to my husband’s family, was an early day teacher. No, she didn’t have a college education and taught at small schools in Comanche County. I think she made an impact.

      She told me once: “You give me some kids, some books, and a shade tree, and I can teach those kids.”

    7. Missy Jones says:

      In Comanche High School, I was studying chemistry. I loved it and was making good grades. Unfortunately, our teacher was also a coach, and on the days that the boys couldn’t get him started talking about “The Game”, then they could get him started talking about WW II. I didn’t attend college, and so didn’t use my chemistry, but I always felt that I was cheated, and wondered how the students made out in college chemistry with out the back ground of the high school class. I hated that man!!!

    8. Sue Darwin says:

      I hope that small towns never do get together with other small towns to create big schools. I started at Proctor in a class of 5 kids. Grades 1 through 3 were in one room and 4 and 5 in another room. We had wonderful teachers. In 6th grade, went to Comanche where there were 3 different rooms to hold the 6th grade, which was probably about 90 kids. In 11th grade, my family moved to Abilene and I went to Cooper High School. I graduated with about 500 kids. WAY TOO MANY! Big towns should have more high schools with fewer students in each. To this day, the people that I started school with in Proctor often speak of how lucky that we were to go to that tiny school. Kids just get lost in the crowd at those big schools.

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