I agree with many of the points Prager makes in “New High School Principal: A Speech every American High School Principal should Give.” It is absolutely time for a change to return back to the values and foundation our nation was built upon. It seems as though they have been gradually lost over the years. This is especially seen in the school system of America. In my opinion, the most shocking part of the article is when Prager states, “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.” When United States citizens do not know the words, by heart, to honor their country, we know there is a serious problem.
The main problem began when our country began to incorporate every other culture into our own culture. I agree with Prager’s idea that, “Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties.” If the Gay Club wants to meet, that’s fine; however, the school should not have to be responsible for supporting it. School clubs should be based on education and the expansion of knowledge that leads to advancement in classes. Nowadays, school clubs have turned into nothing more than a social get-together. “I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine…
No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue.” Who doesn’t know that smoking causes cancer and other potentially life threatening diseases? Who doesn’t know that abstinence is the only real way to prevent pregnancy? This is knowledge that every high school and middle school student already knows. Time that could be put towards mathematics, science, and arts is wasted on this information because parents have failed to teach their children personal responsibility so it is now the obligation of the teachers.
Before the ideas in this article can be implemented upon the school system, they must first be carried out upon society. It is essential that our country return back to the ways our forefathers intended it to be. This is one based on the virtues of honesty, integrity, responsibility, and accountability. Until someone can take a stand and actually deliver this speech to every single school across America, I unfortunately do not see any change in the future.