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TX High School Students Made to Recite Mexican National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance





Students in a Texas public high school were made to stand up and recite the Mexican national anthem and Mexican pledge of allegiance as part of a Spanish class assignment, but the school district maintains there was nothing wrong with the lesson.



It happened last month in an intermediate Spanish class at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas — a city located about 10 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.



(Related: Listen to Glenn Beck interview the father of the girl who refused to recite the pledge)



Wearing red, white and green, students had to memorize the Mexican anthem and pledge and stand up and recite them in individually in front of the class.



That didn’t go over well with sophomore Brenda Brinsdon. The 15-year-old sat down and refused to participate.



“I just thought it was out of hand, I didn’t think it was right,” she told The Blaze. “Reciting pledges to Mexico and being loyal to it has nothing to do with learning Spanish.”



She said she was particularly offended because the presentations in teacher Reyna Santos’s class took place during “Freedom Week,” the week after the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and on U.S. Constitution Day — the same day as Mexico’s Independence Day.



“Why are we doing their independence when it‘s Freedom Week and it’s also Constitution Day?” Brinsdon said.



Brinsdon said she complained to the school principal, Yvette Cavazo, who told her it was part of the curriculum and that she should participate. Her father, William, also got involved, calling the school district superintendent to complain.



When Brenda made clear she would not stand up and recite the pledge, she was given an alternative assignment: an essay on the history of the Mexican revolution.



Meanwhile, other students continued with their presentations, which took place over the course of several days.



When Brinsdon talked to Santos — a first-year teacher at Achieve — about her new assignment, the teacher told her she grew up in Mexico.



“She told me that she loved Mexico,” Brinsdon said.



School district spokesman Mark May defended the presentations, saying it’s a state requirement for upper-level language classes to teach about foreign culture.



According to the state’s Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards, students are expected to gain “knowledge and understanding” of other cultures and use the language to demonstrate understanding of different practices and perspectives. There are no specific requirements about learning to recite pledges or anthems.



May said it’s up to the teacher how to interpret and teach the standards.



“It wasn’t required to pledge loyalty and renounce the U.S., they were simply spreading the culture of another country,” May told The Blaze. “In my mind it’s no different from memorizing a poem or memorizing a passage from Shakespeare.”



William Brinsdon took issue with that notion, saying if that’s the case it cheapens the pledge.



“You‘re taking their allegiance and their oath from Mexico and cheapening it just as a grade or words don’t mean anything,” he said.



May reiterated that the lesson was all done within the context of meeting the state requirements, and that the school did its duty providing Brenda with an alternative assignment when she objected.



“The students came away with a better understanding of the culture, heritage and customs of a neighboring country where Spanish is the primary language,” he said.



May added that the lesson was “well received” by other students and parents.



“There’s always going to be people that always feel a little bit differently,” May said.



William Brinsdon is still having a hard time fathoming the idea of reciting foreign pledges and anthems in a U.S. public school in the first place.



“Our kids don’t even know the [American] national anthem and here we are…teaching them to memorize and perform the national anthem for Mexico,” he said. “I just think it’s so backwards.”


Added: Oct-17-2011 Occurred On: Oct-17-2011
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  • They are learning Spanish so why aren't they learning about Spain? If they want to learn Mexican culture they should be learning how to decapitate people and dump their bodies on the road and how to smuggle drugs. How many Mexican kids learning English are reciting the American oath of allegiance?

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    • @kerbel1 you sir are a remedial nincum-fucking-poop...have you forgotten how you crackers came to be here in ''USA''? by decapitating people and dumping their bodies and raping their women and children and horses and skinning native men from neck to heel to make horsereins and then naming an nfl team about it generations later...? how about how your kind in the name of god and jesus sodomized little native children in boarding schools funded by the government and how the BIA [bureau of indian af More..

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    • @sobrelosolas Loved your rant, truly one of the most incomprehensible piles of drivel I have been lucky enough to encounter on Live Leak. Just one problem though, I'm not from the US so your verbal diarrhea really meant nothing to me at all. ROFL you fail on so many levels. Please have another hit of your crack pipe and see how you go..

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  • I understand maybe they are learning Spanish, but I wouldn't recite another country's anthem just because some teacher wanted me to.

