Texas students taught to recite Mexican pledge of allegiance

posted at 11:25 am on October 17, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In the name of educating students about a foreign culture, a teacher in McAllen, Tex., required students in her intermediate Spanish class to memorize and individually recite the Mexican national anthem and pledge of allegiance — but one student objected, catching the attention of the school district and The Blaze, which reported the story this morning.

Fifteen-year-old Brenda Brinsdon refused to complete the assignment and, instead, complained to the teacher, principal and, eventually, with the help of her father, William, the school district superintendent. The response of the teacher? Reyna Santos explained that she grew up in Mexico and loved the country. The response of the principal? Yvette Cavazo told Brinsdon it was part of the curriculum and she should participate. The response of the school district superintendent? School district spokesman Mark May told The Blaze the assignment was no different than memorizing a poem or a passage of Shakespeare.

Brinsdon was particularly bothered by the timing of the assignment, which came last month during “Freedom Week,” the week after the Tenth Anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In fact, the assignment came on Constitution Day itself — the same day as Mexico’s Independence Day.

Said Brinsdon’s father: “Our kids don’t even know the [American] national anthem and here we are … teaching them to memorize and perform the national anthem for Mexico. I just think it’s so backwards.”

He also objected to May’s characterization of the assignment as just another memorization exercise, saying that that cheapens the notion of a pledge. “You‘re taking their allegiance and their oath from Mexico and cheapening it just as a grade or words [that] don’t mean anything,” he said.

To the school district’s credit, Brinsdon wasn’t forced to participate: She was given an alternate assignment — an essay on the history of the Mexican revolution.

Here’s a thought: Why not just study the Mexican pledge of allegiance? Read it in a textbook, diagram its sentences, dissect its meaning. Certainly it makes sense to study the culture of other countries. But leave the out-loud recitation of any kind of loyalty oath for the U.S. pledge of allegiance (which, interestingly enough, is increasingly less recited in U.S. schools). You can bet plenty of students in non-English-speaking competitive countries (a) learn English, (b) study the political, economic and cultural systems of the United States and (c) never recite the U.S. pledge of allegiance in school.

If the point is to memorize and recite a passage in Spanish (it was a Spanish class, after all), recite a translation of the U.S. pledge. That’s what we did in my Spanish 3 class in high school and it stuck with me …

Juro fidelidad a la bandera de los Estados Unidos de America y a la república que simboliza, una nación bajo Dios, indivisible con libertad y justicia para todos.


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Family values don’t stop at the border….

She just has needs to have a Heart….

Oil Can on October 17, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Pardon my French but something is mucho wrong.

Shy Guy on October 17, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Brenda you heartless little b****!!! My wife hates you!!
-Rick Perry

abobo on October 17, 2011 at 11:29 AM

¡Dios mio!

Abby Adams on October 17, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Insurrection.

KMC1 on October 17, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Reyna Santos explained that she grew up in Mexico and loved the country.

And still loves Mexico so much that she decided to leave Mexico and live and work in the United States?

Guess what, Ms. Santos? Mexico still exists, and it’s just a short drive away from where you live. If you love Mexico so much, why not live and teach there?

AZCoyote on October 17, 2011 at 11:31 AM

What’s the big deal? They are all Mexicans anyway.

tetriskid on October 17, 2011 at 11:31 AM

What alot of folks can’t grasp is that reciting it = swearing allegiance to a different country !!
Regardless of the real heart, just reciting it declares it !
Disgusting.

Good for Brenda !,

pambi on October 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Teach the little darlin’s OUR pledge in Spanish…

Yo hago juramento a la bandera de los Estados Unidos de America, y a la republica a quien representa. Una nacion, bajo Dios, indivisible, con libertad y justicia para todos.

StarLady on October 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM

China supported the 99rs today.

Obama did so yesterday.

Anyone, anyone, tell me that Obama is not a commie. Forget socialism.

Ah, you say, “China is no longer communist”.

Mh, Krugman, Friedman and Obama can move there then, and it’s the same as in the U.S.

On topic, if the land allows herself to go to Hell, it’s self-inflicted and much deserved. She’s on a big pivot and can go to what she had, or toward nihilism. The choice is still in her people’s hands. The next year and a half will finally tell if the folks are made of steel, or if they are lazy bumbs, in the majority.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM

If the point is to memorize and recite a passage in Spanish (it was a Spanish class, after all), recite a translation of the U.S. pledge.

