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Opinion: No special treatment for students with honor song

A former principal says Indian students shouldn't get "special treatment" with an honor song:
The YST asks why I support the Chamberlain school system’s graduation ceremony decision.

When I came to Wagner in 1976 as the new 7-12 principal, I initiated a program I called “Seventh Grade Orientation.” For 21 years, my opening comment alluded to all of the students as “Red Raiders.” All would be treated as equals with no regard for race or who one’s parents were. All issues would be consistent. On the street today, I often hear from former students, “Maybe I didn’t agree with you on something, but you always treated everyone the same way.” I take this as a compliment.

Perhaps I was wrong, but that’s how I wanted it. No special treatment. That’s why I feel the way I do about Chamberlain’s graduation procedure. I don’t handle the special recognition of race as being an issue very well.

Get the Story:
Roger Wiltz: Race should not mean specialized treatment (The MItchell Daily Republic 6/16)

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