If there was to be any event that would confirm our school system is no longer simply Public education but, Government Education, it would be Hendersonville, NC on May 2nd. A Hendersonville Elementary School had become a ghost town during normal hours of operation. According to one witness, who was dropping her son off for tutoring; the classroom she passed was empty, the principle was gone, and only one woman manned the desk in the front office.
“I saw nobody until I reached the room the tutor was in.” said the mother. The school had taken a field trip. In fact it was more like a hike. Children in grades 1st through 5th walked to Hendersonville’s Historic Court House on N. Main St. to see Hillary Clinton Speak on her campaign trail. The schools had been encouraged by Jeff Collins, city councilman of Hendersonville to attend as a civics lesson. Although Mr. Collins is a noted Clinton supporter, he claims his urging wasn’t political in nature. I personally find this hard to believe.
Hendersonville NC, according to their news paper, Blue Ridge Now was uncertain that Mrs. Clinton would be appearing in Hendersonville until Wednesday night. In order to organize the schools participation, Mr. Collins had to notify the schools and permission slips had to be sent home all on Thursday, May 1st. Some parents, like my source, were completely unaware of the trip to see Hillary Clinton, while other parents were disgusted the trip was even being organized and decided to pull their kids from school for the day.
As a humble enquiring mind, in another state, I am unable to obtain any statistics on how many students actually attended the rally from the elementary school in comparison to how many students were absent for the day. I would like to know exactly how far the students had to walk in order to see Mrs. Clinton on her campaign trail. I would also like to know if the school intends to let the students witness “civics events” from any of the other candidates running for president this year.
As a parent, tax payer, and voter I am not just irritated I am flabbergasted that this even took place. Mr. Jeff Collin should be ashamed of himself for pulling students out of tax payer’s schools to acquire a Government Education. Not only that but, to have the students walk to Downtown N. Main St. with only a day’s notice to parents just so they could be advertisement fodder for Clinton’s campaign is a waste of their time, money, and education. They learned nothing that day except how to maintain their endurance in the rising spring heat. I could have educated my son better with the History Channel than to have him witness Clinton spewing false promises on more bad ways to fix oil prices and the tax system. Oddly I would feel the same way if the children had been bussed out to see John McCain regurgitate false climate change data. Children’s minds were manipulated, molded and bruised all in one day. While Clinton supporters may find this an uplifting event I am sure several others are just as frustrated as I am.
This comes as no surprise to many people, and I am sure this has been happening throughout the campaign season but I still can’t see the point in taking a seven year old more interested in Pokémon than politics to a rally for anything more than smiling at the camera and waving a banner they can’t even understand. For a High School student that will be old enough to vote in November the hike might have been worthwhile if they were taken by their parents, who should be the only authority in their lives permitted to instill a political view. For a child who won’t vote for another 6 to 9 years to be taken to a rally it is simply propaganda and manipulation. The people who encouraged elementary students to attend are the same people that preach fiction over facts, smother religious freedoms, and refuse the second and first amendments. These people refuse to notice the population of polar bears is on the rise not on a decline, they ignore the theory of evolution yet preach the theory of climate change and they are teaching your kids in Hendersonville, NC.