Because America sucks and Mexico doesn’t. \\\\

CantCureStupid on October 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Wow. The district superintendent can’t tell the difference between Shakespeare and pledging allegiance to another country. Just… WOW!

Dawnsblood on October 17, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Me gusta el queso.

vcferlita on October 17, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Maybe they should make it a requirement for spanish speaking kids in Texas schools to learn and speak english instead of wasting money hiring all those spanish-only speaking teachers and catering to them?

catmman on October 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Interesting. In all my years of German language classes, both high school & college, we focused on literature (after basic grammar and words), not oaths or anthems.

rbj on October 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Brenda you heartless little b****!!! My wife hates you!!
-Rick Perry

abobo on October 17, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Right, this is Perry’s fault.
/

kerrhome on October 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM

To the school district’s credit, Brinsdon wasn’t forced to participate: She was given an alternate assignment — an essay on the history of the Mexican revolution.

Intermediate (elective) class, so what. We learned it in Spanish class in High School and college.

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Nothing like a little context-free hatred and crazy xenophobia to get the Hot Airheads’ blood flowing.

GOP morality, standing strong.

bifidis on October 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

I can imagine what school children in Mexico are taught about the United States. Meh. Probably the same thing they are taught here.

Seth Halpern on October 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

I can’t wait for the Annual Cinco De Mayo Gun Drive.

Cicero43 on October 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

I would be curious to know if they recited the American Pledge of Allegiance that morning.

NeoKong on October 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Shouldn’t they be singing “La Marcha Real” instead?

Mike Honcho on October 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Brenda you heartless little b****!!! My wife hates you!!
-Rick Perry

abobo on October 17, 2011 at 11:29 AM

This has nothing to do with Perry or his wife.

Also calling a little kid that even in jest isn’t funny at all.

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM

$10 bucks says this teacher is a member of La Raza.

portlandon on October 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Brenda you heartless little b****!!! My wife hates you!!
-Rick Perry

abobo on October 17, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Are you going on record claiming that Perry would support this?

HondaV65 on October 17, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Resistir nos mucho

Krychek on October 17, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Now all they have to learn to do is how to properly bow to foreign dictators and they’re on their way to becoming good little community organizers.

Rovin on October 17, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Comunismo para todos!!!

Obama and the Chinese, Chavez and the Castros fully approve.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM

The reason for the recitation is twofold:

1. The student demonstrates her ability to speak Spanish out loud.
2. The teacher demonstrates her ability to indoctrinate Americans with a seemingly harmless pledge to Mexico.

/Glenn Beck

VibrioCocci on October 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM

This has nothing to do with Perry or his wife.

Also calling a little kid that even in jest isn’t funny at all.

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM

GG … some people are FOOLS and like to show their ass on this board.

This story has nothing to do with Rick Perry and, I’m sure if anyone asked him about this – he’d condemn it.

HondaV65 on October 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Are you going on record claiming that Perry would support this?

HondaV65 on October 17, 2011 at 11:37 AM

The right needs no enemies. They are within.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Nothing like a little context-free hatred and crazy xenophobia to get the Hot Airheads’ blood flowing.

GOP morality, standing strong.

bifidis on October 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Okay, put it in context for us.

Meh on October 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM

I would be curious to know if they recited the American Pledge of Allegiance that morning.

NeoKong on October 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM

In most public primary schools in Texas they do. A lot even recite the Texas pledge. Ceasar Chavez elementary, up the street from me, broadcasts it over the outside speakers.

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Nothing like a little context-free hatred and crazy xenophobia to get the Hot Airheads’ blood flowing.

GOP morality, standing strong.

bifidis on October 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Hey, they must have got wi-fi in the Occupy Park!

portlandon on October 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

bifidis on October 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

May your idealism completely suffocate you and all yours. YOU deserve NO less!

YOU have NO clue what you stand for because you’ve never lived it.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM

GOP morality, standing strong.

bifidis on October 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Yeah, it’s not like people support carving the southwest US into another country….Oh, wait

Oil Can on October 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM

GG … some people are FOOLS and like to show their ass on this board.

