President Obama will deliver a national address to the students of America next Tuesday 9/8 at noon EST. According to the Dept of Education website, during this special address, the president will speak directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. He will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.
Oooh, how sneaky and manipulative of him! Those are terrible things to talk to kids about!
It's disappointing (to put it mildly) that some people are using their alleged concern for our students to thinly disguise their political agendas. Actually it's disgusting. Go have your political arguments someplace else. If the political, economic and social events of the past few years have not convinced you that we have some serious work to do in this country, and that we need to work together to move this country forward, then I don't know what to say, except wake up and be a part of the solution. As the future of our nation, our schoolchildren are already part of the solution. Encouraging them to embrace their role, to do their best and to know they are respected, worthy contributors to our country and our society -- this is not a bad thing. It's not about "us" or "them," it's not about winning or losing, and it's not about "socialism." (I'm already so tired of that word getting trotted out as the devil's own philosophy every time someone mentions working together....to borrow from Freud...sometimes "working together" is just "working together.")
For anyone who thinks I support this speech to students simply because it's Obama, I truly thought about this. I asked myself if I would support the speech if it were a few years ago and George W. Bush wanted to speak to students. First, I can't even imagine it happening, but I truly think I would support my child listening to such a speech. And then I would talk about with him at the dinner table and explain/translate as necessary. That's what we do with current events anyway. If George W. Bush respectfully told my child to "work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for his learning," I certainly wouldn't argue with that!
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