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  • Reciting a countries pledge of allegiance is a pledge of allegiance; isn't that treason? lol

    If it was the national anthem or something it would be fine since it is purely educational. If you disagree then consider how you would sound if you were arguing over whether or not it is okay to know what a nation's national bird was.

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    • @camy011 well if you are so aware of these things, what was this continent called before invading whites came murdering and burning things...? if you cant answer that or you think it doesnt even deem answering then you are a deluded brainwashed european...

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    • @sobrelosolas Explain your point to me because I see no logical correlation to what I said. When did I claim I was "so aware of things"?

      I do not know what the continents name is other then North America. It is irrelevant because the only purpose in the label is to distinguish a definable land mass. Whether you define it to the word North America or any other word is unimportant; the understanding behind the word remains.

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    • @sobrelosolas HISTORY BOOK

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  • Teacher should be fired immediately!!!

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    • @555chevy And the parents of these kids would agree with you. Something the idiots running our government-education system don't want you to know, is that immigrants don't want this stuff in our schools. They want their kids to learn English and become Americans so that they have the best chance at a better life.

      Leftists don't like that because they need the segregation of multiculturalism in order to maintain their chokehold on the minority vote. It's the biggest reason they want to subvert l More..

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    • @ST0N3PONY bullshit
      so you are telling me that all of them just want to forget their own history and only acknowledge that of the white man because you are just too fucking awesome? shut the fuck up its always the same stupid shit with you pony...so then tell me why was the ICWA enacted in 1978 if we should all just assimilate into being white soulless pieces of shit such as you...lmao thats the most white supremacy cracker shit i think you have typed here at LL yet...no one paying attention to More..

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    • @sobrelosolas Sorry little feeb, you're a brainwashed little moron. What I said is backed up by the polls. Legal hispanic immigrants support AZ immigration law, and reject spanish language teaching in public schools. It's a fact. And, you're a retarded little racist piece of shit moron, another fact.

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    • @ST0N3PONY
      that delete option is sooo... tempting!!

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    • @aranger45 Let these idiots put their nonsense on display. They only hurt themselves. IMO.

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  • Next time let them recite the US anthem - in Spanish.

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  • I think the teacher is wrong to make the students do this.

    In my HS Latin class we had to learn the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance and recite it. I have never used Latin once in my life other than that class and over 30 years later I can still remember the Pledge in Latin.

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    • @RickBond that is not latin silly hoht thaw koy... that is ''spanish'', you know the other europeans who came here and raped natives and now what you have are these...?they are better than you though because they are part native...

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    • @sobrelosolas

      I don't know WTF you're trying to say.

      I took Spanish, German, French and Latin simultaneously in Jr. HS as "In introduction to Foreign Language" in HS. WTF is your point?

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    • @sobrelosolas Better? You didn't even have a written language. If it were up to you, fire would be the height of American technology today.

      Thank goodness most Indians are better people than idiot little retarded brainwash victims like you.

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    • @sobrelosolas HISTORY BOOK

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  • This stuff pisses me off.

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  • "May added that the lesson was “well received” by other students and parents." WEll NO SHIT...I would bet that since its Mcallen that those other students and parents are probably wetbacks. Why do those dirtbags illegally come to this country just so they can still suck the dick of the country they fled? They should have a huge catapult and just load them up and shoot them back across the border...Maybe they will land on a drug cartel member and both will die.

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    • @splicer so what? you are illegal european anchor babies...WHITEBACKS...so you think it is so bad for them to want to teach them a little of their own history in a land stolen from indians by whites? they are here for the same reason your murderous european horse fucking pedophile ancestors fled your original shithole for, that ripped native children from their mothers sides at 5 years old and forced them to learn YOUR anthem and speak YOUR european invader language or be beaten sodomized or eve More..

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    • @sobrelosolas YOU SHOULD TRY READING A HISTORY BOOK ONCE IN A WHILE

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    • @sobrelosolas I would answer back with logic and facts...but you are just too fucking stupid to waste my time with.

