To the students and faculty of our high school

“I am your new  principal, and honored to be so.  There is no greater calling than to  teach young people.

I would like to  apprise you of some important changes coming to our school.

I am making  these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have  dominated public education in America have worked  against you, against your teachers, and against our  country.

First, this  school will no longer honor race or ethnicity.

I could not care less if  your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow, or white.  I could not  care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian, or European, or  if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave  ships.

The only  identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your  individual identity — your character, your scholarship, your humanity.   And the only national identity this school will care about is American.

This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to  make better Americans.

If you wish to  affirm an ethnic, racial, or religious identity through school, you will have  to go elsewhere.  We will end all ethnicity-, race-, and  non-American-nationality-based celebrations.  They undermine the motto  of America, one of its  three central values — e  pluribus unum, “from many,  one.”  And this school will be guided by America’s  values.

That includes  all after-school clubs.  I will not authorize clubs that divide students  based on any identities.  This includes race, language, religion, sexual  orientation, or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by  political correctness.

Your clubs will  be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial, or other  physically defined ties.  Those clubs just cultivate narcissism — an  unhealthy preoccupation with the self — while the purpose of education is to  get you to think beyond yourself.

So we will have clubs that transport  you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not  already speak, carpentry, and more.

If the only extracurricular  activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic or  racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really  interests you.

Second, I am  uninterested in whether English is your native language.

My only  interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and  writing English as fluently as possible.

The English language has  united America’s citizens for  more than 200 years, and it will unite us at this school.

It is one of  the indispensible reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one  country.  And if you leave this school without excellent English-language  skills, I will have been remiss in my duty to ensure that you are prepared to  compete successfully in the American job market.

We will learn other  languages here — it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English — but  if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English,  this is not your school.

Third, because I  regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect  learning’s elevated status.

This means, among other things, that you and  your teachers will dress accordingly.  Many people in our society dress  more formally for a meal at a nice restaurant than they do for church or  school.  These people have their priorities backwards.  Therefore,  there will be a formal dress code at this  school.

Fourth, no  obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school’s property —  whether in class, in the hallways, or at athletic events.

If you can’t  speak without using the F-word, you can’t speak.

By obscene language I  mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission plus epithets  such as the N-word, even when used by one black student to address another, or  “bitch,” even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend.

It is my intent  that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few of your age  to distinguish instinctively between the elevated and the degraded, the holy  and the obscene.

Fifth, we will  end all self-esteem programs.

In this school self-esteem will be  attained in only one way (the way people attained it until the State  of California decided  otherwise a generation ago) — by earning it!  One immediate consequence  is that there will be one valedictorian, not  eight.

Sixth, and last,  I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and  propaganda.

No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking  and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global  warming.

No more semesters will be devoted to condom-wearing and  teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health  issue.

There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a  victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual, or not  Christian.

We will have failed if any one of you graduates from this  school and does not consider him or herself inordinately lucky — to be alive  and to be an American.

Now, please  stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our  country.  As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand  them out to you.”

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