Michigan school replaces Heroes mural of Einstein and Mother Teresa with Oprah and Obama

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The dictionary defines a “hero” or “heroine” as “A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.”
South Arbor Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving kindergarten through 8th grade in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Todd Starnes reports for Fox News, Nov. 13, 2014, that for years, boys and girls at South Arbor Charter Academy have been inspired by Heroes Hall – a corridor featuring murals that honored a diverse group of national and global heroes – including Albert Einstein, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and the astronauts who were killed when the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded over Texas.
But many parents are furious after the principal had the murals replaced with paintings of Barack Obama, Oprah, Maya Angelou, Walt Disney, and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. (
hero mural
Parent Craig Bergman said, “This is no longer a hall of heroes. Now we have a hall of celebrities.” Bergman said the school’s new mural really transforms the concept of what makes a person a hero: “The mere fact that you have talent doesn’t mean you are a hero. I want someone who made a life investment – perhaps they even sacrificed their life – so that our society and so our world could be a better place.”
Parent Todd Holliday said the new mural sends the wrong message to children in the K-8 school: “My biggest concern is my kid seeing these murals for the next four years – thinking they represent what a hero is. They might be successful business people but they aren’t really heroes.”
School spokesperson Jennifer Hoff said it was part of an intentional shift from “historical heroes” to “modern-day heroes” — “Heroes Hall has been a part of the school’s fabric for years. In fact, the old mural had been on the wall for at least 11 years. As with all things over time, it was showing its age from the activities of being an active school and needed some repair.”
Hoff said the new Heroes Hall is a “tangible way for students to see that despite circumstances in life, you can achieve great things through hard work, dedication, and the moral focus virtues” — virtues that emphasize “wisdom, respect, gratitude, self-control, perseverance, courage, encouragement, compassion and integrity.”
And the new heroes, she insists, embody those virtues: Rowling shows the children wisdom, Steve Jobs shows the children integrity, Oprah represents compassion, Disney represents courage, and Maya Angelou shows the children perseverance. As for Obama – well he shows the children encouragement because “Our goal all along is to encourage our students to believe in themselves, work hard and be brave enough to dream.”
Bergman said the principal appointed a blue-ribbon panel of four staffers to select who the new heroes should be: “There was no parental involvement. The principal of the school hand-picked and self-appointed (the group). Once they gave her their final decisions, she solely approved the list. Previously, it was very well-balanced and respected a lot of different thoughts. Instead, it’s become more of a political issue. There’s definitely a certain genre of pictures here.” Bergman says the celebrities who replaced the old heroes “may be some of the most influential people in American history, but they are not heroes.”

Kim Bondy, principal

Kim Bondy, principal

The principal of South Arbor Charter Academy is Kim Bondy.

  • Address: 8200 Carpenter Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
  • Phone: 734-528-2821
  • Fax: 734-528-2829


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0 responses to “Michigan school replaces Heroes mural of Einstein and Mother Teresa with Oprah and Obama

  1. Modern day heroes, eh? Where’s Chesley Sullenburger, the passengers of Flight 93 who said “Let’s roll!” on 9/11, anyone who’s gotten a Medal of Honor lately?

  2. Reblogged this on Liberty Watcher.

  3. “you can achieve great things through hard work, dedication, and the moral focus virtues” – virtues that emphasize “wisdom, respect, gratitude, self-control, perseverance, courage, encouragement, compassion and integrity.”
    Okay-what does ANY of that have to do with Obama?? I give Oprah and the others a PROVISIONAL pass,because they overcame adversity to become successful,(So have a Million others we never hear about.)but that does not a hero make.

    • I’ll bet the “blue-ribbon panel of four staffers” was the lunch lady, the janitor, the assistant principal and the crazy English teacher who didn’t get enough of the ’60s…

  4. Another charter school…which is tax funded with our dollars, but doesn’t have to report to the local school board…doesn’t anyone realize this is taxation without representation? Didn’t we fight the revolutionary war over this very thing? And remember people, we have Fetullah Gulen (Muslim) charter schools, we have Waldorf (Rudolph Steiner’s Anthroposophical Society) charter schools, we have Chinese charter schools, and several others which promote anti-American, anti-Christian propaganda. The fact that this charter has actually replaced two heroes with Obama and Oprah is very telling. Last year we had an opportunity to study the books used in our local schools, and there was no reference to our founders in history books, and now the founders are being referred to as racists.
    I often wonder if the former great quality and character of our American citizens will ever return to what we once were. The decline has become so rapid today, and so few people really understand our losses.

