Re: Anthem ban 'political correctness run wild': Conservative MPFeb 4th, 2009
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It's very simple grasshopper. The learn to understand these things (a province that they could and would care about) through education however these things (a province that they could and would care about) are not created by education. They (a province that they could and would care about) are created by actually building or developing it, not by singing songs or by brainwashing kids.
Days after a school superintendent ordered the national anthem back into Belleisle Elementary, a member of the local parents committee in the southern New Brunswick town is criticizing the decision for damaging the school's welcoming atmosphere.Quote has been trimmed
Kelly Cooper, the vice-chair of the Parent School Support Committee at Belleisle Elementary, said the anthem controversy that erupted last week subjected the school and its principal to unfair hostility and created an "us-against-them" mentality in the community.
"We all have our reasons to sing or not sing the anthem. But for me this is about how do we treat the people who are different in our community," Cooper said.
"How do we treat the people who disagree with us? Do we respect them, listen to their point of view, or does the majority say, 'We're the majority, too bad for you and we've got rights.' That doesn't make me feel very comfortable."
Principal Erik Millett's decision in September 2007 to scale back the playing of the national anthem to school assemblies opened a national debate last week on when O Canada should be sung in the classroom.
Millett said he made the decision because some students had to leave the classroom each morning while O Canada played and were feeling excluded. Several New Brunswick Conservative MPs attacked the decision and two called Millett's actions "political correctness run wild" in the House of Commons.
ZoŽ Watson, the District 6 superintendent, stepped in on Saturday and ordered that the anthem be reinstated at the school. A parent who led the charge to bring the anthem back said this week she will continue the fight until the daily ritual is put into law.
Cooper said the welcoming environment at Belleisle Elementary has been damaged because of the anthem debate.
She said she would rather her two daughters miss out on the daily singing of O Canada than have other students feel excluded for a length of time each day.
Debate altered school's atmosphere
The Belleisle Creek mother said the divisions created by the debate have altered the close-knit atmosphere in the rural school.
"Two weeks ago that's what we had, a school where parents felt like a community. It was a warm place," she said. "Now we have division, but we have the anthem every day. And I hope the people who wanted the anthem every day feel that it's worth it."
Earlier this week, Millett said in an interview that he didn't think the issue would become as big as it did.
"I think we need some clarity on what is an acceptable accommodation for students in this situation," Millett said.
"Me changing that decision here isn't going to change that for administrators around the province or for students around the province Ö who for whatever reason they are not allowed to partake in the anthem."
No disciplinary action against principal
The district superintendent, said there are no disciplinary measures being taken against Millett as a result of the anthem controversy.
"Mr. Millett was very strong in his decision and I did speak to him several times last week and attempt to have him reconsider the decision. Then on Saturday I felt it was time for me to act on behalf of the school district," Watson said.
When asked whether Millett agreed with the decision, Watson said "he will move forward and comply with my decision for sure."
N.B. anthem dispute opened divisions in community: parent
N.B. anthem dispute opened divisions in community: parent
^ Ok, which is it that's the big issue here? Is it the playing of the anthem or is it forcing students to sing the anthem?
Playing it I agree with, but I see no right anybody has to force someone to sing..... that if it is the case, is going over the line.
Then they shouldn't have made an issue out of it in the first place.
Suck it up princess.
So which is it?
Is the issue about playing the anthem and standing, or is the issue about having to sing during the athem?
I was never forced to sing the anthem except in cub scouts..... in school nobody had to sing it.... you just stood and then sat down.
If they are being forced or excluded based on if they sing or not, then that's not acceptable..... some people don't feel comfortible singing anything for many reasons, anthem or not..... I don't have a problem forcing kids to stand at attention while it plays.... but making them sing is over the top if you ask me.
How is singing the national anthem "not inclusive"? How does singing a national anthem detract from multiculturalism? It doesn't. It's a way of paying respect to the country we all live in and owe a lot to. The only cultural component to this is the cultural ritual of singing an anthem but since all countries (as far as I know) have national anthems and all kids in this school live in Canada there should be no issue even for the most diehard proponent of multiculturalism (which many have argued Canada stands for anyway).
How can a country stand for nothing?
Multiculturalism is cultural suicide.
Oh, please. Does anyone really care? If Canada were more overtly religious I might make a bigger deal about that, but I'm not at all bothered by "God keep our land"...it's more of a fancy way of saying "May our land stay [glorious and free]" than anything else. Perfectly harmless...a figure of speech. The part of the charter (I think it's the charter) that says "whereas Canada recognizes the supremacy of God" is a bit more problematic because of how it could (though will probably never) be interpreted and used with legal force.