May 21, 2010

Commentary: American flag T-shirts and teachable moments

It is hard to see the incident in Morgan Hill, Calif., where several boys who wore American flag T-shirts to Live Oak High School on Cinco de Mayo were to either take the shirts off or turn them inside out, as anything but an abridgement of those students' First Amendment rights — not to mention an act of glaring hypocrisy. By what reasoning does Rodriguez ban red, white and blue while permitting red, white and green? All that said, though, neither of those complaints addresses what seems to me the most regrettable aspect of this affair. Namely, the fact that this educator missed a teachable moment.

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