Open Letter to Superintendent Ahmadi,
An email regarding the PUSD Board Update of 6/19/12 was received today. I strongly disagree with the District Vision statement: Every student will be a resourceful, resilient, responsible and engaged world citizen.
It may be true that some pupils attending PUSD are not US citizens, however, our students must be taught American values and the importance of engaging in civil society as Americans. The term “world citizen” is meaningless and usually disapproves of nationalism and citizenship altogether. Every nation is different and each culture has its own values, may of which are very different from American values.
American values are unique among nations and history: "Liberty," "In God We Trust," and "E Pluribus Unum". As simple to discover as looking at a coin. PUSD should be defining, discussing, and educating our students on American values, not as engaged "world citizens".
My problem with the Vision statement may seem trivial but our children will notice the distinction between “world citizen” and being instructed in our American values and engaging in an American civil society. The Vision statement must be changed to reflect our American values and society.