Dear School Principal: Why Are You Against Veterans Day?



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By Jacey
Dear School Principal: Why Are You Against Veterans Day?
Why would school principals object to asking students to mark Veterans Day? After all, it is an official United States
holiday and a federal holiday created to honor the military veterans who have served this country, sometimes dying
for this country.
Is it too much to ask students with a parent or sibling in uniform to bring in a photo? Is it too much to ask a vet to visit
the classroom or for students to write a letter? Some people think so.
Is noting Veterans Day too much to ask?
Ron Astor, a professor at the University of Southern California School of Social Work was shocked this year when he
got pushback against marking Veterans Day from civilian principals in the Los Angeles area.
Every year, Astor asked his graduate students who are serving internships in schools to find a way to mark Veterans
Day. The USC School of Social Work has done some excellent work centered on military children in schools over the
past several years. Their research has shown that creating the kind of public school environment in which educators
are sensitive to military students’ needs and circumstances can help to increase resiliency among military children.
That resiliency is something we all swear that we want for military kids. And the celebrations at various schools have
been met with warmth over the past few years. So what’s the big deal now?
Veterans Day a problem for some civilian principals
In his essay in the Huffington Post, Astor found that suddenly it was a big deal. Principals complained to him that this
would take time away from “academic learning.” Others said that Veterans Day wasn’t a big deal at their school since
they didn’t have a large military population—even though the research shows that one of the problems with military
kids is that they become invisible in schools. Astor wrote:

One principal was seriously concerned that we were violating the confidentiality of families by asking
them for photos of family members or by inviting veterans to speak at school–as if being a military or
veteran family is a clinical, psychological, or medical condition.

Is this the reaction our veterans can expect from schools in years to come?
In the past 13 years of war, the country has been glad to salute the military, glad to contribute to nonprofits, glad to
host a pancake breakfast to benefit wounded warriors or hoist a flag on July 4.
But now we are entering a time when the last Marine combat unit has left Afghanistan and the remaining troops
scramble to get all their equipment home by the December 31 deadline. Yet, even now as we are sending troops out
to deal with Ebola and Navy ships continue on their round of deployments, the urgency to recognize the military and
the contribution of our veterans fades.
In some ways, I’m sure that is how it should be — the natural ebb and flow of human interest.

Yet isn’t that why we have a Veterans Day, so that even in the busyness of a year we take a day to mark the service
of all those who donned a uniform to protect the rest of us?
It is one day. It is 15 minutes in homeroom to ask if any students have a family member in uniform. It is a 30 second
note of how many people in our state currently serve and how that affects the economy. It is a math problem that
invokes the budget of the Department of Defense. It is a moment in a history class or geography class or social
studies class to notice the sacrifices made and the historical gains created by those who served.

It is one day, School Principal. Veterans Day is November 11.

And, really, it is not too much to ask.



8 Responses to “Dear School Principal: Why Are You Against Veterans Day?”

  1. A late chime in… How many teachers do you know are Conservative? I know only one – my first ex. The liberal mindset is leading to this brainwashing, I feel. Look at how the POTUS treats our military… I make sure my kids know history and why they have freedoms.

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    • Thanks for that, Mustang Koji! Chime in…ANYTIME! I have a 7 yr-old grandson…in school they had to allegedly stop reciting the “Pledge of Allegiance” which is a crying shame. I am with you…I explain as simply as I can, as often as possible. The re-writing of history or the blatant omission of the details, people, sacrifices, principles, and events which made this country great is deeply offensive and disturbing.

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  3. I am not offering this as justification, but as an explanation that I am aware of. I won’t say what school, but a school that I was associated with dropped this practice because some parents complained because their children didn’t have pictures to bring in and they felt slighted. Of course, administrators don’t always give the real reason behind a policy decision. It’s easier to tell everyone “it takes too much time away from learning” than it is to tell a vocal parent that there are times in life when some, but not all people are honored for something they did or that they are doing.


    • Yup, sad…that’s exactly what results with the notion of ‘political correctness.’ The situation you describe flabbergasts me. My goodness! I would have to believe some people are ignorant…I mean, if it were little Sally’s birthday, would little Johnny’s mom pitch a fit because it wasn’t fair for him to be left out of the center of attention, and unfair that Sally gets ALL of the attention on her own special day?! The world has been turned upside down with the evolution fueled by gadgets, technology, social media, and political “correctness”… people are taking on an unpleasant new form: ‘all about me’ seems to be what’s “trending” and it is disturbing. Thanks Dan for sharing that experience. I really was enlightened — kind of reminds me of when I was a civil service employee for the state…the Unions have managed to kill any possible joy in that sector with ‘the everybody gets the same pay’ (whether or not everybody actually worked as well or as dutifully in their job) VS meritorious recognition and bonus awards for only the best and the brightest on the force. Terrible.


      • I have this draft of a blog post scribbled about this subject. I actually think it’s more about fear. It’s the manager that fears the confrontation over “why did you recommend him for a bonus and not me?” that wants the policy to be flattened. If you’re in a position of authority, you’re supposed to be able to tell someone “he works harder than you” or “hey, I had to make a choice and I made it based on the criteria that I track” So many people would prefer to be able to hide behind a “level” policy and say “it’s really out of my hands.” It bothers me, but I see it everywhere and I think it’s getting worse.

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        • I am afraid I whole-heartedly agree…it is getting worse. Considering so-called scholars and ultra-liberal professors in so many higher educational programs, I would have to believe the attitudes we are witnessing can be directly attributed to that influence. The moral, ethical, and critical thinking compasses are spinning wildly. Funny, too…the more the society seems to be advancing, the dumber it gets. We can only hope to do what we can as individuals in helping to turn some of this around where we are able…after that, I suppose we must allow ‘nature to take its course’ and hang on tight if forced to ride it out, that’s all. Which post is that Dan? Or are you working on it for the future? I believe we definitely share some common ideas and theories…I look forward to reading it!

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