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Principal Deems “God Bless the USA” Not Age Appropriate for Kindergarten Program, Replaces It with Bieber

Daily News — 11 June 2012

Principal Deems “God Bless the USA” Not Age Appropriate for Kindergarten Program, Replaces It with Bieber

EDIT (Eric Odom): Please see contact information at bottom of post…

Brooklyn school principal Greta Hawkins has decided that Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” will not be sung by her kindergarteners because, wait for it, it isn’t age appropriate. After taking some heat for it, the school chancellor is standing behind her decision.

Wait until you see what they replaced it with:

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is standing behind a Brooklyn principal’s controversial decision to pull the plug on a popular patriotic song that was scheduled to be performed at a kindergarten graduation.

PS 90 Principal Greta Hawkins won’t allow the boys and girls to belt out Lee Greenwood’s ballad “God Bless the USA” because it’s not “age appropriate.”
And Walcott yesterday said that’s fine by him.

“It’s her judgment to make that decision,” Walcott said. “It’s important to reinforce that they start out the morning every day of the school year with the Pledge of Allegiance and ‘America the Beautiful,’ and that, to me, is what this country is about, and they celebrate that, and that’s how we should start our day.

“You have to really wonder about some of the lyrics in the song, so I have to rely on the principal’s judgment along that line.”

PS 90 Principal Greta Hawkins won’t allow the boys and girls to belt out Lee Greenwood’s ballad “God Bless the USA” because it’s not “age appropriate.”
And Walcott yesterday said that’s fine by him.

“It’s her judgment to make that decision,” Walcott said. “It’s important to reinforce that they start out the morning every day of the school year with the Pledge of Allegiance and ‘America the Beautiful,’ and that, to me, is what this country is about, and they celebrate that, and that’s how we should start our day.

“You have to really wonder about some of the lyrics in the song, so I have to rely on the principal’s judgment along that line.”

Every Sunday on the way to church, we put in a cd that has this song on it. All our kids sing along with it. There’s nothing about it that makes it not “age appropriate.”

Especially when you consider this:

It was replaced on the playlist with Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” a flirty song about teenage romance.

Logic would dictate that the age appropriate issue isn’t applicable. So what is the real issue here?

At issue, according to a Department of Education spokeswoman, are lyrics from the tune’s opening verse: “If tomorrow all the things were gone/I’d worked for all my life/And I had to start again/with just my children and my wife.”

They were deemed inappropriate for the 5-year-olds.

Staffers quoted Hawkins as saying, “We don’t want to offend other cultures.”

What other cultures would be offended by a those lyrics?

My gut says the homosexual community. I didn’t know they were a whole culture now though.

What do you think?

EDIT (Eric Odom): See contact info below-

P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School
Principal: Greta Hawkins
Address: 2840 WEST 12 STREET BROOKLYN, NY 11224
Phone: 718-266-8090
Fax: 718-266-7018

Community School District Office Phone: (718) 391-8313
Community District Superintendent: Isabel Dimola

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