Why are public school students being asked to help President Obama?

Why are public funds being used to put together lesson plans about what students can do to help the president? This is a serious use of government funds at both the national and local level?

A suggested lesson plan that calls on school kids to write letters to themselves about what they can do to help President Obama is troubling some education experts, who say it establishes the president as a "superintendent in chief" and may indoctrinate children to support him politically.

But the White House says the speech is merely "designed to encourage kids to stay in school."

Obama will deliver a national address directly to students on Tuesday, which will be the first day of classes for many children across the country. The address, to be broadcast live on the White House's Web site, was announced in a letter to school principals last week by Education Secretary Arne Duncan. . . . .

A copy of the US Department of Education announcement is available here. Among the questions students from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade to discuss in class are: "Why is it important that we listen to the president and other elected officials . . . Why is what they say important?" "Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?" "What is the president asking me to do?" Older students from 7th to 12th grade are asked to discuss such questions as: "How will he inspire us?" "Is President Obama inspiring you to do anything?"

Public schools have no business telling young children that they should listen to politicians. Having teachers ask students “how will he inspire us” looks like the Department of Education wants teachers to put the president’s speech in a positive light.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If my daughter were in school, I would keep her home Tuesday. I've had enough with these socialist dooshmen. Now, I do agree it's important to listen to elected officials: We need to know what's their latest scheme to rob the taxpayer or to destroy this republic.

9/03/2009 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I find 'creepiest' about this broadcast, is that it promotes a view of the presidency that is more like a 'ruler' rather than 'servant'.

We don't do the president's bidding! He works for us!

9/03/2009 11:08 AM  
Blogger bdickens said...

The US Department of Leftist Propaganda has it exactly backwards. Public officials need to listen to us.

9/03/2009 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, maybe about saaaayyyy, a couple of months before all kids start wearing Mao jackets in class and giving thanks daily to "our Dear Leader" for inspiring them???

9/03/2009 3:47 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I just received an email from our public elementary school stating that it is up to the teachers if they show Pres. Obama's address or not. And all children must fill out a permission form to be allowed to see it. If you don't want your child to see it, they will have an alternate activity available for them.

I have a feeling, in this very conservative part of Oklahoma that I live in, that many of the teachers won't show it and those that do might not have many students in there to watch it.

I am proud of our school district for addressing this so quickly and not forcing it down my children's throats.

9/03/2009 4:17 PM  

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