Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mr. Obama, tear down this wall!

(image credit: staff photo by E. Skylar Litherland)

"OSPREY [Fla.] - Stephany Fournier, an 11th-grader at Pine View School, did not want to punish her fellow classmates, but it had to be done. They defied the law.

'"I'm normally a nice person, but I have to be really firm with these people," Stephany said. "They must come in, sit down and write this line on paper, front and back.'

"The line: 'I will serve the glorious East German state American Government better."' Mmm-mmm-mmm.'

"The students copied it repeatedly after watching a propaganda film depicting the evils of Western culture."


Okay, so I inserted a little snark into the quote -- but how tempting a parallel is this school exercise with where our country is trending!

The comparisons are too delicious to ignore:

"Students, with the help of a local landscaping company, erected a nearly 100-foot paper replica of the Berlin wall, complete with graffiti. It stood across the middle of the campus to mimic the concrete wall that separated communist East Germany from capitalist West Germany from 1961 to the end of 1989. ...

"Propaganda posters with phrases like 'technology is unnecessary and degrades intelligence' ...
[BOW before your Climate Change Overlords! Back to the cave! *whipcrack!*]
lined the hallways, and gazebos and other recreation areas were marked as 'unnecessary installations.'"
... [Whaddya mean, 'what's recess?', you smart-mouth first-grader! Back to the books! *kerr-ACK!*]

"As an East German general, Stephany gathered intelligence from other officers and handed out punishment to enemies of the state.

"She looked the part, wearing a black business suit and black stockings, heels and dark eyeliner. Hundreds of other students wore military jackets -- and sometimes complete uniforms -- with red arm bands signifying their communist allegiance.

"'I looked up "communist women's fashions of the day" online,' Stephany said. 'The women all had pale faces and red lipstick. You had to look cold and imposing.'"

[Ya mean like this?]

"'Although we really can't show them exactly what it was like, we want to show that the east was more strict,' said student Marine Robbins, who commanded a checkpoint. 'We've had quite a few people that have been belligerent and just don't agree at all with the simulation.' [Cue the mainstream media: "Ignorant tea-baggers!"]

"Marine said some students protested the project, including setting up Facebook pages to rally the opposition.

"But Marine said the protests actually simulated similar efforts during the real German struggle and made the entire exercise more authentic.'

[Gee ... ya think?]


There's hope for today's edumication yet!

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