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God Bless the USA Banned by School Principal Greta Hawkins at Graduation

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God Bless The USA Banned

By reading the headline you know what song was banned but can you guess what song was allowed in it’s replacement? It begins with a B and ends with an Er. If you guessed Justin Bieber you are probably just as stunned as us!

A principal at a school located in Coney Island named Greta Hawkins banned, “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood because, “We don’t want to offend other cultures.” This quote was obtained by the NY Post on their exclusive story on this piece.

It all took place when graduating kindergarten students were rehearsing for their big day to take place on June 20th, 2012. The coordinated plan had been going on for several months and included five separate classes in the PS 90 Edna Cohen School.

When the final touches were being put on the peformance with the students rehearsing their singing of the song the principal came in and asked for the song to be turned off. The teachers putting on them performance and coordinating the graduation ceremony were told to remove the song from the event.

The New York Post got a statement from the Department of Education that Greta Hawkins felt the lyrics to the song were, “too grown up” for the kindergarten aged students. The story seemed to have changed to offending cultures to grown up lyrics. With everyone scratching their heads it was really hair raising when a different song was allowed instead of the patriotic song.

Justin Bieber’s “Baby” hit song was allowed in the graduation ceremony. While this song probably wouldn’t offend cultures it does seem to have some grown up issues in the lyrics. The lyrics of the Justin Bieber song read as follows:

You want my love, You want my heart
And we would never, ever, ever be apart
Are we an item? Girl quit playin’
We’re just friends, What are you sayin’?
Said there’s another as you look right in my eyes
My first love, broke my heart for the first time.

Parents and teachers are pretty confused by the whole thing. One teacher in charge of the song said that, “God Bless the USA” gave most kids goosebumps & teary-eyed feelings. This isn’t the first time that Ms. Hawkins has had issues with other teachers and the school district.

Ms. Hawkins was reprimanded by the Department of Education in 2010 after she called the school racist and was labeled a tyrant & bully by people working at the school. Ms. Hawkins told other staffers, “I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish. More of us are coming.”

Not everyone disagrees with the principal however as we have found. One site called The SOP said, “God Bless the principal for not allowing the kindergartners to sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation ceremony.” Apparently they feel that Lee Greenwood’s patriotic song is an insult to every nation on Earth.

We’re not afraid to let that song hang out in all it’s glory on Z6Mag. Enjoy Lee Greenwood’s song below:

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood

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25 Comments

  1. Proud to be American

    June 18, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Hey Greta Hawkins…guess what? You’re offending cultures!

  2. Infidel Task Force

    June 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Its things like this that drive me crazy! How dare she! I want her to explain why an American Patriotic song cannot be played. Who the Hell does she think she is? Now is the time for ALL parents to join together and demand she rescind her decision or submit her resignation. This is what we at the ITF call….Silencing Americans Through Fear. And I can guarantee that NO minority ever spoke up and said they were offended.

  3. INcoming

    June 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    This saddens me.
    They played this song on my first return home from an 8 month deployment and when we manned the rails, EVERYONE had tears in their eyes with this song…everyone of every color and creed and it wasn’t just the fact we were finally home…the words had meaning for us…we were there together and there were kids on the pier who have been to enough Homecomings where they know the words by heart.

    This is the music our troops look forward to coming home to…not ‘Baby, Baby’….

    When I was overseas- it was the flag that we held on to…sad that we are more patriotic in the warzone than in our own front yards.

  4. Roseanne Carello

    June 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    This is ridiculous!

    One of my fourth grade students brought this article in as a current event to share with the class. After reading the title and paraphrasing the article for us, I asked the students to weigh in and give their opinion. Not one of them agreed with the principal’s decision.

    When asked why they didn’t agree, they voiced that it shows a disrespect to our country. They also felt that if 5 year olds could learn the lyrics to a Bieber song, they could crertainly learn the lyrics to “God Bless America”. Comparing the lyrics of both, we found the lyrics to the Bieber song far more inappropriate.

    It saddens me to think that one principal has imposed her own agenda on a whole school of impressionable young people.

    Sincerely,

    Mrs.Carello & The Fourth Grade Class

  5. Alan C Rohner

    June 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Sean, Greta, Jennifer, Zerlinda, Bob, Justin, parents, and any other listeners:
    We ALL need to realize GOD gave His Son Jesus to the world, not just one
    nation. Each person MUST understand that it is up to each of us to decide or
    choose what we wish to do with the gift GOD has given us. We can do what
    our friends suggest, do what others say, or do what GOD says to do. It was
    HIS choice to give us HIS SON; it is our choice to be obedient to HIM(THEM);
    the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit.

  6. June

    June 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    FIRE HER!!! Nuf said!

