¡ay, Dios mí­o!

¡Hay unos locos en Wisconsin!*

Holy crap: Pledge of Allegiance. Public school. Spanish class. One day a year. “Freedom isn’t free.” Call centers with non-native speakers. “Nationalist oath.”*

Now go read this: http://www.progressive.org/mag_wx042908

Yeah. You read it correctly. Playing the “ultimate sacrifice” card in conjunction with your overdue Chase MasterCard payment or getting that cute top from Land’s End in one size dumber and a vocabulary exercise for a high school class that happens once a year.

Sarah’s observed before that apparently some people are out looking for reasons to get offended. Life must be pretty sweet in Edgerton, WI if a Spanish class exercise once a year is big enough news to cause a ruckus. I am intrigued to see how they tie it into the gas prices next.

Kudos to the school system for standing their ground.

3 thoughts on “¡ay, Dios mí­o!”

  1. Mom

    My gosh, I’ve taught the pledge in Spanish too. The kids were so proud to have memorized it and say it to the class (or privately if they really had the jitters)! I can’t imagine that there would be an objection, but then I read a few blogs with long lists of commentary. Many of the writers seemed to be very ignorant and completely missed the point that it was a vocabulary and speaking exercise, which of course, praised the country.
    I was saving it for an end of the year fun activity. Now I have to wonder what nutcases will complain…
    I agree, Sarah, that sometimes people look for ways to be offended. I always feel like hollering, “Big picture, people! Let’s look at the big picture…!”

  2. Carrie Jo

    “Based on the comments I have heard from the dozens of telephone calls I have had, I am convinced had the pledge been said in Norwegian we would not even be talking about this issue tonight.”

    For real. What a waste of time, energy, and a drain on positivity.

  3. tqe / Adam

    I find it fascinating how many people are unable to distinguish between the ideas set forth in the Constitution and the language in which it is written.

    I have discussions with close relatives who believe that every American needs to know English, while I personally don’t care–to me its more important that immigrants understand that America is about and that, in fact, there are areas where knowing Spanish is more useful and important if one is going to be a productive citizen.

    Personally, I think saying the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish honors the veterans–showing that America really is the land of the free and that we can celebrate everybody.

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