Time for schools to get back to basics
June 20, 2012 at 1:20 a.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
The new schools failed the STAAR Test. What we probably need is to pass a bond issue for another $60 million and build better new schools. Or maybe, just maybe, it's time to get back to basics. The first English Bible printed in the United States was done by the United States Congress for the public schools. It is not illegal to have a Bible course in the public schools. Other places have Bible courses; why not have them in Victoria? The Ten Commandments used to hang in all the public schools. It is not illegal to have a poster of the Ten Commandments. Any club can hang it up and put their name on it along with their poster to rope the cowboys or beat the elves. Why not do it?
Then there is prayer in school. When test time comes, they are all praying. In former times, there was prayer before the Pledge of Allegiance. Nothing in the Constitution prohibits any public school student from voluntarily praying at any time before, during, or after the school day, and students may pray with fellow students during the school day on the same terms and conditions that they engage in other conversation or speech. Students can lead a prayer before the Pledge of Allegiance just as before. We have tried pumping thousands of dollars into the public schools. In this decisive hour in the history of our nation, when our freedom of religion is under attack, we need to have the courage to make our voice heard and defend our freedom. For the sake of our children, our grandchildren and all who come after us, that this great land will always be "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Laszlo Nemes, Victoria