It was a great time, overall. The kids were excited about it being the last day of school, and most of them were given an academic or other kind of award. The teachers were obviously very emotional and cared about the kids quite a bit. It was a very nice ceremony, pretty typical of a 5th-grade graduation until the end.
The kids were to sing a song to end the ceremony. They had obviously been practicing, because they all knew the words, more or less.
I was pretty surprised when the teachers started up the song "Proud To Be An American" ("God Bless the USA") for this final graduation gesture. Some of the parents suddenly got very excited and began singing along themselves, some standing up. Many of the kids seemed happy singing it, as well.
But, I gotta say- this was a 5th-grade graduation. What does being an American, or having pride in being an American, for that matter, have to do with the education of 12-year-olds or their pride in achievement?
Why is it that some people, the second they encounter a point of celebration, immediately turn to patriotism and pride in their country? It seems to me that this was a time for the children (and the children's parents) to be proud of THEMSELVES, not of their national origin. I don't have a problem at all with patriotic songs where they're appropriate- the 4th of July or other times where we're celebrating our country's history. I can even handle it at sports events, although that placement seems weird. I'm a patriotic American.
But a 5th-grade graduation? Come on. It was tacky as hell and showed a total lack of creativity. It was also forced and misplaced sentimentality. To all of the freepers out there, you need to learn something: There is a TIME and a PLACE for patriotism. It is not a fallback sentiment for when you don't know how to feel about things. Pride in one's country is great, but show it when it's appropriate. Not everything is, and certainly most things are not, related to national pride.
Those 5th-graders could have sung any of one of hundreds of songs. They could have even sung something silly, and it would have been appropriate. But, sadly, they had to sing a song about Americans dying for freedom. For their graduation to middle school.
So I was disappointed. Sorry, but I felt the need to post on this. (BullGooseLoony)
DUers Chime In:
--Rampant nationalism. When the nation is bereft of leaders, the mobs form.
-- I am so sorry .....for the kids. It shows a complete lack of creativity or even consulting with the students. Who chose it -- the administration, or the kids? If the kids chose it, they have been indoctrinated -- for the time being.
--I agree with you - those "Power of Pride" bumper stickers creep me out.
--Damn you!! Now you got me humming that damn song!!
--Oh our kids sang some dumb Whitney Houston song at their graduation today. If they had sang Proud To Be an American, I might have lost it completely.
--I did think it was a poor choice and evidence of a national trend. Further, there is something wrong with patriotism at inappropriate times. Awhile back I read a post by somebody where someone started playing the Star-Spangled Banner at a pool party, of all places. Everyone stopped and stood up, took off their hats out of respect. Uhhh...why?
--5th graders should not have to sing claptrap like that at their little graduation ceremony.
--A couple of years ago my brother created his own version of "Proud to be an American." He called it "Proud to be a freeper" with such lines as "Want to see a dumbass..Take a look at me." That's what I think of when I hear that stupid song.
--What is this, the "Sean Hannity Middle School"? If so, then it's normal to substitute patriotism for actual thinking. It's too bad that behavior has to be indoctrinated into 12 year olds.
When I read this, I couldn't believe the sour hatred of their anti-Americanism. No wonder there were no memorials up at DU on D-Day or for Memorial Day... (I remember when, as a grade-schooler, we began every day with the Pledge Of Allegiance and the Star-Spangled Banner.) That these folks are raising their kids in such a poisonous atmosphere is truly frightening.
They hate Lee Greenwood's song and all shows of patriotism. Even on the 4th Of July, the few tributes offered at DU are always bracketed by far worse sentiments 'because of George W. Bush'. Bush Derangement Syndrome has once again co-opted any decency at DU. What a metaphor for the entire Democrat party!