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February 08, 2005

First Amendment to what?!?

Chris Bowler had his fill of the Liberal indoctrination that passed as education in the government school he attended, so he decided to do something about it. His school, Hudson High School, in Hudson, Massachusetts, is a “First Amendment School”, which means it supposed to “practice and teach First Amendment principles throughout the school community.” Because it claims to do so, the school receives “$12,000, renewable for three years contingent upon demonstrated progress.” The funds are from our taxes.

Chris contacted High School Conservative Clubs of America, and began the process of starting one at his school.

But as soon as Bowler and friend James Mellilo hung posters for their new after school group, school officials removed the posters because they referred to a conservative Web site they said promotes violence.

"What started out as a great idea drifted from true conservative values to reactionary," said Principal John Stapelfeld.

In other words, since Chris's ideas were not in lock step with the Principal's they were censored.

The next hurdle was find a faculty member to sponsor the club. Librarian Kathy Somerville finally volunteered to act as adviser to the Conservative Club but said she and other faculty were concerned by the mix of violence and assertion of personal opinion as fact on the Web site.

“We have to be careful, speech can promote hate or ill-feelings,” said Social Studies Teacher Beth Ferns, a self-proclaimed liberal Democrat, “It's a tough line schools have to walk.” Ferns proudly displays a poster in her classroom of President George W. Bush quotes such as, “If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier -- just so long as I'm the dictator.” Other teachers mock Bush or praised Michael Moore's “Fahrenheit 9/11” during class time. Apparently promoting hate or ill-feelings is fine when done by Liberals. Quite an education.

If you want to make a difference the following resources may be of help:

Hudson High School

John Stapelfield
Principal of Hudson High School
978-567-6250
jstapelfeld@hudson.k12.ma.us

Sheldon H. Berman
Hudson Public Schools Superintendent
978-567-6100
sberman@hudson.k12.ma.us

First Amendment Schools

Charles Haynes
Senior Scholar
Director of Education Programs
First Amendment Center
chyanes@freedomforum.org
(703) 284-2859

Diane Berreth
Chief Policy and Planning Officer
Deputy Executive Director
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
dberreth@ascd.org

Sam Chaltain
Program Coordinator
First Amendment Center
schaltain@freedomforum.org
(703) 284-2808

Molly McCloskey
Project Director
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
mmccloskey@ascd.org
(703) 575-5475

Emily Nicholson
Program Associate
First Amendment Center
enicholson@freedomforum.org
(703) 284-3931

Brian Nishimura Lee
Web site developer
Senior programmer
First Amendment Center
blee@freedomforum.org

Brian J. Buchanan
Managing Editor/Online
First Amendment Center
web@fac.org

First Amendment Schools
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
1703 N. Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311-1714

First Amendment Schools
First Amendment Center
Freedom Forum
1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 8, 2005 08:22 AM

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