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  • I agree on both sides: No American student should ever have to do this under any circumstances.

    and

    Using the pledge as 'nothing different than reciting Shakespear' does disrespect the Mexican pledge of allegiance and reduces it's weight to nothing but a few sentences. It means something and our TEACHERS need to understand that simple fact. It disrespects both sides of the border.

    Now I ask this: What kind of firestorm would we see if the teacher thought of "just using" the 10 Comma More..

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  • Fuck Mexico!

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  • Mexicans zieg hiel?..who knew..

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  • The koran will be a mandatory book in public schools soon.

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  • what is this mexican nazi salute ?

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  • I understand maybe they are learning Spanish, but I wouldn't recite another country's anthem just because some teacher wanted me to.

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  • Bringing it down from the inside

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  • If Mexico is so great, how come 5 million flee from there every year?

    Shame on Mexico for NOT doing more for its own citizens.

    I guess being a Narco-State is what you want.

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    • @kingrasta you should live here a couple years, then you will be able to say your opinion.

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    • @BertoRoberto Really Mr. Fox? Call your country out!!! Riot in your streets bro? Where are your sit-ins, where is your countries awakening??? the rest of the third world shit-holes are, how come you guys can't get up from your nap;s and go out and take your country back dude???

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    • @BertoRoberto Mexican pride!! You will never call your corrupt country out!!! It shows weakness, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL!

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    • @kingrasta
      Dude, calm down. Mexico's history is different to that of the US. Mexico had the corrupt and arrogant spaniards to lay the base of what is now Mexico. The Aztecs or Mayas would have never permitted the rampant corruption and stupidity that now reigns in that country. And dont generalize! Peace out man :)

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    • @Donkeyman Bro!! Thanks for the history lesson, but that was hundreds of years ago with the hated Spanish. Who owns Mexico? Can you give me another history lesson? I will be in the front row waiting.

      We need to pressure the Mexican government more!

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  • Fuck Mexico

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  • Why do these idiots always think Spanish = Mexico? If you are to learn proper spanish then you'd want to teach about Spain.

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    • @Gunner IYAOYAS
      LMAO! You fool! I know Spanish and I learned in Mexico, my Dad as well! And if you speak the way the spaniards talk, they have a hard time understanding you in ANY central or south America country, they prefer the way Mexican people speak and I know that for a fact!
      but I believe you never been there!

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  • cheap labor force. the money makers could care less what they believe in or honor.

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  • "Prometo lealtad a los cárteles de la droga, y al infestada de ratas de mierda, o pendejoes borracho y pendejas de todo tipo..."

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  • THIS IS NOT THE MEXICAN ATHEM, THEY TALK SOMETHING ABOUT MEX, BUT WHY IN USA? HELLO FROM MEXICO CITY

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  • WHAT IS THIS? QUE ES ESTO?

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  • The US should give back the land it wrongfully stole from Mexico during the Mexican War. That land is rightfully Mexico's, and all profits gotten from gold and the California economy belong to Mexico. The USA should pay TRILLIONS in REPARATIONS! And a PUBLIC apology should be given by SHRUB! And then we wouldn't have my Mexican Brothers dying in trucks in Texas, another rightful property of MEXICO! Whitey would be dying to GET INTO US!

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    • @The_Illuminati once again i like your posts alot but am here to tell you that you are dead wrong. this was not originally mexican land. this is the land of 500 nations...this is the land of those tribes...the mexica being one of many. so to say that is not accurate. this was never mexico nor is it ''america'' just the temporary occupiers have hijacked the real name for a bit...theyre on their way out though just look at the white american birth rate...man i never get tired of saying that lol

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    • @sobrelosolas
      Oh Thanks! I almost forgot

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    • @sobrelosolas And our saving grace is that illiterate little racists like you never make it in to positions of power. Keep cashing your welfare check. It's the best you're ever going to get.

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    • @The_Illuminati YOU SHOULD START A HISTORY BOOK CLUB WITH SOBRELOSALAS. OR MAYBE JUST PICK ONE UP BY YOURSELF AND READ IT

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    • @sobrelosolas
      Dont listen to that dweeb.
      The corrupt Mason (Santana) and Mexico's lack of unity failed to keep that territory, anyway, very litlle people lived there, it was underpopulated. Mexicans should look after what they have now....let alone want more for their despot masters.

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