This story has nothing to do with Rick Perry and, I’m sure if anyone asked him about this – he’d condemn it.

HondaV65 on October 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM

As soon as I read this article I thought – oh great here we go again.

Hasn’t disappointed so far.

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Hey, they must have got wi-fi in the Occupy Park!

portlandon on October 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

+1

VibrioCocci on October 17, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Unwittingly bifidis is excellent for HA Capitalism, which s/he must hate but we should love.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Maybe they should examine Mexican immigration law instead.

Connie on October 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

I think the teacher needs a lesson in free speech, so she should be seated in a chair and be forced to watch while the student (and anybody else for that matter) reverently burns a MEXICAN FLAG…

Free speech, free expression… It works both ways, right?

Khun Joe on October 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

The Chienese, Obama and Chavez support you, bifidis. Suffocate all of you.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Reyna Santos explained that she grew up in Mexico and loved the country.

Then that’s where she should be. Let’s help her out and provide transportation.

FloatingRock on October 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

The Chinese, that s/b.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

GOP morality, standing strong.

bifidis on October 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Hey, guess what the OCCUPY Democrats are singing in the Park in Portland Oregon?

F*CK the USA!!

portlandon on October 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

My mainland brothers are coming ;)

Be afraid…be very afraid…hide your daughters, my brothers are coming!

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

It is Spanish class, not Mexico class. Why not recite something from Spain or Panama? There are countries all over the world that speak Spanish, why Mexico?

[quote]Reyna Santos explained that she grew up in Mexico and loved the country. [/quote]

Really? She loved Mexico so much, that she fled the nation for the US. She would probably like to see the US be more like Mexico. Exit Question: Where will your kids/grandkids flee to?

jeffn21 on October 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Dawnsblood on October 17, 2011 at 11:33 AM

That right there tells you why we get idiots out of school.

antisocial on October 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

It is Spanish class, not Mexico class. Why not recite something from Spain or Panama? There are countries all over the world that speak Spanish, why Mexico?

Reyna Santos explained that she grew up in Mexico and loved the country.

Really? She loved Mexico so much, that she fled the nation for the US. She would probably like to see the US be more like Mexico. Exit Question: Where will your kids/grandkids flee to?

jeffn21 on October 17, 2011 at 11:44 AM

The response of the teacher? Reyna Santos explained that she grew up in Mexico and loved the country.

Pretty much gave away her agenda right there, didn’t she?

kg598301 on October 17, 2011 at 11:44 AM

As soon as I read this article I thought – oh great here we go again.

Hasn’t disappointed so far.

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 11:41 AM

That is precisely why it was put on the blog.

It can’t be Palin, Perry or Romney all the time.

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Wow. The district superintendent can’t tell the difference between Shakespeare and pledging allegiance to another country. Just… WOW!

Dawnsblood on October 17, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Not really surprising, as a former teacher, I can tell you for every level you move up in the educational system you lose 10 IQ points. I was amazed by how colleagues changed once they left the classroom. Things that were so black and white suddenly had all these shades of grey.

It wasn’t the children that made me leave. It was the system.

Mich_93 on October 17, 2011 at 11:45 AM

My mainland brothers are coming ;)

Be afraid…be very afraid…hide your daughters, my brothers are coming!

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Shame on you for not posting in English and Spanish, ernesto. What would La Raza say?

VibrioCocci on October 17, 2011 at 11:45 AM

My mainland brothers are coming ;)

Be afraid…be very afraid…hide your daughters, my brothers are coming!

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Why are you guys slumming in the inferior US?

Meh on October 17, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Wearing red, white and green, students had to memorize the Mexican anthem and pledge and stand up and recite them in individually in front of the class.

If this wasn’t propaganda/brainwashing, why force the students to wear the Mexican flag colors?

This is “la raza” crap – straight up.

Rebar on October 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Meh on October 17, 2011 at 11:45 AM

You’d have to ask them. Us Puerto Ricans are Americans whether we like it or not :P

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Borders.
Language.
Culture.

blatantblue on October 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

WTF???

antisocial on October 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Brenda you heartless little b****!!! My wife hates you!!
-Rick Perry

abobo on October 17, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Considering TX tax money goes to illegals education, it’s not surprising they pledge Mexican allegiance.

