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Despite Budget Cuts, PWCPS Can Still Afford Leftist Tributes

By Greg L | 25 April 2008 | Prince William County | 37 Comments

Last year the Prince William County Schools decried the cuts they’d have to make in order to balance their budget and provide a quality education for our children. Yet somehow they still managed to find money in their budget to hold a “Diversity Summit” that was capped off with a tribute to Cesar Chavez. The next time I hear the schools whine about how they don’t have enough money to do their job, it’s going to be impossible to take this seriously while at the same time they join with leftist political organizations like the ADL in and divert resources from the classroom in order to engage in the promotion of leftist political philosophies.

Cesar Chavez is best known for his role as a union organizer for immigrant farm workers, but his political activities are no less significant. Chavez bitterly opposed efforts to make it unlawful for employers to hire illegal aliens, and is partially credited with adding the amnesty provisions passed by Congress in 1986 that encouraged the same flood of illegal aliens we’re struggling with today. Although Chavez was initially a harsh critic of illegal immigration, going even so far as to set up a “wet line” along the Mexican border in 1973 in order to physically prevent Mexican immigrants from entering the United States, he is now seen as the embodiment of the illegal alien lobby. I would imagine that in their efforts to “encourage” students to prepare for and participate in this tribute they bothered to fill them in on how Cesar Chavez engaged in behavior that the Minuteman Project would never contemplate.

Under the guise of “celebrating diversity”, our public schools are spending tax dollars they say they need in the classroom to honor someone who directed physical assaults against Mexican immigrants trying to enter the United States, but who is now been transformed into a hero of the anti-capitalist movement and a darling of illegal alien apologists. If the schools really are having as hard a time closing budget gaps as they say they are, they shouldn’t have extra money with which to engage in propaganda-filled leftist political crusades such as this “Diversity Summit”.

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  1. manassascityresident said on 25 Apr 2008 at 1:00 pm:
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    GL - did you mean “tributes” in your title?

    [Ed note: yes, and thanks for catching the typo in the title!]

  2. starryflights said on 25 Apr 2008 at 1:06 pm:
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    I am disgusted by this. The money should go towards the children.

  3. Rick Bentley said on 25 Apr 2008 at 1:12 pm:
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    I still find it fascinating that they had a “Spanish Day” in my first-graders class at Mullen Elementary, where they had to sit through “Finding Nemo” in Spanish - no subtitles. “It was boring” my 6 year old said. Incredibly asinine, I say. I asked him what the teacher said or did; “she just sat there” he told me - sounds like an initiative from above.

    At this young age, they are being indoctrinated towards bilingualism. I wish I knew who to hold accountable for this.

  4. legal2 said on 25 Apr 2008 at 1:15 pm:
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    Wasn’t it Chavez who had people killed by the hundreds?

  5. ProudVirginiaCitizen said on 25 Apr 2008 at 1:15 pm:
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    Ok, see this is what pisses me off. Why is it that there is a “spanish day”, but if it were english day, or anything having to do with caucasians, it would be racist?

  6. Rick Bentley said on 25 Apr 2008 at 1:23 pm:
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    It seems like an effort to promote inclusion but one that belies common sense - and which encourages American kids to esxpect to have a bilingual world around them.

    You have my kid in school to make him sit and watch a movie in Spanish with no subtitles, to what purpose? You used my tax dollars for what?

  7. Rick Bentley said on 25 Apr 2008 at 1:24 pm:
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    That “wet line” is an interesting fact of history I did not know. Perhaps some of us should promote a “wet line” in manassas, replete with images of Chavez …

  8. starryflights said on 25 Apr 2008 at 1:37 pm:
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    I don’t think that our children should have to sit through films in foreign languages that they do not understand. Even if there were subtitles, I am not sure that most 6 years olds would be able to read fast enough to keep up with them. What a waste of a school day. Children are sent to school to learn.

