Sep 18, 2009

Caught in the Middle

Someone near Detroit, Michigan, called and asked: “Do you know that poor guy, Jerry McCullough, the school superintendent in Arlington? I said “Yes, as a matter of fact I was at a breakfast meeting with him on Wednesday and had lunch with him on Thursday.” Why would anyone from Michigan call a Texan about a local news story concerning a church and public school? Below is a story that that has disturbed far too many.

Six days after drawing fire for not showing President Barack Obama’s speech to schoolchildren, Arlington Superintendent Jerry McCullough announced Monday that he also will not be allowing 600 fifth-graders to attend a Super Bowl event next week featuring former President George W. Bush.

McCullough made national headlines – and issued an apology - last week after it was discovered that he didn’t allow students to watch Obama's speech live, but that the district had previously approved a fifth-grade field trip to the new Cowboys Stadium on Sept. 21, where Bush is scheduled to speak during a Super Bowl XLV kickoff event.

For those of you who do not know Jerry McCullough he is the fellow who has managed to unite each extreme wing of American politics. Dwight and Mrs. Vera McKissic who on the one side graciously said, “we accept the apology of AISD School Superintendent, Jerry McCullough” after demanding an apology and Mark Davis who opined: “Under absurd pressure that should have been dismissed with ease, Superintendent Jerry McCullough buckled, yanking this opportunity [to hear former President and Mrs. Bush] from hundreds of kids to appease the gods of political correctness” at least agree on this much: Jerry is an futile leader.

Where is the sanity? Circumstances put Jerry McCullough in the position of an umpire in a pressure packed game—whatever call he makes the other team thinks, conspiracy, incompetence, or bungling. Jerry never had a chance.

I know Jerry McCullough and he is a good and kind human being who is taking a public beating for decisions that scores of other people no doubt made. I am not sure what the answer is or could have been, but I find it ironic that when we involve our children, adults and their desires/demands can look so childish.

I like what the prophet suggests when he tells us what the Lord says, “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18, KJV). Perhaps this might be an example from which school children could learn.


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