As if (we) parents don’t have enough to worry about as our children head back to school: flu season along with the swine flu, health in general, behavior, grades, homework, sports, relationships, drug use, teen sex, and violence in our schools, now we must fear our own President’s motives behind his upcoming monumental message directed to our nations schoolchildren.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan sent letters to school principals; “President Barack Obama to Make Historic Speech to America’s Students” On September 8, 2009, history will be made. Will you be a part of it? At 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), President Barack Obama will deliver a national address to the students of America.
The letter states that the special address directed at our nation’s children will be about “persisting and succeeding in school”. A Presidential speech about education, terrific! Gone are the days when the President or First Lady pops up occasionally at a school to read a story or two. This administration has a new strategy. This is more than a speech. It’s an event, which encourages “students of all ages, teachers, and administrators to participate." In her letter, Duncan has prepared what the DOE is calling a “menu of classroom activities for students preK-6 and for students in grades 7-12” for educators to use as “ideas (developed by and for teachers) to help engage students and stimulate discussion on the importance of education in their lives.”
President Obama plans to speak to a captive audience of schoolchildren ages 5 to 18 through the classrooms of our nation’s public schools. If Obama’s speech actually addresses the significance of education in American lives and acts as a motivator that is one thing, but why do they need directives or interactive activities? And where are the permission slips?
Department of Education PDF files so we won't need another misinformation Czar.
Pre-K thru 6 graders activities include preparation by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama and motivate students by asking a few basic questions.
As students listen to the speech, the “menu” suggests that 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 might think about: What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he
asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American
After the speech students are 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?
• What would you like to tell the President?
PreK-6 teachers are also told that they can extend learning by having students:
• Create posters of their goals. Posters could be formatted in quadrants or
puzzle pieces or trails marked with the labels: personal, academic,
community, country. Each area could be labeled with three steps for achieving
goals in those areas. It might make sense to focus on personal and academic
so community and country goals come more readily.
• Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.
These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the
teacher to make students accountable to their goals.
The 7-12 grade students will be prepared before the speech and asked to brainstorm not only educational areas but the last bullet states, “what other historic moments do you remember when the President spoke to the nation? What was the impact? Students could create a Cause/Effect graphic organizer.”
Under “listening with purpose” the teacher could focus students on quotations that either propose a specific challenge to them or inspire them in some meaningful way.” Lastly they are given an outline for “after the speech” and here are few you will find:
• What resonated with you from President Obama’s speech? What lines/phrases
do you remember?
• What is President Obama inspiring you to do? What is he challenging you to
• What do you believe are the challenges of your generation?
• How can you be a part of addressing these challenges?
Before the "paranoia monitors" fall off the bus to reprimand concerns surrounding this issue, ask yourself this question, how can we trust an administration that uses any means possible to move their agenda–-even the use of tactics that are scary, hypocritical and disingenuousness, including the appointment of over 44 Czars, some of which are radical in their ideology? And a recent radio address, “'40 Minutes for Health Reform' featuring President Obama”, which aired August 10, 2009, and was Obama’s attempt to “get the people of faith, those clinging to their guns and religion", behind Obamacare. Ironically, on the same day, the taxpayer funded National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the White House Office of Public Engagement, and United We Serve hosted a conference call, which included 75 people from the arts world. Those invited were popular street-artists, filmmakers, art galleries, music venues, musicians and music producers, writers, poets, actors, independent media outlets, marketers, and various other professionals from the creative community and were called on to push Presidents Obama’s agenda in the name of service. According to one of the “invited”, film producer, Patrick Courrielche, "the conference call was billed as an opportunity for those in the art community to inspire service in four key categories, and at the top of thelist were “health care” and “energy and environment.” "It sounded, how should I phrase it…unusual, that the NEA would invite the art community to a meeting to discuss issues currently under vehement national debate. I decided to call in, and what I heard concerned me."
President Obama is a great orator and I'm sure his special speech will be newsworthy, however, considering the political climate we are in and the circumstances of this new education strategy, I'm slightly miffed! White House slow down, our school speed zone law is 25 mph. A pep talk about education is one thing but take your propaganda machine somewhere else.
As World Net Daily announces “Parents rebel against Obama TV speech to schools”, I have talked to the principal of my child’s school and they will be getting back to me on their plans for this event. If they support the activities recommended by the DOE, my child will not participate. In fact my child won’t be left behind in education but will be left behind in any type of propaganda this administration has to offer.