  9. CW of PWC said on 25 Apr 2008 at 1:48 pm:
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    This is a total waste of money. As the original story states, these crusades are nothing but propaganda-filled leftist political nonsense. My wife is an ex-teacher in Prince William County. I remember when she used to take “County-sponsored” courses that counted toward her teacher recertification. My wife is somebody that would be described as very tolerant. She said that after “diversity” training, she would end up hating the cultures they talked about in the training! Why? Because my wife is very patriotic. She said that the people that came in to speak always trashed Americans, and advocated protest, and always spoke about “class” struggle, strange “spiritual” beliefs of primintive cultures, and socialist ideologies. Many times the teachers were forced to participate in the weird practices of other cultures(rain dances, etc.). Also, I might add that the County employees that are in charge of pushing multiculturalism, are generally very lefist themselves, with a disdain for anything that is traditionally American.

  10. legal2 said on 25 Apr 2008 at 1:51 pm:
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    I sure hope Manassas foregoes that Mexican devil that freaked out the children, in the coming Christmas parade.

  11. Johnson said on 25 Apr 2008 at 1:59 pm:
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    Perhaps we should celebrate divisiveness less and unity more. Obey our laws, become a legal resident and we will reciprocate by being inclusive and helping recent legal immigrants assimilate to their new culture of hard work and the rule of law.

  12. Anonymous said on 25 Apr 2008 at 2:07 pm:
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    Awaiting comments from our “usual” defender of such projects.

  13. Mustang Marine wife said on 25 Apr 2008 at 2:52 pm:
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    Johnson said on 25 Apr 2008 at 1:59 pm:
    “Perhaps we should celebrate divisiveness less and unity more.”

    That should be on a bumper sticker!

  14. Advocator said on 25 Apr 2008 at 2:57 pm:
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    These little diversions on diversity actually serve a very useful purpose. The astute student will ask himself, “If all these cultures are so great, why are all their adherents busting the doors down to get into this country?” The logical explanation is that all those cultures aren’t worth a Japanese nickel compared to the culture that’s developed in this country.

  15. Krutis said on 25 Apr 2008 at 4:03 pm:
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    Advocator - Smugness and self satisfaction becomes you!!

    Cesar Chavez (born in Yuma, Arizona) was a great American who tried to make the treatment of itenerant farmworkers humane. Tried to organize the workers, tried to get some kind of health care and education for the children, tried to give them courage to stand up to the mega farmers and grape growers.

    My kids didn’t eat grapes during the strike against the growers in the 60s. In ‘69 Chavez protested against growers’ use of illegal immigrants as strike breakers. He tried to do what was right. It’s disconcerting to see that his name is being used now for, maybe, not so noble purposes.

    The farm workers are probably the least protected of all workers, whether legal or illegal, being exposed to all kinds of chemicals and without many rights.

    To learn about other countries and cultures is, or SHOULD be, part of everybody’s education. The earlier the start, the better. Maybe the kids won’t be so averse to multi-culture as some parents seem to be.

  16. Advocator said on 25 Apr 2008 at 4:28 pm:
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    Krutis: What becomes you? A speedo?

  17. CONVA said on 25 Apr 2008 at 4:47 pm:
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    I am glad my children are out of school and good strong conservatives. They school their children in private schools and closely monitor their school work to ensure there is no diversity bull crap. There are foreign language course but they are not required to graduate. When they get out of high school they will go to a private college in lieu of a damn public college where the profs are a bunch of socialists.

  18. Bob Wills said on 25 Apr 2008 at 5:30 pm:
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    Walts should have been fired the moment he said he needed to bring people from his school district in order to make things work in PWC. If the School board hired him with the knowlege that he could not do the job of Superintended by hisself without other people being brougut to PWC then they should be removed. There must be a contest of the most incompetent government in PWC between the BOCS and the School Board. The raise that is proposed to Walts in obscean. He and Stewart should enter the contest for the best lier of PWC.

    No Superintendent teaches a child to read or add and subtract or anything else it is the teachers who make the difference. Long after Walts is gone and I doubt he will last that long, the teacher will be here doing the job that needs to be done.

  19. Krutis said on 25 Apr 2008 at 5:48 pm:
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    Advocator - What on earth brought the speedo question on? Isn’t that a swim suit?

    CONVA - You certainly aren’t helping the situation one bit. It’s evident you brought up elitist kids who look down on the hoi-polloi and who, in turn, are bringing up another generation of elitists. It’s a shame they are not getting language studies. And if your private schools don’t believe in educating their students about the other continents, then I’d say they’re failing big time. What’s the famous poem “No man is an island …”

    “When they get out of high school they will go to a private college in lieu of a damn public college…” Do you realize how that sounds? Probably not. What percentage of the population has enough money to do what you and your children are doing? Do you feel lucky? Don’t you think every parent would like to have good schools?

    Public college = U of Virginia, Virginia Tech, William and Mary, etc. etc. Not good enough for your progeny?

  20. Laurie M said on 25 Apr 2008 at 7:16 pm:
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    Bilingual countries are the least stable and free. We should be fighting any effort at bilingualism.

    As far as the school board goes, we *don’t* have to put up with this. The school board is funded by US, the taxpayers. The problem is, the majority of us *don’t* take an active interest in what the board is up to and how they are spending taxpayer’s money.

    Quite frankly, like-minded citizens need to get together and demand a dismantling of this propaganda department. We don’t need a diversity coordinator, etc. We need to focus on the fundamentals and making sure our kids are literate and numerate and have the skills needed to function in an ever increasing tech age.

    We have no one but ourselves to blame if we don’t draw a line and fight the onward march of “progressivism” in our schools. Our kids are paying the price.

  21. Rick Bentley said on 25 Apr 2008 at 7:51 pm:
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    Krutis if you think making kids watch movies in Spanish will really promote multiculturalism and tolerance, you’re as big a fool as whoever’s idea it was in the first place.

    “Now you kids will all watch a movie most of you don’t understand (the words to) because it will make the Spanish-speaking ones feel good about themselves”. Yeah, that’s great.

  22. Che' said on 25 Apr 2008 at 8:30 pm:
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    I’m not sure how we are exposing kids to other cultures by having them watch an American show (Elmo, from Sesame Street) that has been translated into Spanish. Learning about other cultures is good, but not in a useless manner such as this.

    If you want to learn some interesting facts about Mexican culture, there is a good exhibit at the Museum of Natural History now that I recommend. The diversity of Mexico is amazing. I even saw a devil mask on display there from central Mexico.

  23. Krutis said on 25 Apr 2008 at 8:41 pm:
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    Rick - You are so right about that. Watching a movie in a language one doesn’t understand makes no sense at all. Sometimes I happen on a Chinese channel on the TV and I definitely do not get any multi-cultural feeling.

    I don’t know whether the reason they showed a movie in Spanish was to make the Spanish speaking ones feel good about themselves or not. Personally, I don’t think young kids should have movies in school unless it’s something educational where pictures help teachers get ideas through to the students.

    I DO believe in singing songs fr different countries (you probably sang “Frere Jaques” at some time in your early years), learning folk dances and eating ethnic foods.

    Furthermore, I think it’s good for the kids to get away from their routine once in a while and experience something different than the same old, same old.

  24. Anonymous said on 25 Apr 2008 at 10:10 pm:
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    Che’ said on 25 Apr 2008 at 8:30 pm:
    If you want to learn some interesting facts about Mexican culture, there is a good exhibit at the Museum of Natural History now that I recommend. The diversity of Mexico is amazing. I even saw a devil mask on display there from central Mexico.

    Save yourself a trip to DC. You can see that mask at the COM Christmas parade.

  25. Anonymous said on 25 Apr 2008 at 10:14 pm:
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    Krutis said on 25 Apr 2008 at 5:48 pm
    Public college = U of Virginia, Virginia Tech, William and Mary, etc. etc. Not good enough for your progeny?

    Try getting your kids into one of them even with hight gpa’s (unless you are the child of an illegal and get the Washcompost to do a story about your plight.

  26. Emma said on 25 Apr 2008 at 10:16 pm:
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    It is a tragedy that American schoolchildren don’t begin foreign-language training until 7th or 8th grade, for the most part, while many children in China and other countries learn English almost from birth. Money that could be spent teaching our kids Japanese, Chinese, Arabic and other critical languages is diverted to teaching English to the children of our illegal residents. Our kids will grow up at a distinct disadvantage in a global economy. The intelligence community is starved for workers who have the language skills critical to combating terrorism. Yet the mantras of “bilingualism” and “multiculturalism” that gets crammed down our kids throats is narrowly focused on Hispanic culture.

    It’s bad enough that the kids have to contend with the overcrowded classrooms and overtaxed teachers, gang activity and boorish behaviors from the children of our resident illegal immigrants, but it’s outrageous to me that they also have to embrace third-world culture during valuable instructional time. I have great admiration for people who are able to homeschool their children and don’t have to put up with any of this nonsense.