    • Mom 62

      June 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Yep, I agree

  7. kathy

    June 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I called the school this morning to talk to the Principal and the lady that answered the phone asked why I wanted to speak to her. I started to say why I was calling and she was so rude, said they didn;t have time for this and hung up the phone on me. They didn’t even want to discuss the crazy explanation. This wasn’t to NOT offend others. This was another black hating America principal for our American values and American soliders. UNION nembers, Radical hating UNION teachers. I wondder if the parents fought this? I sure hope so. The Government Schools havE got to go! They are taking away everything that is good for children and replacing with pure CRAZINESS!!!!!!

  8. cherie w

    June 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    She has a right to her views, As an American I have the right to disagree. That is the wonderful thing about America. We should be proud of that fact, just like in the song. The lyrics say it all.
    Sing the song, Sing it LOUDLY. Once we stop singing and appreciating the meaning in those lyrics, we start losing inch by inch our freedom.

    • Alan C Rohner

      June 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks Cherie W; I don’t think people realize God gave His Son Jesus
      to and for the entire world; it is simply up to the individual to do as he
      wishes with this gift. Thank You Father.

  9. God Bless The U.S.A.

    June 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

    GOD BLESS THE USA and every American regardless of their color, race, creed, gender, shape or size! Great Americans come in all varieties . Its the Un-Americans like this Traitor that we have to watch out for,they try to influence our children by teaching this sort of tripe! How many other countries change their way of life because they are afraid of offending outsiders!! If you want to live in this country honor its’ traditions or get out! NO MORE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!!!!!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA

  10. white_n_proud

    June 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Why do so may n1ggrs just plain hate our country? You want culture, you friggin’ monkeys? Go back to Africa! And take the Head N1gger In Charge back with you!

    • Russ

      June 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      This isn’t a race issue and your vile words just hurt everyone especially those appalled by this principals actions. You should be ashamed, but of you can’t be due to your ignorance…oh before you call me names know that I am a conservative white male.

    • gunz4all

      June 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Dude, you are one ignorant (read:STUPID) person. Although this is America and you have the right to say what you what, I also have the right to respond in the same manner, and I say your mama should of had that abortion.

  11. JJ

    June 11, 2012 at 7:29 am

    This story is so far past pathetic that this a$$h0le pricipal needs to get in her Toyota or Nissan and drive her sorry a$$ out of out country and she should be banned from celebrating the fourth of July or any other patriotic holiday. You offended your own country men and women. This has nothing to do with her race as I see shallow minded people are going that route.

    • tytysdad

      June 11, 2012 at 9:20 am

      I totally agree. That principle should be taken off the job. She’s not a true American.
      Yeah I can see her point but we were born here and we love our country.
      What’s next her banning the national anthem because she doesn’t like the lyrics.
      Tough cookies lady get over it, you’re an american. Go on get gone with your racist butt. Go bug someone else.
      I agree with JJ this has nothing to do with her race. She thinks that those lyrics are too grown up what about a 6 yr old singing “Low” by Flo Rida?
      Kids will eventually learn the difference and start asking questions.
      JJ is right, people are shallow if they wanna ban that song. It’s a song dedicated to the men and women of the armed services.
      Give it up let the kids sing it.

  12. Sean

    June 11, 2012 at 3:58 am

    SCREW other cultures! What about the one you’re really offending. OURS! THE UNITED F*ING STATES OF AMERICA! Are you kidding?

  13. 8xInfinity

    June 11, 2012 at 1:05 am

    “One teacher in charge of the song said that, “God Bless the USA” gave most kids goosebumps & teary-eyed feelings.”

    Haha, what? Since when? Only kids who grow up with the mentality of “our country is the only good one and the only one that matters” are going to get choked up over such a patronizing pile of saccharine garbage.

    It’s just not a good song. Most patriotic songs aren’t very good.

    • God Bless The U.S.A.

      June 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

      HEY 8xinfinity–What great songs has this a%*hole written . Suddenly he’s a song critic? You need to get out with the school teacher!!! we can help both of you leave the country if you need help!!!!!

  14. James Arthur

    June 11, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Hey Greta is definitely correct. This song would surely offend other cultures. Most assurely it would not be welcome at the Obama’s church of choice for over 20 years.

    Jeremiah Wright always said “God Darn (sp) the USofKKK!” Its a cultural thing! When you are as rabidly racist as ole Jeremiah you just naturally despise whites and of course any country that they might have founded!

  15. Philip Schmitten

    June 11, 2012 at 12:27 am

    As a 21 year veteran of the United States Air Force and served in three conflicts, helping to protect the American way of life, I have to say this story makes me sick. That principal should be replaced and quickly.