The other 49 states are heartless.

hanzblinx on October 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Ever been to McAllen, or any other of those border towns on the Texas side?

The ratio of the Anglo (or any other ethnic group not of Mexican heritage) people is small. Anyone other than someone of Mexican heritage is in a distinct minority.

I would assume this is the same for the school system as for the population in general. In fact, it may be more so in the schools, since the border region seems to draw a number of Anglo retirees whose kids are grown and whose grandkids are growing up elsewhere.

I’ve got to wonder if Brenda’s going to be subject to any kind of bullying or hazing as a result of this?

Just personally, I think students in any one country should recite their own country’s pledge of allegiance, and should not be reciting an oath of allegiance to another country. If they want to do that, they should become citizens of that other country.

Period.

Shirotayama on October 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

You’d have to ask them. Us Puerto Ricans are Americans whether we like it or not :P

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

I thought you said they were your brothers. I figured you would know. So basically you have no more relation to them than I do, so why are you speaking for them?

Meh on October 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM

But leave the out-loud recitation of any kind of loyalty oath for the U.S. pledge of allegiance (which, interestingly enough, is increasingly less recited in U.S. schools).

I agree. It’s the same thing as if the school required Jewish and atheist students to sing “Silent Night” … or recite a Muslim prayer.

aunursa on October 17, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Back in the day, my Spanish class was about figuring out how to say English phrases in Spanish, and translate Spanish phrases into English, with lots of grammer rules thrown in. I don’t recall ever being asked to just memorize a Spanish poem or anything like that, and it seems that kind of exercise would be useless for actually learning how to speak Spanish, which is after all the purpose of the class.

mbs on October 17, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Juro fidelidad a la bandera de los Estados Unidos de America y a la república que simboliza, una nación bajo Dios, indivisible con libertad y justicia para todos.

I am a proud American of Latino descent and I had never heard(or read) the pledge in Spanish! It’s beautiful. I completely agree that a better assignment (if she wanted memorization and recitation) would have been our Pledge, or perhaps a poem with cultural significance to Mexico. But reciting anyone else’s pledge is just bad form.

therambler on October 17, 2011 at 11:52 AM

blatantblue on October 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

We’re coming for your milfy Long Island white ladies next! muahahahaha!

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM

My Spanish class did the same as Tina’s – the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. Our version was slightly different (than Tina’s) though. “lo que representa” instead of “que simboliza”.

Allow me a bit of a “Hank Hill” moment here, but, I would pledge allegiance to the US flag in any language.

JadeNYU on October 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM

So back in the 80′s when I was in HS French we had to do this same assignment. I guess I’m not see why this is such a big deal. Just a tad bit hyper-sensitive I would say….

Yes, you heard that right, in all my infinite wisdom I took French in school instead of Spanish…..

tpw on October 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM

If the point is to memorize and recite a passage in Spanish (it was a Spanish class, after all), recite a translation of the U.S. pledge. That’s what we did in my Spanish 3 class in high school and it stuck with me …

Juro fidelidad a la bandera de los Estados Unidos de America y a la república que simboliza, una nación bajo Dios, indivisible con libertad y justicia para todos.

Pretty good, Tina. All i can remember from my high school Spanish is

A mi no me gustan los albondigas!

..pero mi me gustan las rubias!

And something that ought to be appropriate at the OWS slamfest:

Algo mejor que un empleado del banco, mi amigo, algo mejor!

The War Planner on October 17, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Be afraid…be very afraid…hide your daughters, my brothers are coming!

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

My daughter is 11, ernesto. Stay classy.

Mr. D on October 17, 2011 at 11:56 AM

We’re coming for your milfy Long Island white ladies next! muahahahaha!

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Stay classy ern.

VegasRick on October 17, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Reyna Santos explained that she grew up in Mexico and loved the country.

That’s where she lost me.

This story was sort of a “meh” for me. Learning the national anthem of neighboring Mexico (or even quoting their pledge) in a Spanish class in Texas seemed sorta normal… but her expression of allegiance to Mexico suddenly made this whole thing seem much closer to indoctrination.

mankai on October 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM

We’re coming for your milfy Long Island white ladies next! muahahahaha!

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM

..that’s the way to stay classy, cretin.

