There is no question that public colleges and universities are progressive breeding grounds. Free speech zones, limitations on who and how groups may assemble, anti-religious sentiment and all sorts of politically-correct crap. Now, that same failing ideology is seeping into your kids’ schools.
A San Francisco middle-school principle decided that the results of a student body election may not be valid because the winning candidates weren’t diverse enough.
When Everett held its election three days later, its principal promptly refused to release the results, saying she was concerned that the winners were not diverse enough. While she would ultimately relent and release the results, her decision spurred anger among parents and kids who felt that the principal was putting diversity ahead of democracy. Critics compared her to a dictator who scraps elections when results don’t go her way…“The whole school voted for those people, so it is not like people rigged the game,” seventh-grader Sebastian Kaplan told KRON 4, who had run for class representative yet had no clue a week later if he won. “But in a way, now it is kinda being rigged.” … The controversy began as soon as the Oct. 9 election results rolled in. Everett’s 36-year-old principal, Lena Van Haren, was disturbed by the lack of diversity among the winners, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The school sits in San Francisco’s Mission District, a historically diverse neighborhood that has recently struggled with both gentrification and gang violence. Everett is as much a melting pot as the community, with 80 percent of its population comprised of students of color. Only 20 percent of students are white, Van Haren told KTVU.
The students spent their free time campaigning and some of their money on posters, fliers and other methods of getting their message out. The entire student body had the opportunity to vote. Meh… what does that matter? Democracy is such a messy thing. Can’t the ruling class just tell us (and our kids) how the vote should come out?
Students who had run for office were left in limbo, wondering if they had won or lost and if it even mattered anymore. Parents were equally confused. Eventually, that confusion turned into annoyance, then anger. “I wanted to get more involved and change some things,” Kaplan, the seventh-grader running for class representative, told KRON 4, practically quoting Chelsea Clinton verbatim. “I feel like it is disrespectful to all the people who were running,” he said of the strange silence over election results. Parents turned to local media to claim that political correctness had trumped common sense — not to mention democracy. “My criticism of the Everett administration is their good intention got in the way of their common sense,” parent Todd David told the Chronicle. “It’s really, really disturbing to me that withholding the results somehow equals social justice or equity. That is where I totally disconnect. I’m like, ‘Whoa.’ ”
The real concern is for the impressionable students who are learning that voting does not matter, the ruling class will decide for you and that your voice is irrelevant. These are prevailing messages in public education and a sorry statement of America today.
There are reports that the school’s administrators are going to honor the vote, but add seats and change the configuration of the student council to make sure that the oppressors get the outcome they want while appeasing the “little people.”