  16. Linda Sears

    June 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    This is absoultely appaling. What has happened to our country? It is just getting worse and I for one am sickened by this principal’s actions. This is America and the majority rules here. If I had a child going to this school I would protest loudly about this principal. She seems to think she can do and say anything because she is not white and that people would not dare to challenge her for fear of being called a racist. I challenge her and I am absulutely NOT RACIST! She should be removed as principal.

    • cherie w

      June 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      She has a right to voice her opinion. My question is this: why didnt the parents and other teachers stand up for their right to allow this song at the event! If we dont stand up to these anti American people, our freedom will slowly erode.

  17. sharinlite

    June 10, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Oh, another Obama type syncophant whose true religion if Black Liberation Theology just like Rev. Wright. You member, the pastor that the President and his wife listened to for 20 years and brought their children after they were born too? People like this should be fired and if they don;t like this country, move someplace else. I am sure the progs love her and decent, honest, hardworking folk don’t.

  18. Clint

    June 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    You have got to be kidding me!!! They are to young for the Star Spangled Banner, but old enough for a song about friends with benefits? My question is, if it was so that they would not offend offer cultures, she needs to remember the graduation is being held in the U.S. not another country.

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William Rick Singer’s Three Easy Ways To Get Into Great Universities; The College Admission Scheme

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The college admission scheme of William Rick SInger


The wealthy continue to define the line between them and the less fortunate because, apparently, even the most selective universities in the country can be bought—one way or the other.

Both parents and students alike are enraged after the turn of events involving 46 people on the most prominent college admissions cheating scheme in the country.

Those arrested include two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches from elite schools, one college administrator and 33 parents.

These wealthy parents are not sparing a penny to get their children to good universities, as a report says that the elaborate scheme amounted to around $25 million. 

“This is not a case where parents were acting in the best interests of their children. This is a case where parents flaunted their wealth, sparing no expense to cheat the system, so they can set their children up for success with the best education money can buy, literally,” said Joseph Bonavolonta, FBI Special Agent-in-Charge, at a press conference.

Dubbed as the FBI’s “Operation Varsity Blues,” the college admissions scheme worked in two ways. 

At the center of it all was William Rick Singer, founder of Edge College & Career Network a for-profit college prepper. Mr. Singer is also known as “The Key.”

Singer’s elaborate scam, allegedly, only needed three ways to get the undeserving rich into great universities. 

The first is through cheating. 

Getting high scores on standardized SAT and ACT examinations are one of the sure ways of sealing a spot at admission even in the most selective universities. 

In the case of Singer’s clients, he was the one ensuring the candidates get high scores. Parents would be advised to let their children take the examination on a given date so another person, who’s a lot smarter, can take the test for them. In some cases, the children’s answer sheets would be replaced with ones that have higher results. 

In instances that the student cannot take the exam themselves, one merely need to submit a sample of her penmanship. This was to guide the person taking the exam for them to doctor their penmanship well.

Academy Award nominee, Felicity Huffman had Singer’s people arrange her daughter’s exam, which gained a significant 400 points higher than her practice exam the previous year only for $15,000.

Huffman allegedly wanted to do the same for her younger daughter but decided to back away.

How did they get away with this? By bribing the proctors.

Bribes function a lot in Singer’s admissions scheme. Like in the case of the third way, students get into prestigious universities.

Students pretend to be athletes. 

If students’ SAT and ACT scores won’t help them make the cut, Singer turns average students into competitive athletes. 

Some practices even went great lengths to the extent of photoshopping their children’s photos into stock photos of athletes to make it seem more realistic. 

Singer would bribe university coaches to let Singer’s clients in the university by making a play that they are athletes that the university can benefit from.

However, coaches didn’t have the power to admit students, but they did have the capability to recommend students. So they did with the right push, and it’s not a student’s talents or skills.

This was the case with Lori Loughlin’s two daughters.

Loughlin, famous with her role in Full House between 1988 and 1995, paid a total of $500,000 for Singer’s services to get her two daughters—Isabella, 20, and Olivia, 19—to participate in the University of Southern California’s Crew team. However, both of Loughlin’s daughters never participated in crew, competitively or otherwise.

All of these were transacted through Singer’s nonprofit, Key Worldwide Foundation—a charity that supposedly functions as an educational prepper for underprivileged children who wants to get into colleges and universities.

Parents would easily siphon their payments, without tax, for Singer’s services by giving a hefty donation for the underserved kids in the foundation.

This crooked system has been going on since 2011 and may have produced graduates from prestigious universities during that time. This may not be the only system of college admission schemes, but let this sensationalized conspiracy serve as a warning to whoever wishes to cheat their way through life.

The arrest and the case made against the cheating, lying and the rich who try to curb their future through unjust and unlawful means is a reminder the hard work pays off, and not everything can be bought.

