Readers, there is a proper time and place for political propaganda. All savvy politicians use words and images as a political device in order to reach sympathetic masses. However, it is NEVER the proper time or place for propaganda when it involves a child’s classroom.
America’s youth have always been among the keenest contestants for the Barack Obama Show. Barry played his magic flute as youngsters of all voting ages floated through the inner-city gangways dodging bullets and mayhem just to get to their polling sites. Apple store customers were in a trance as Obama gave his famous Greek Temples speech on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.s “I had a Dream” speech from an iPod, without mentioning Martin Luther King Jr.’s name even once. Now that takes a very special (arrogant) sort of person, now doesn’t it?
Looking at the political involvement of the youth generation in America is key to understanding forthcoming trends in voting. It is evident by the results of the latest Rasmussen poll that the youth who voted for Obama were not wiser than their time. He was not the leader that would bring positive change to America and his declining numbers prove it.
The Obama White House knows this and will continue to rely upon the “young and uninformed” vote to re-elect him in 2012. However this latest stunt by the President Obama, a September 8th address to America’s school children is bordering on the ridiculous. How young do you go?
From Town Hall.com
by Michael Medved
September 2, 2009
My wife Diane seldom gets upset about politics. But President Barack Obama’s recent demonstration of megalomania in insisting on beginning the school year by simultaneously addressing all public school kids in the United States elicited a concise response: “it’s sick.”
In addition to her Ph.D. in psychology, Diane holds an M.A. in Education, and both primary and secondary teaching credentials in California. She has raised and educated our three kids, each of whom received some combination of home schooling, parochial education, and public schools. What bothers her (and many courageous teachers across the country) is the crude attempt by the Department of Education and the White House to blur all distinctions between education and cult-of-personality propaganda.
On September 8th (the first day of classes for many school kids) the President will address them live about the importance of education. The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning, declares an announcement from Washington. The Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, sent a directive to teachers and administrators declaring: “This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation’s school children about persisting and succeeding in school. We encourage you to use this historic moment to help your students get focused and begin the school year strong. I encourage you, your teachers, and students to join me in watching the President deliver this address on Tuesday, September 8, 2009.”
To prepare for this great event, the Department of Education orders teachers in Grades 7 to 12 to ask their students: Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us? After the great event, the department suggests that teachers of younger students (Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6) should instruct their students to write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These should be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.
For those who consider this an appropriate use of classroom time at the very beginning of the school year, ask yourself the question: how would you respond had President Bush ordered teachers to get students to write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president?
Grades 7-12 eh? Let’s see in 8th grade you are about 14 years of age. In the 12th grade which is the final year of high school, you are about to be of voting age. My talented blogger friend Stilton Jarlsberg creator of Hope N’ Change Cartoons perfectly illustrates everything I want to express concerning this matter:
I am not a parent but if I were, I would keep my child home from school on September 8th. I would spend the day at a museum or doing volunteer work. If you are the parent of a school aged child please follow this link to this website, which outlines the lesson plan President Obama wishes the teachers to follow on this day. This script may seem harmless but remember, this is the same administration that told people to report “fishy” citizens who are spreading “disinformation” about health care reform. Just say NO to this Obama address to your children.
As a girl, I do recall watching national events on television during classroom time. I watched President Carter get inaugurated, In 1978 Pope John Paul II visited the United States and Sister Mary had us all sitting Indian style around a 18 inch television set with graham crackers and juice as we watched him wave to the crowds, and finally I saw the space shuttle Challenger explode in front of my high school physics class. As I write this, I do not remember my teachers asking me what I should do to help President Carter or Pope John Paul II.
With each group viewing, I realized that the event unfolding before my eyes was important somehow to American history. However they were events, not addresses. It is one thing to allow students to watch the presidential inauguration or Obama’s visit to the Queen of England. The student can interpret those events for themselves because the dominant idea is that the student gets exposure to current events, not propaganda.
The liberals who love and support Obama must address Michael Medved’s question. How would you have felt if President George W. Bush addressed your child directly and asked for their help in advancing his agenda?
Sure it may be kewl now that it is a president addressing your children that you endorsed. Please look beyond your Kool Aid colored glasses and realize that this manufactured “event” may set a precedent for another president to follow in Barry’s footsteps that you may not agree with. This is not about partisanship. It is about what is wrong with an administration that is getting increasingly dictator-ish.
Autographed Letter Signed,