"School kids taught to praise Obama"

This is pretty troubling. I can't remember anything remotely like this happening when I was in school.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the New Jersey public school principal see no problem with teaching the children the above song. This song is just viewed as teaching the children about Black History month. This principal doesn't understand the difference between teaching about a president and advocating for the president.

The principal of a New Jersey elementary school where young students were videotaped singing the praises of President Obama is making no apologies for the singing and says she would allow the performance again if she could, according to parents who spoke with her Thursday night.

Three parents told FOXNews.com that Dr. Denise King, principal of B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, N.J., defended the controversial performance, which was videotaped and posted on YouTube, when they approached her during a "Back to School" event.

Parent Jim Angelillo said King told him the lesson was merely part of Black History month, and not an attempt to indoctrinate students, as critics have charged. He said he believes teachers have the freedom to express their political views, but not in the classroom.

"Freedom of speech, not freedom to teach," Angelillo told FOXNews.com.

King has long been a fan of Obama, hanging pictures of the president in her school's hallways and touting her trip to his inauguration in the school yearbook.

Included in the full-page yearbook spread were Obama campaign slogans ("Yes we can! Yes we did!") and photos King took in Washington on Jan. 20, when she attended the inauguration.

There also were photos taken at the school depicting students doing Obama-themed activities about their "hopes for the future," featuring posters of Obama. According to the yearbook, students watched the inauguration in class. . . .

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Blogger rickie said...

I thought I had seen it all until I saw this video.

This is a prime example of an unqualified person being a teacher. A qualified teacher would know that they should never influence children with their political ideals & agendas.

9/24/2009 9:15 AM  
Blogger John R. said...

We were taught the virtues of the country. I remember feeling proud to be an American.

Our praise was for the concept of freedom.

We never praised a man.

I would be as deeply disturbed if kids were taught to sing like this about Reagan.

Whoever is leading this class is off the rails and over a cliff, smoldering at the bottom.

9/24/2009 10:25 AM  
Blogger Zundfolge said...

The only response I have it:


9/24/2009 10:27 AM  
Blogger Don Sharpe said...

Zundefolge, that is amazing.

All those kids at B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, NJ need are torches and red flags.

9/24/2009 12:41 PM  
Blogger AnonymousDoe said...

It's really a shame to see that these kids are being used to score political points.

According to Fox News, the school principal is now receiving death threats.

What I can't figure out is why a questionable decision by a teacher is considered "news".

I also wonder how many parents are now upset by having a video put on YouTube that ridicules their children.

9/24/2009 5:07 PM  
Blogger Weer'd Beard said...

Nor I, and I'm a good deal younger than you, Dr. Lott.

This is very creepy, if not scary.

9/25/2009 9:02 AM  

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