  5. Wow! I’ve been rereading Robert Bork’s book, Slouching Towards Gomorrah. Talk about an honest evaluation of America’s downhill slide to oblivion! This is the book that should be required reading for our high schools!

    • Nah I have a better book Pnordman, “Rules for Radicals” By Saul Alinsky I’m sure Obama and Oprah would both approve and the whole Luciferian Party for that matter.

  6. In all seriousness, I believe that Oprah Winfrey has a demon problem. I believe she is possessed, and I came to that conclusion years before she pronounced that old white men “just have to die.” Why do I say this?
    I gave Oprah a fair hearing years ago, watching her TV show. It soon became clear to me that she was constantly demonizing men. Her patina of “nice” didn’t fool me. Then came her show re.: Is Jesus the only way to salvation? Her conclusion (“no”) was alarming. It seems to me Oprah is following her guidelines as a broadcaster; But her agenda is a downer. As a man, I resent it.
    At any rate, former Sen. Fred Thompson is correct: We have got to get over this absurd and irrational fear of offending anyone but God or the straight white male. But as the West and America are circling the drain, I expect it. I hate it, but I expect it.

  7. It’s all of a piece. Destroy the notion of objective truth; create an environment in which violence and deceit are regarded as acceptable means to an end; make an ever-escalating torrent of words, phrases, and concepts unspeakable; destroy the concept of heroism…have I left anything out? This is the foundation of Western civilization they’re gnawing away at, and they’ve gotten rather deeply into it.

  8. Very predictable for a bunch of democrats. These are the kinds of people they worship, often times in place of even God. Liberalism really is a mental illness that is being force fed to children through public schools.

    • actually oprah on a number of occasions referred to obunko as the messiah. and that 2bit black actor Jamie fox said “now lets here it for our lord and savior barak Obama” the crowd went all chimpout with applause over that statement. 40=50 years ago fox would have been pulled off stage and tar and feathered for that bit of blasphemy
      out heroes have been replaced by a bunch of demon possessed gang banging black rappers like kanye west, etc or drug addled black sports figures who beat up girlfriends on cam
      this is our future….heaven help the human race and former US of A

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  10. What, no Kardashian?

  11. Thank you Dr. Epwyn for this amazing post. God help us!

  12. The truth hurts but they know they are an inferior race and no matter how many trillions of dollars of out taxpayer money they throw at making them look as good as white or Asians they will fail and know it so drag us all down to their level…..oprah and obunko two big anti-heroes if I ever saw them. oprah. Jackson, holder, Jarrett, etc are nothing but race baiting windbags….but dangerous ones all the same

  13. Given that it is Michiganistan, I’m just surprised the mural wasn’t Mohammed and his camel.

  14. Steven, I do believe you are so right about satanic influences with these people. Has God removed His protecting Hand from the nation? I think so….

  15. I’m so sick of these clueless dingbat principals & school boards. I’m equally sick of dingbat celebdom/dumb.
    Yes, children,
    –Rowling can teach you Witchcraft,
    –Disney can teach you Subliminal Imaging, Freemasonry, & Wizardry,
    –Angelou can teach you False Piety,
    –Obama can teach you Hypocrisy & How NOT to be Your Real Self,
    –and Oprah can teach you Compromising of Ethics & Principles, New Age Lies, Lifelong Fornication, Social Engineering, Greed & Power.
    –Isn’t our new Hall of Heroes Wonderful? (asks the Commie-brainwashed staff of four)!
    And when you graduate & go job hunting, be sure to apply at Harpo:
    11/13/14: “An open letter to Oprah, whose ‘The Life You Want’ tour asked me to work for Free”:
    (Lol, just saw that letter yesterday via a tweet; good letter! & the comments, too. A lot of people are awake re Oprah!)


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