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Open Field Program Reawakens Black Academia In Chester County, South Carolina

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Black Academia Reawakens In Chester County, South Carolina

Brainerd Institute in Chester, South Carolina was the first and only school in the county for freed slaves and their children and was one of the largest and oldest institutions for Black students in the United States. It closed in 1939 and was up for sale. Actress Phylicia Rashad, daughter of a Brainerd’s alumni, purchased what remained of Brainerd Institute- Kulmer Hall.

Brainerd Institute started in 1866 as a school for freedman and was later named when Rev. Samuel Loomis established churches and schools among blacks near Chester on the Board of Missions of the Presbyterian Church’s order. Started as an elementary school, Brainerd soon expanded to ten grades by 1913 and was a four-year-high-school in the 1930s. When high school admission began to decline, it became Brainerd Junior College.

Public education later expanded in South Carolina, so opportunities for black student admission increased. The shift convinced the Presbyterian Church that Brainerd was no longer a necessity to the community. Reduction of entries and limited funds forced Brainerd to close in 1939.

With only Kulmer Hall as the only remaining building in the state, the property was up for sale. In the late 1990s, a local group was interested in preserving the school. Actress Phylicia Rashad and her sister, dancer Debbie Allen answered the call for support. They bought the only remaining building left of Brainerd in honor of their mother, Vivian Ayers Allen.

Not only Ayers Allen is an alumna of Brainerd’s final graduating class of 1939, but both of her parents were from Brainerd Institute as well. Allen grew up across the street from the school. On numerous occasions, she would bring her daughters to her childhood neighborhood, where they would spend their evenings dancing on the campus grounds. It’s no doubt why Brainerd Institute is very close to the family’s heart.

When Ayers Allen learned that her Alma Mater was on sale and could be redeveloped into apartment complexes, she felt like “someone has to do something.” And so her daughters, Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen bought the remaining Kumler Hall and had both hosted fundraising events for the restoration of the hall.

While Kumler Hall is currently under reconstruction, Ayers Allen and her daughters are using the campus’ green spaces for the Open Field Program. The program was first launched in Houston until it was brought to Brainerd. It started in 2017 as the first summer literacy workshop, held on the school’s fields and will continue in summer 2018. The program allows preschoolers to explore its interactive curriculum. Moreover, it offers lessons, workshops, and guest speakers that make students feel more like they are at camp than at school.

Ayers Allen and her daughters are committed to restoring Chester’s tradition of providing education to those in need. The three women will continue to restore Kumler Hall so someday, the Open Fields will become a year-long program that preserves and shares Brainerd Institute’s academic, artistic, and cultural contributions within the community.

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Grammar Schools Are Disproportionately Benefiting From Condition Improvement Fund

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UK Government Is Using Fund For School Repairs For Grammar Schools Expansion

The main priority for Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) of the United Kingdom is to address significant requirements of schools by building compliance, improving poor building condition, and expanding existing facilities or floor spaces. However, Comprehensive Future discovered that grammar schools are disproportionately benefiting from CIF.

The fund is a government incentive that provides funding for specific improvements of schools and academies that has a significant impact on pupils’ progress. Applicants can apply for funding through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) via an online portal.

Three main criteria are used by the government to specify whether a school should receive funding. First is the project need, where schools are assessed to determine the bulk of the funding. Second, project planning, where applicants need to show that the risks are understood and the solutions are attainable. The last test is the value of money; there will be an assessment of the breakdown of costs to see if they meet the demands of work.

In 2016, it has been reported that twenty grammar schools are given financial resources to construct new buildings, while only nineteen comprehensive schools are funded. Later in 2017, there were eight projects for grammar school classroom expansion, while only seven projects for comprehensive schools were approved. There are only 163 grammar schools and more than 3,200 comprehensive schools in the country.

Last year, applicants for CIF were more than 3,800 schools, but there are only 1435 of these applicants successfully received funding. Melissa Benn, chair of Comprehensive Future, reported that many of the 2,200 projects that got turned down last year are with a clear and urgent need for essential repair and renovation. Benn said that the government had funded grammar schools millions for building new science blocks, sports halls, and sixth form centers.

Given the fact that there are only 163 grammar schools in the country, Benn said that “it makes no sense” that the government is approving more projects in grammar schools than comprehensive schools.

Benn said that the way the government has used CIF is “secretive and undemocratic.” She aforementioned that they are aware of the government’s plans of funding grammar schools £50 million for further expansion, but based from the results of the CIF; it appears that the government has been using the fund for similar means.

“The Conservative government’s obsession with grammar schools, despite the now overwhelming evidence that selective schools damage the education of most children and add no real benefit even to those who go to them, suggests that they care more about the minority of children who pass the 11-plus than the majority attending comprehensive schools,” Benn concluded.

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