Principal Whitewashes School Election
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
For the students at Everett Middle School in San Francisco dictatorship and political correctness is a first-hand experience and a way of life thanks to their principal Lena Van Haren.
The dictatorial Van Haren unilaterally withheld the student government election results because, according to her, not enough minority students were elected. “It’s not okay for a school that is really, really diverse to have the student representatives majority white,” said Van Haren.
Incredulously, Van Haren actually acknowledges this politically correct nonsense is acceptable and appropriate to inculcate unsuspecting children and brainwash them into believing that their own thought processes and free will decisions are unacceptable.
Certainly the parents do not agree with Van Haren as they have expressed their outrage at the principal’s withholding the election results for more than a week. “The easy thing would have been to announce the results and move on. I intentionally did not choose the easy way because this is so important,” said Van Haren.
What is so important, Ms. Van Haren? Shunning the voices of the students who voted on their own without scandal or fraud? Dismissing the free will decisions made by thinking students neither under duress or intimidation? Why is it wrong for black and Latino students to vote for white students, Ms. Van Haren? What is your agenda? To keep students divided among racial and ethnic lines? This is typical of the liberal and progressive agenda to foster further use of hyphenated names – African-American, Asian-American, Latino-American, etc.
What this exercise should teach the students is that the hard work implemented by the candidates for the student government was ignored by the principal – one person – simply because she – one person – did not approve of the results. The students are learning the evils of political correctness and the lack of rule of law as their student government elections can be compared to that of elections in Cuba, Iran, and Russia – not the United States.
Van Haren wrote a letter to the parents outlining how to have a more representative government – in other words, how to skew results to elect more minorities that the principal approves of because she does not believe in the republican democracy upon which this country was founded. Van Haren clearly believes in diversity instead of the free will of the student body – the voice of one over the voices of the many.
“I feel it is disrespectful to all the people who were running. The whole school voted for these people, so it is not like people rigged the game, but in a way – now it is kind of being rigged,” said Sebastian Kaplan, a seventh-grade student who spoke with KRON-TV. Even a middle school student understands what his principal did was unprincipled.
Apparently the color of the skin is more important to Van Haren than the content of the character of her students. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. would be more than just a little disappointed.
It is ironic that the Everett school district called this electoral debacle a “learning opportunity.” Ironic because it is the principal Lena Van Haren who needs the education in the American electoral system. The fact that she diminished this example of political correctness by noting this was a middle school election and not one for president is demonstrative of her ignorance of the importance of teaching the children what is right, not what is right in her progressive world of election fixing at any level. Van Haren owes her students and their parents both an apology and a return to classical education, something American public schools have seem to have long since abandoned.
Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.