Worrying that the local public school is turning your kids gay is so 2008. The fear du jour? It’s turning your kids Mexican.
In a video recorded by a sophomore using a “spy pen,” a Spanish teacher in McAllen, Tex. calls on students in her class to sing the Mexican national anthem and recite its pledge of allegiance—in Spanish, of course. Cue parental outrage:
“I just find it appalling, the indoctrination of this stuff is going on all the time down here,” said William Brinsdon, the father of the girl who recorded the lesson, on Glenn Beck’s radio show.
The girl herself, 15-year-old Brenda Brinsdon, agreed. “I feel that this was an indoctrination,” she said in a follow-up article on Beck’s website, The Blaze. “Even with the slightest bit of influence to any children, I mean, it’s always huge. It’s always a major impact on kids, especially youth… .”
The New York Times blog The Lede notes that those criticizing the pledge seem to be subscribing to theories of “performative language,” in which speaking something is akin to doing it. By that theory, the students committed themselves to a life of loyalty to Mexico by uttering the pledge. By most other theories, of course, the students are still American.
Obviously, the article is biased, but I liked it because it had links where you can go read both sides (Glenn Beck, Hot Air, and the Tea Party on one side, and then the school officials on the other side.)
So what do you think? Is singing the Mexican national anthem and reciting its pledge of allegiance in Spanish class "indoctrination"? Would you be bothered if your child did this in their Spanish class?