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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Barry wants to talk to your kids without telling you what he wants to say to them

There are more than enough reasons why the Department of Education should be dissolved and the schools should be put back in the hands of the states. Michelle Malkin has another one and it involves the president using schoolchildren directly. On 8 September, kids will be compelled to watch an address tailored specifically to them by Barry himself. The Daily Paul has the skinny on the talking points that teachers are being directed to initiate with students once the address is finished:

During the Speech:

• As the President speaks, teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful. Students could use a note-taking graphic organizer such as a Cluster Web, or students could record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children can draw pictures and write as appropriate. As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following:

What is the President trying to tell me?

What is the President asking me to do?

What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?

• Students can record important parts of the speech where the President is asking them to do something. Students might think about: What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?

• Students can record any questions they have while he is speaking and then discuss them after the speech. Younger children may need to dictate their questions.

After the Speech:

• Teachers could ask students to share the ideas they recorded, exchange sticky notes or stick notes on a butcher paper poster in the classroom to discuss main ideas from the speech, i.e. citizenship, personal responsibility, civic duty.

• Students could discuss their responses to the following questions:

What do you think the President wants us to do?

Does the speech make you want to do anything?

Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?

Anyone else a tad uncomfortable with this? Why does he have to address students directly? Better question, why is he refusing to divulge his comments to the public. If I were a parent and I had a child that would be compelled to view this address I'd want to see what he's going to say before I give my permission for my child to attend this. Yes, I said "my permission." My kid would still be my responsibility, and I wouldn't want the president passing on his stupid talking points to my kid.

No offense folks, but I could whip Barry's @$$ in a stand-up debate. He's not that smart, and he can't think on his feet.

But this amounts to literal indoctrination, and I'm sure the teacher's union is all too happy to oblige. Yesterday Michael Medved had a teacher named "Carol" on his show (not her real name, folks) who has sounded the alarm about this school address. She feels it's inappropriate for the president to do this (and Hugh Hewitt yesterday raised the idea that it might be unconstitutional for him to do this). Coinky-dink, I think it's highly inappropriate and more than suspicious.

The president has the ability to make prime-time pressers whenever he asks the media to carry him. Most stations will carry him without a problem. Only a couple buck his authority in favor of their ratings and ad dollars. That's their right. But before the president decides to address the kids of this nation, it might be smarter for him to reveal what he's going to say so parents can opt their kids out, if they so choose, or he should simply make the presser at night so everyone can hear what he has to say.

We know that he put a lot of faith in the kids of this nation. (Some claim that's misplaced faith given the general attitude of kids today.) But this is beyond the pale, in our opinion. If you're a parent, you might want to keep your child at home on the 8th. Send a message to the public schools that you don't appreciate them using their authority to indoctrinate, and send a message to the White House that you can teach your kids better than the president. After all, his credentials in the brains department aren't exactly up to snuff.

Publius II


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