President Obama should release the complete text of his planned speech to schoolchildren.
And let parents decide for themselves whether or not they want their kids to participate, after being informed about what he's going to say. If it could be proven that The President of the United States was going to be completely apolitical, they'd be easier to ridicule.
I support the notion of the President of the United States addressing children soon after their return to public schools, and private schools should they choose to participate. I should qualify the previous sentence by adding that I support it ONLY if the words he speaks to the children are wholly devoid of any political aspect whatsoever. In fact, I'd support it as a matter of normal return to school procedure.
I don't think parents would be arguing about this to the degree they are if they knew in advance what was going to be said.
Personally, I'd be pissed if my six year old came home talking about what he/she had heard The President of the United States say concerning any matter currently before Congress, or anything that could be construed as election campaign information.
9. I don't care who it is. I don't want ANYONE talking political points to my child while he/she's
in school. I don't think it's about a "scary black man" at all. I couldn't give a fuck about his color, and frankly, I'm tired of hearing about what color he is. He's also half-white. I think it's political ideology they're afraid of.
As I stated before, I would wholly get behind the notion of The President of the United States welcoming students back to school every year, and informing them of what we expect from them as they work their way toward being productive citizens. I'd support it as long as it was devoid of any hint of political ideology.
of public school and teach them at home!! That is the ONLY way in isolate your precious little people. WTF are you doing about history class, social studies, government class? HELLO are you marching into the class room demanding to see lesson plans and give them a thumbs up or down before they can be taught? NO? Why the hall not? It's your "right" as a parent to protect your kiddies. HOMESCHOOLING is the only answer for nitwits like you.
24. I see a lot of true colors being exposed here on DU
I certainly hope people are paying attention. I am not an Obama cheerleader and have certainly been a harsh critic of him. However, I wouldn't think twice about my child listening to a speech. ANY alleged liberal/progressive who doesn't at least trust him THAT much is neither of what they "claim" to be.
16. I would hope that would be the context but we really don't know -
- which is why I don't understand why a summary hasn't been released. If I had an elementary aged child, I would not want any politician - any president - addressing them regarding matters before congress or anything of a political nature. My son is older so it's not a concern with him. I think this would be better received if a summary was released by the White House prior to the address.
14. I think the problem is with the recommended materials for teachers
for the follow up discussion which include having the students answer "What can I do to help the President?" and making posters that include quotes of President Obama. I understand why RWers would be upset at this as I would be upset if those same questions/quotes were being asked when bush was in office. The speech itself ... not so much.
42. "Department of Education Edits Out "Help The President" From Classroom Materials On Upcoming Speech
Department of Education Edits Out "Help The President" From Classroom Materials On Upcoming Speech
The Department of Education has now changed their supplementary materials on President Obama's upcoming address to schoolchildren on the importance of education -- eliminating a phrase that some conservatives, such as the Florida GOP, happened to have been bashing as evidence of socialist indoctrination in our schools.
In a set of bullet points listed under a heading, "Extension of the Speech," one of the points used to say: "Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals."
However, that bullet point now reads as follows: "Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short‐term and long‐term education goals. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals."
As I learned during my interview today with Florida GOP press secretary Katie Gordon, the bit about "help the president" was turned by conservatives into an example of socialist political indoctrination. I thought the "Extension of the Speech" heading made the context clear enough -- that it's in relation to Obama's speech about working hard in school -- but nevertheless it was raising eyebrows. The new version is now unambiguously related to those educational goals.
I asked Department of Education deputy press secretary Sandra Abrevaya why this was done, and whether it might have been in response to any political attacks. "We clarified some of the language," Abrevaya told me in an e-mail.
15. The problem with that is of course that anything the President says has political content
or certainly overtones at minimum. I'm seeing a fair number of people claiming that any parent who doesn't want their kids to hear/watch it is a racist, and that might be the case, but if the media event was orchestrated by ... say, Neil Bush who has a very vested interest in America's schools, that argument would have to be modified...a lot.
If the argument is simply that the President must be accommodated, fine but it's a far cry from how GWB's pronouncements were greeted by us Dems.
he`s going to tell kids that their parents need to help him pass the socialist health care! he`s going to tell the kids to rat out their parents if they have guns! he`s going to convince the kids to join the socialist communist party!
and they did it during Bush term and Reagan term and Clintons term and as long as I can remember. Heck last year, my kids elementary school held a mock election.
If this really bothers you, then you should be for getting rid of all references to the current government/ current events in schools unless the parents have given consent. After all there is a chance of political indoctrination there.
46. Just to clarify - I have NO PROBLEM with the speech or any Presidents
speech to students so long as it is in the same nature as President Obama's upcoming address. My problem is with the recommended materials which ask the students to answer the question "What can I do to help the President?" and making posters with quotes by President Obama. I would keep my children home if Bush had such an event so I can understand how those opposed to President Obama would feel strongly about it as well.
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