The War Planner on October 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Considering TX tax money goes to illegals education, it’s not surprising they pledge Mexican allegiance.

The other 49 states are heartless.

hanzblinx on October 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

You do realize that the SCOTUS mandated that illegals be educated K-12.

Sorry all taxpayers are paying for it – not just Texas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plyler_v._Doe

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Said Brinsdon’s father: “Our kids don’t even know the [American] national anthem and here we are … teaching them to memorize and perform the national anthem for Mexico. I just think it’s so backwards.”

He also objected to May’s characterization of the assignment as just another memorization exercise, saying that that cheapens the notion of a pledge. “You‘re taking their allegiance and their oath from Mexico and cheapening it just as a grade or words [that] don’t mean anything,” he said.

I agree with Brinsdon’s father.

Also, IF any school wants any student to “study” the documents of another nation, students should NEVER be asked or required to “swear allegiance” or repeat allegiance oaths of dedication TO those other nations.

Studying their documents from a point of history, civics and language is one thing but making pledges and repeating oaths of loyalty or anything else is utterly wrong, as to U.S. students in U.S. schools, as to ANY oath or pledge that is not from and to the U.S.

Lourdes on October 17, 2011 at 11:58 AM

VegasRick on October 17, 2011 at 11:56 AM

..mine musta hit the server a few nanoseconds behind yours.

The War Planner on October 17, 2011 at 11:58 AM

We’re coming for your milfy Long Island white ladies next! muahahahaha!

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Boy, got to love the tolerant, inclusive, non hate speech leftist here. He is a shining example (and I am serious) of what leftism is truly about: rape fantasies, racism. violence.

Rape (just ask Bill Clinton and his harems), both literally and of course economically. And the true racists have always been leftists.

Vanceone on October 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Ever been to McAllen, or any other of those border towns on the Texas side?

Shirotayama on October 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Many times

I’ve got to wonder if Brenda’s going to be subject to any kind of bullying or hazing as a result of this?

Shirotayama on October 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Doubtful, the kids down there are for the most part raised better than the kids up here.

If anything it is the teacher. We had one the principal of my daughter’s elementary school was soooo proud of, brought her over from Spain. The principal retired and the new principal will not defend the racist b*tch any longer.

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

..mine musta hit the server a few nanoseconds behind yours.

The War Planner on October 17, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Tie.

VegasRick on October 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

It’s all Rick Perry’s fault. Headline it on Drudge that Perry makes American kids swear allegiance to Mexico.

Southernblogger on October 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

It’s a public school… I’m surprised they all don’t have to learn The Internationale.

mankai on October 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

We’re coming for your milfy Long Island white ladies next! muahahahaha!

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Anyone that puts their Naitionaliity/Race/culture in front of being an American is pretty sad individual. You are prefect for the Occupy Wall Street crowd. Now you have cred to pick up an unwashed hippie chick.

Oil Can on October 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

You do realize that the SCOTUS mandated that illegals be educated K-12.

Sorry all taxpayers are paying for it – not just Texas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plyler_v._Doe

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM

More reason that we should as a nation be doing everything in our power to prevent the entrance of — and to return them to their own countries — illegal aliens from our nation.

Once they’re here, therein lies the heavy, heavy burden and ongoing strife with so many liabilities for our nation.

Lourdes on October 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

I’m full of typos this morning, sorry.

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM

More reason that we should as a nation be doing everything in our power to prevent the entrance of — and to return them to their own countries — illegal aliens TO our nation.

Once they’re here, therein lies the heavy, heavy burden and ongoing strife with so many liabilities for our nation.

Lourdes on October 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Lourdes on October 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM

To the school district’s credit, Brinsdon wasn’t forced to participate: She was given an alternate assignment — an essay on the history of the Mexican revolution.

My Spanish class in high school was about teaching conversational Spanish, not about teaching the history of another county or reciting a pledge of another country.

Reyna Santos explained that she grew up in Mexico and loved the country.

Here’s a thought: Why doesn’t Santos take a leave of absence and go back to the country where she grew up and loves so much and help their education system rise above 3rd world status instead of importing the culture into an American class room.

Texas Gal on October 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Ya’ know, I used to enjoy it when ernesto posted his stupid racist leftist crap. It showed his kind for what they were. And it was so easy to show what a stupid racist lefty he was.

