Wednesday, September 2, 2009

We don't need no indoctrination (Sung to Pink Floyd)

Hey Obama, Leave Those Kids Alone

This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation's school children.

President Obama’s Address to Students Across America September 8, 2009 PreK-6 Menu of Classroom Activities: President Obama’s Address to Students Across America Produced by Teaching Ambassador Fellows, U.S. Department of Education September 8, 2009 Before the Speech: • Teachers can build background knowledge about the President of the United States and his speech by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama and motivate students by asking the following questions: Who is the President of the United States? What do you think it takes to be President? To whom do you think the President is going to be speaking? Why do you think he wants to speak to you? What do you think he will say to you? • Teachers can ask students to imagine being the President delivering a speech to all of the students in the United States. What would you tell students? What can students do to help in our schools? Teachers can chart ideas about what they would say. • Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor?

Critics Decry Obama's 'Indoctrination' Plan for Students

A suggested lesson plan that calls on students to write letters to themselves about what they can do to help President Obama following his address to students nationwide is troubling and establishes the president as a "superintendent in chief"

Now, this seems to be a highly controversial move. "I don't think it's appropriate for teachers to ask students to help promote the president's preferred school reforms and policies," Frederick Hess, the American Enterprise Institute's Director of Education Policy Studies, said. Neal McCluskey, the associate director for the Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom, said "It could be a blatantly political move. Nobody knows for sure, but it gives that impression." McCluskey went on to say that the language in the lesson plans apparently tries to "glorify President Obama," in the eyes of students of all ages.
A presidential address towards students is a good idea, however some of the troubling things in the so called "lesson plan" should not be included. It is a fact that President Obama is a polarizing figure in the United States currently. According to Rasmussen Reports, one of the most accurate pollsters in America, the President's approval rating currently stands at 46% and some 53% of Americans disapprove of Obama's job performance. Half of the country is not happy with Mr. Obama currently, and many of these people are parents. There will be a good percentage of people who do not want their children exposed to a speech and lesson plan that glorifies the President.
Political views are slowly formed in young people.

Those who do not learn from History are bound to repeat it...

No wonder obama wants to CONTROL the Internet!

No comments: