Flag not a detriment to teaching or learning

Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 1:39 a.m.
If there was any question as to the possibility of Florida's state university system having been infiltrated by self-loathing left-wing extremists intent on robbing Americans of their national identity, Richard Burt's May 26 letter ("Flags in the classroom: a lesson in nonsense") removes all doubt.
I can only imagine the sheer terror that pierced through the very core of professor Burt's blue-stater soul when he first laid eyes upon an American flag (gasp!) in a classroom . . . in Florida, which is . . . in the United States of America! (double gasp!) Holy seditious socialists, Batman, who could be responsible for such a heinous plot!?
Burt then proceeds to make a nonsensical analogy comparing flags teaching patriotism to a Coke machine teaching capitalism. I could see how this might make sense to someone who views our symbol of national identity as nothing more than a piece of cloth, but as anyone who loves this country knows, our flag is much more.
I would agree that anything that distracts a professor from teaching has no place in the classroom, but a professor who is distracted by an American flag has no business teaching anybody anything. Burt claims that old glory also distracts students from learning, then fails to cite one example.
No, Richard, professors don't teach patriotism, as you have just proven, they do the exact opposite.
Frank White Gainesville

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