This time, not so much. He is actually proud of his stupid racist sexist leftist threats.

cozmo on October 17, 2011 at 12:03 PM

We’re coming for your milfy Long Island white ladies next! muahahahaha!

ernesto on October 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM

You like ladies now?

faraway on October 17, 2011 at 12:03 PM

KUDOs to young Brenda AND her Father for taking a STAND!

Katfish on October 17, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Llavase sus manos!

mrt721 on October 17, 2011 at 12:04 PM

China supported the 99rs today.

Obama did so yesterday.

Anyone, anyone, tell me that Obama is not a commie. Forget socialism.

Ah, you say, “China is no longer communist”.

Mh, Krugman, Friedman and Obama can move there then, and it’s the same as in the U.S.

On topic, if the land allows herself to go to Hell, it’s self-inflicted and much deserved. She’s on a big pivot and can go to what she had, or toward nihilism. The choice is still in her people’s hands. The next year and a half will finally tell if the folks are made of steel, or if they are lazy bumbs, in the majority.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM

I AGREE he’s Communist. I have maintained as much for a long time now, ever since reading about who he is, what he plans, wants, believes.

Remember his trip to Africa to campaign for his Communist dictator cousin there? Obama was photographed with a big ole’ megaphone selling Communism to the hapless victims.

Lourdes on October 17, 2011 at 12:04 PM

You do realize that the SCOTUS mandated that illegals be educated K-12.

Sorry all taxpayers are paying for it – not just Texas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plyler_v._Doe

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Agreed, but the states don’t have to so laxed on enforcement. Illegal children or anchor babies are being supported by the illegals wages and welfare, they just don’t come here on their own. If states where to enfore laws like Alabama, there wouldn’t nearly be as big of a problem.

Oil Can on October 17, 2011 at 12:05 PM

And didn’t Putin, too, endorse the #OWS people?

Lourdes on October 17, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Weird comments on this thread

blatantblue on October 17, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I will allow my kidsto learn that right after they recite the 10 Commandments in school.

VegasRick on October 17, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Reyna Santos explained that she grew up in Mexico and loved the country.

Here’s a thought: Why doesn’t Santos take a leave of absence and go back to the country where she grew up
Texas Gal on October 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM

She’s too busy working the water out of her ears from the trip to here. Guess who paid her tuition once she made it to TX.

whatcat on October 17, 2011 at 12:07 PM

As a 4th, 5th, 6th, and partial 7th grader (we moved back to Texas that year) at the O.C.S. (Oil Companies School) in Tripoli Libya in the mid 60′s – we were required to take 1 semester of Arabic + 1 semester of Libyan History each year………NO ONE ever tried to make us say any pledge of allegiance (nor would I have participated)

Katfish on October 17, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Last year at my kids High School , they were forced to stand for the Mexican anthem at an assembly. I told them they didn’t need to stand for it, but they did, because they feared the repurcussions. Enough parents complained, and I don’t think that will happen again this year, or next.

It’s time to stop this nonsense. I don’t disrespect Mexico, but this isn’t Mexico. I don’t care how many illegals are here. If they want that kind of allegiance, get on back down south of the border.

It’s bad enough kids are forced to observe cinco de mayo…but when it comes to pledging allegiance…if one lives here, the only pledge to be said is the the United States pledge.

capejasmine on October 17, 2011 at 12:08 PM

More reason that we should as a nation be doing everything in our power to prevent the entrance of — and to return them to their own countries — illegal aliens from our nation.

Once they’re here, therein lies the heavy, heavy burden and ongoing strife with so many liabilities for our nation.

Lourdes on October 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

I agree – stop the bleeding first and foremost.

However, claiming as the OP does, this is just Texas doing it is incorrect.

gophergirl on October 17, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Interesting. In all my years of German language classes, both high school & college, we focused on literature (after basic grammar and words), not oaths or anthems.

rbj on October 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM

I took German in HS, too. You mean you guys didn’t march around the classroom singing “Deutchland Uber Alles” like we did?

/s

Midas on October 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM

I took French in high school. We were simply given a choice of memorizing & reciting any French writer or poet we chose. I find it hard to believe there aren’t some noteworthy Spanish language poets or writers the students could choose from who may be even more historically relevant.

taznar on October 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

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