Most folks who’ve read my blog over some time should know that while I very much respect President Obama, I don’t go Ga-Ga and drool over this man. I can understand why so many love him but I can also see why many disagree with his views and policies.
But having said that, I simply cannot understand the outcry of some parents, schools, churches, politicians, talk show hosts, your mommas, and whoever you want to add to this list that are going nuts about President Obama addressing America’s students. Of course, he has an agenda. As the President, he has certain goals, convictions, and “agendas” and in this case, he’s made it clear that he wants to address the youth about “working hard” and “personal responsibility” which umm, are clearly dangerous socialist, communist, and muslim agendas. Huh?
[from the NY Times] Mr. Obama’s back-to-school address, scheduled for Tuesday morning, will encourage students to study hard and will steer clear of political themes, Mr. Duncan said in an appearance on “Face the Nation” On CBS. In any event, he said, whether students watch the speech is entirely up to parents and local school officials.
“The whole message is about personal responsibility and challenging students to take their education very, very seriously,” Mr. Duncan said. The speech text was to be posted on the White House Web site on Monday.
Last week, conservative talk show hosts accused the president of sinister motives, and some parents vowed to keep their children out of school on Tuesday.
Part of what I don’t understand about parents taking their kids out of school is “What’s the message we’re conveying to our kids when we take them out of school in order to avoid the Presidential speech?” I’m also very concerned at our collective inability or unwillingness to listen to others that don’t share in our personal worldviews…
What do you think?
As the President of the United States, I think it’s actually incredibly important for him to do this and hopes he does this every single year during the beginning of the school year. The positives far outweigh any negatives that I’m still amazed with the negativity. We Americans might not want to admit this but if you’re talking about excellence and competition in the global market, the hard and painful truth is we are lagging further and further behind and it’s connected, in part, with the educational system.
I intend to have my kids watch it online… You?
Part of the Press Release from the White House:
THE PRESIDENT’S BACK-TO-SCHOOL MESSAGE TO AMERICA’S STUDENTS
Help get America’s students engaged! On Tuesday, September 8 — the first day of school for many students — the President will talk directly to students across the country on the importance of taking responsibility for their education, challenging them to set goals and do everything they can to succeed. We want to make sure that as many schools and classrooms nationwide can participate in this special opportunity, so we are making the President’s address and all the information that comes with it available as widely as possible. Whether you are a teacher, a school board member, or a member of the media, find information below to help you watch and be engaged with the President in welcoming our students back to school.
Tuesday, September 8th, at 12:00 PM (EDT)
How to Watch
The President’s message will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov/live, and broadcast live on C-Span
Downloadable video of the speech will be made available on this page later that day as it becomes available