  27. Krutis said on 25 Apr 2008 at 10:25 pm:
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    That’s an untrue and snide remark, Anonymous! What you refer to was ONE occurance and I don’t think the boy actually did get in.

    Furthermore, several of my neighbor youngsters have recently graduated from both UV and VTech. They were good students but not exactly geniuses. Neither were they children of illegals!

  28. Krutis said on 25 Apr 2008 at 10:53 pm:
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    Emma - This part of the country is behind when it comes to language education. When my kids were going to school in the San Francisco Bay area some 30 years ago, they had a choice of Latin, French, Russian, German, Spanish, and Japanese starting in 7th grade.

    As for “embrace third-world culture during valuable instructional time”. They do not have to embrace the culture; they LEARN about it.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if those who are against most everything multi-cultural would also get uptight if Arabic and Farsi were offered in the schools.

    As for Spanish, it is an important language considering how many countries speak it; all of So. and Central America, except Brazil, plus Spain. Learning a language, any language, is not a waste of time. Learning about other cultures, any culture, is broadening and leads to more understanding between people. / Lastly - little kids don’t give a fig about wether their pals are legal or illegal! That is, unless their parents tell them that there’s a difference. Of course, if you homeschool you won’t have to worry about your little John or Jane being contaminated by rubbing elbows with “those people”.

  29. Turn PW Blue said on 26 Apr 2008 at 8:59 am:
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    Oh, come off it Emma! Historically, the US has always been lax in foreign language education. It has nothing to do with diversion of funding for ESOL programs. We weren’t reaching foreign languages in elementary schools before the ESOL explosion and “immigrant invasion” so to claim that ESOL is the reason we don’t is ludicrous. Second, the Ceasr Chavez presentation (which actaully WASN’T a tribute to Cesar Chavez but a multimedia and drama presentation that used the Chavez’s farm worker movement in the 1960s as a backdrop for the main story) was just a small portion of this Diversity Summit which actually pulled together middle and high school students involved in peer counseling throughout the county–a program that has been recognized as a positive influence on those who are peer counselors and the service they provide to their schools. Peer counseling programs have been around for decades and are not some “multicultural” program.

    Out kids are in overcrowded classrooms with overtaxed teachers because our Board of Supervisors, School Board, and Planning Commission have failed in the past to adequately control growth and plan for the additional resources required to support that growth. We’d rather have a “one slice of pizza” tax increase than schools that adequately meet the needs of our students. We are not at a competitive disadvantage because we have federally-mandated ESOL programs. We are at a disadvantage because we have short-sighted leadership.

  30. Anonymous said on 26 Apr 2008 at 11:35 am:
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    Krutis said on 25 Apr 2008 at 10:25 pm:
    That’s an untrue and snide remark, Anonymous! What you refer to was ONE occurance and I don’t think the boy actually did get in.

    Furthermore, several of my neighbor youngsters have recently graduated from both UV and VTech. They were good students but not exactly geniuses. Neither were they children of illegals!

    The is one occurance that you heard about. How many others have their been that you have heard about. I congratulate your neighbors youngsters on graduating from UV and VTech. These are Public schools and should be for citizens of THIS country, NOT ILLEGAL ALIENS (YES THE CHILDREN OF ILLEGALS UNLESS THEY WERE BORN IN THIS COUNTRY ARE ILLEGAL.)

  31. Anonymous said on 26 Apr 2008 at 11:36 am:
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    Anonymous said on 26 Apr 2008 at 11:35 am:
    CORR….. That is one occurrance that you heard about. How many others have there been that you have NOT heard about.

  32. Krutis said on 26 Apr 2008 at 1:32 pm:
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    Anonymous - How could I possibly know how many other there have been, if I’ve not heard about them? Duh?

