Friday, September 04, 2009

My children will go to school on the 8th of September!

There is a call to parents to keep their children out of school on the 8th of September. President Obama is scheduled to give a speech to the students, and many are concerned that President Obama will be over stepping the bounds of what is appropriate.

Michelle Malkin comments on Obama’s Sept. 8 speech to schoolchildren:

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ServiceWire has the announcement and broadcast schedule for the speech.
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Daily Paul picked up the story last week and linked to teachers’ manuals pegged to Obama’s address, which have now been linked on Drudge.
The documents have a heavy activist bent:

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In Indoctrination Obama Style the Right Wing Grandma is concerned that this is the first step towards an increase of government indoctrination of children.

Dr. Helen comments in "You are your child's moral tutor, not that shady lawyer from Chicago."

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Okay, this is just creepy--Obama is the first president to come in and give a speech directly to school children. This Hugo Chavez wannabe is really working overtime to get the American people riled up. Some conservatives and others are calling for parents to have their kids skip this day at school.
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September 8th is the start of our school year. Our children will go to school, but it will be in the kitchen. I don't have an intension of wasting their valuable time watching yet another speech by President Obama. Especially since I doubt he'll say anything really worth listening to.

Right now I'm only mildly concerned. I think this kind of use of government schools is objectionable. It is one thing to give a national address where people can choose to listen. It is another thing to speak to more than fifty million children, who don't get to decide if they want to listen, and then have teachers tell the students what to think about the speach.

Maybe I should use class time having my children write President Obama letters with reasons why he shouldn't be trying to brainwash children.

I love homeschooling. We have so many more choices.


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17 comments:

R. Hansen said...

Having had lived in Romania where Ceausescu (not while I was there) had used the schools to spy on families and to basically brainstorm the children into saying that he was above all others, seeing the "I pledge" video has me very worried about what he will say and how he will say it to these k-6 students (7-12 is invited, too).

I don't pledge to Obama to be serviceable, I do pledge to God to be serviceable and help others, however...and in my opinion so far, Obama is NOT a partner with God. (remember Daniel??)

Michelle B. said...

I posted this video on my facebook page a few days ago. Now I found this link through twitter. I am so sickened by this video. I homeschool and am so blessed that I do. Is Obama going to start telling kids what they can do after high school? I've been to Cuba. This stuff is pure socialism. I find it irritating as well that these same people were whining when Bush was in office saying they were gonna move to France. Now since they have Obama, their new personal Lord and Savior, they are somehow now more American and Patriotic. Give me a break. I don't blame parents for taking their kids out of school on Sept. 8th. This, I fear, is just the start of things to come.

Henry Cate said...

I would love to know what Obama is really thinking. I haven't figured out if he is a misguided fool, or what.

Michelle said...

No kidding! I agree. My sister is in love with him. She still thinks he isn't "that bad" and that the media (mostly Fox news) is just out to get him. I don't know. how many chances can you give this guy?

Lisa said...

I think that this has gotten out of hand, students should be able to listen to the President.

Henry Cate said...

Michelle - It would be fun to have a newspaper from 2012 looking back on Obama's presidency. I think he will end up hurting the country a bit, but we're pretty resilent, I think we'll be OK.

Lisa - Most children, if they wanted to, could listen to the President. He has dozens of his speeches all over YouTube. One of the key issues for many is that young children, five and six years old, will be forced to listen to him. And clearly the initial prepared material was more brainwashing than instruction or encouragement.

If President Obama gave a speech from Congress and asked parents to watch with their children, there would have been a lot fuss.

Anonymous said...

Actually, President George Bush gave a speech to school children about drug use in 1989.

Michelle said...

http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/1986_i_hope_my_daughter_hears_the_presidents_speech/

Pastor John Piper wrote the above article. I wonder what your thought were on that. I'm baffled, to be quite honest.

Michelle said...

http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/1986_i_hope_my_daughter_hears_the_presidents_speech/

Sorry, I didn't post that last one right.

Michelle said...

sorry, its not letting me post the entire URL. You can visit my web page and click on it from my recent blog post.

Henry Cate said...

Anonymous - The Democrates were all over Bush for his 1991 speech.

There seems to be a bit of a double standard about this. When President Bush Spoke House Majority leader at the time, Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), said "The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students."

Today when people are concerned about Obama speaking directly to the children, one of the justifications is that Bush did it. It is OK that President Obama has a political message to the children, because President Bush did it, but it was wrong for President Bush to do it? This makes no sense to me.

One of the problems many parents have is that the original material released to the teachers had children writing about what they could do to help Obama There would have been much less uproar if the students were asked to consider how they could help the country.

It will be interesting to see what Obama says tomorrow. In a way I feel sorry for him. Almost no matter what he says I'm afraid he will be attacked by someone.

Henry Cate said...

Michelle - I think Pastor John Piper's concerns are valid. I don't have a lot of faith that President Obama will take any effective action to really fix the problems with government schools. President Obama may say some good things, but I don't trust him to do the right things.

lucydrake said...

Send the kids or don’t send them…either way, they will find out what was said…with the media and people talking, it will get out…

Dave @ Home School Dad said...
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Dave @ Home School Dad said...

I Could not disagree with you more. My children were at school on September 8th. Sometime in the morning before we started on our chapter of an Abraham Lincoln Biography,we talked abour the President's upcoming speech. I asked them what they would do if he said certain things and each answer was not believe him or talk to me about it. At 11 we watched his speech. There was nothing creepy or objectionable about it.

I was very disappointed about how up in arms people got before they even heard the speech. Obama even gave homeschoolers their props by mentioning in a positive light when he was home educated by his mother.

I was also disturbed by your response to the anonymous commenter. In your post you specifically say that Obama was the first president to speak specifically to students. When you were corrected, instead of a "my bad", you went into a "The media was all over Bush rant." All over him or not, you should have acknowledged your mistake, before using it to further your point.

My kids have written the President encouraging Him to do the best job that he is able. I wrote him at the same time and advised him why I did not vote for him in either his Senatorial or Presidential campaigns. I received a very nice reply from his office.

Even though he was not my choice for president and has done nothing to convince me to vote for him in 2012. I believe that this Obama bashing is every bit as politicized and undeserved as the Bush bashing before it. Assessing a speech as propaganda before it is reviewed is in my opinion the way to make change in this country nor to educate our children.

Respectfully,
Dave

Henry Cate said...

Dave - I'm glad the speech turned out to be a fairly non-event.

Many people got up in arms because of the original lesson plan. It had questions for the children answer. For example the students were told to write about how they could help President Obama. This would have been a misuse of the government schools to persaude young impressionable children to think in terms of what they could be doing to help a single person.

I see a big difference between President Bush talking to a few students and allowing the media to broadcast what he said and President Obama telling fifty million students to watch him. My understanding was President Bush did not request that all schools arrange it so that the students would watch him.

Did President Bush tell the Department of Education to provide a lesson plan and ask all the schools to relay his speech?

R. Hansen said...

The schools in our city say that there is to be NO live video streaming. They also say that they don't interrupt the school day for non-school related things.

After having read the transcript of the speech, I wouldn't have minded that my children view it. I am glad that the schools protect our children from live videos since you can never take away something from their brains that they've seen or heard. It wouldn't be nice to have a "wardrobe malfunction" or a words-malfunction in the schools....know what I mean?