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Double standard in school district's policy?

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Sept. 17, 2010 at 4:17 a.m.
Updated Sept. 18, 2010 at 4:18 a.m.


We think the Victoria school district's decision to not let students listen to President Barack Obama's speech without a permission slip from parents was skewed.

Not long ago, Gov. Rick Perry visited Cade Middle School on a campaign stop, and a select number of students were chosen to listen to his speech. No parental permission was required for listening to Perry's speech; the students were filed in and not allowed to ask questions.

The presidential speech's central theme was a message to stay in school, far from a political message, yet a permission form from parents was required to listen to President Obama's speech.

We don't have a problem with permission slips although the burden should be on the parent, not the school district.

In other words, if parentS do not want their child or children listening to a president, then they should have the burden of informing the district, and the school district should not mess with sending permission forms home with the students.

We also think taping a president's speech is a good idea. Students who want to listen, but were in some activity that prevented them from doing so, could listen later in the day.

But what we see seems to be a double standard, and that is plain wrong. We urge the school district to get out of the position it has put itself in. Lastly, no matter what party a president is a member of; he or she should be respected. After all, he is the country's leader, no matter if you agree or disagree with him.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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