  33. ateacher said on 26 Apr 2008 at 6:15 pm:
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    I for one am not against learning about other cultures, what I don’t agree with is the packaged “this is the ONE culture you must accept” approach. I’ve spent half of my life living overseas, learning about cultures first hand. When I was three months old I moved to Tiawan(sp?). I lived there until I was 3 and 1/2 years old. My parents gave me over to an awesome aupair who loved me, raised me, and taught me the language of that country. By the age of two years I was fluent in both languages. Then we moved to Berlin. My family lived there for four years. During that time Frau Casper cared for us, my sister and brother were born, and I learned that the local German kids had no desire for us American kids to be living on their turf. At one point, our off base playground was surrounded by armed MPs in an effort to keep us safe. I remember riding on a train thru East Berlin when we were stopped for a paper check. My grandmother’s passport listed a different variation of spelling of her last name than her son’s (my dad). For two hours we sat under gun point. My 18 month old brother had his diaper opened and searched, and my sister and I had to undergo frisking and the decapitation of our dolls. Then I moved on to NYC and PS 108 for two months, then to Biloxi,MS in 1974 during the first year they desegregated the schools. This was my first experience with serious corporal punishment, and more than one of my classmates were tied to chairs. Then to Newport News where the “downtown” kids were bussed uptown. When I asked a friend to spend the night, her mother told my mother that her daughter could not spend the night at any “white bitch’s” house. Then onto Japan where I took Japanese culture and language classes and participated in exchange programs. The point in all this? I am currently in a ed masters program at GMU. According to what I have been told: I as a white woman have privledge, I DO NOT know what it is like to be a minority, I do not know what it is like to have to learn a new culture, and by the mere fact that I am white that makes me a racist, as all white people are racist. I did not have to go to a summit for this. I merely had to take out a loan with Sallie May to be told this.

  34. Dolph said on 26 Apr 2008 at 10:27 pm:
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    I enjoyed reading about the various places you have lived. I was sorry when you had to stop at boring old GMU. I don’t know what it is like to be a minority. My minority experiences have been very short lived. I do think that women, while not a minority, throughout history have had experiences where they were not granted equal rights.

    As for racist….I actually think everyone in the world is somewhat racist. Some folks a lot, some folks just a little.

    It is the human condition. I rarely use the word. It is over worked, over used, and diminishes real racism when it raises its ugly head. It is like the little boy who cried wolf.

  35. Emma said on 27 Apr 2008 at 8:13 am:
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    Oh, Krutis, so predictable and boring. I don’t mind my children “rubbing elbows,” but I do mind that in this area, “multiculturalism” almost always means “hispanic” to the exclusion of everything else. I grew up in a wonderful area with a high school that at least offered Russian and Japanese language. The way languages are taught here, it is the rare student here who graduates with any real fluency, and that is sad. Most of the kids are just punching their ticket to get their foreign language requirement out of the way for college. Here I actually had my kids in a private school for awhile, where the ONLY language option was Spanish, they got a new teacher every year, and the kids never got much past learning the colors and numbers. We weren’t getting much for our money. In many ways, the public education they now get is far better.

    And ateacher, I, too, have spent a good part of my adult life overseas, although my experiences have been far more positive than what you describe. My children have been along on some of these travels. It has helped then to get out of the limited Manassas cultural mindset to remember that there is a much wider world outside of South and Central America, and so much more to learn.

    And Dolph, I agree with you that everyone to an extent probably is somewhat “racist” in the way that you describe. It is only human to want to be among your own kind with people who share your language and your values. No one will ever succeed at engineering that out of our society.

  36. Rick Bentley said on 27 Apr 2008 at 8:40 am:
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    BTW I watch foreign films all the time, and value insight into other cultures. If anyone ever wants to have a serious discussion on Fellini’s body of work, or on Fassbinder’s insight into the sadomasochistic patterns of bahavior embedded in human relationships, I’m your guy.

    But that doesn’t mean I think it’s anything other than asinine - totally backwards thinking - to force little kids to watch movies in a language they don’t speak. This incredibly stupid act MADE SENSE to someone in some position of authority.

  37. BattleCat said on 28 Apr 2008 at 2:42 pm:
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    I wish I had been exposed more heavily to a second language when I was younger. Now as I travel for work, I’m amazed at the number of Europeans that speak English, and my pitiful knowledge of German, Italian, French, Swedish, etc. What I take issue with is the forcing of Spanish as the second language of choice. I deal with science, technology, innovation, and apart from English, those subjects (that I feel this country is losing ground in by the second) aren’t to be found in Spanish, it’s in Northern European and some Asian languages. I have, mind you, been approached by folks in a Sierra Vista, AZ Wal-Mart parking lot and asked to buy some tamales…now THAT was in Spanish.

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