A New York City school principal has stirred controversy by telling the outgoing Kindergarten class that they may not perform Lee Greenwood’s God Bless The USA at their “moving up” ceremony. The principal said, “We don’t want to offend other cultures.”
She apparently has no issue with another song in the kid’s repertoire – something called Baby by Justin Beiber. For those, like me, not familiar with this one, the NY Post describes it as a “flirty song about teen romance” with lyrics such as “Are we an item? Girl, quit playing.”
A spokeswoman for the Dept. of Education stepped in to defend the struggling principal regarding Greenwood’s song, saying the principal had found the lyrics “too grown up.” No word on those offended other cultures, but at least I can agree with her on the age appropriateness issue. But aren’t the lyrics to Beiber’s song too grown up for five year olds too?
What I really want to know is don’t they teach the kids My Country Tis of Thee and the Chicken Dance anymore?
It would certainly keep NY City principals out of hot water.