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Grizzly Mama

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

President Obama's Speech to American Students

For those not aware, President Obama's Department of Education is encouraging schools across the nation to play a speech to our kids during class time on September 8th, 2009. I strenuously object to this idea. Here is my letter to my kid's school principal on the matter:

We spoke on the phone earlier today, and I thought that I would provide you with a more detailed explanation as to my objections to the speech that President Obama is encouraging schools to show during class time. In addition, I wanted to correct my source of information. It is not whitehouse.gov, it is www.edu.gov that has the 'menu of classroom activities' on display.

I have several concerns about this, and I will list a few of them.

1. The menu suggests reading books about Barack Obama. We don't believe that the federal government should be in the business of suggesting any kind of reading material for anyone.

2. Several of the questions bother me. One is 'Why is it important that we listen to the President of the United States and other elected officials?' My husband and I don't agree that the federal government should be suggesting to children that listening to our elected officials as if they were authority figures is acceptable. We hold a different view, and that is that our elected officials work for us - not the other way around.

3. Another question is: 'What is the President asking me to do?' Our response is this: Why is the President asking us to do anything? Our children are being raised with our values and beliefs, we are capable of imparting those values to them, and we have chosen a school that holds and promotes the same values that are important to us. Our children already know that getting a good education is important - we don't need the President to tell them.

Furthermore, our beliefs and values do not coincide with those promoted by the Obama Administration. We are pro-life, Libertarian, Christian, and family oriented. We believe that President Obama's speech is an unprecedented intrusion into our children's learning environment.

Some have suggested that this speech can be used as an opening to discuss political events. My children do not need to view this speech as an opening to such. Our family is very politically active, we have many discussions with challenges presented to many sides of one issue and our children are included in many of those discussions. In addition to that, we always encourage our children to consider many different sources of information before forming conclusions of their own.

I hope that this email has made things clearer to you than they were before. I appreciate your time and attention to my concerns. I would appreciate it if you would let me know if any of the teachers are planning on using this video during class.


Grizzly Mama

When I spoke to my principal about this, she shared that the Diocese had sent the information to her and she had subsequently distributed the material to the teachers. She was quite surprised that I objected. If I hear that they are showing the video, or if I don't hear anything at all, my kids are staying home on Tuesday.


Blogger Mike's America said...

I'm glad you made the effort to communicate your thoughts in depth on this issue to the local school officials.

I imagine that there are a lot of parents around the country doing the same thing, and probably using quite a few four letter words to do it.

I'm not at all surprised that Obama and the Dems would try this. They have been on a fascist free for all since he got elected.

03 September, 2009 00:12  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

He's crazy I tell ya...CRAZY.

03 September, 2009 08:15  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Oh! And I did hear back from the principal - they will not be showing the speech.

03 September, 2009 08:40  
Blogger Mr. Grey Ghost said...

Lots of schools across the nation have stood up and said they're not broadcasting the speech. Obama's been on TV enough as it is anyway, the guy represents narcissism at its worse.

08 September, 2009 03:29  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Yeah - he's unreal. Someone, somewhere - I'll have to find it - figured out how many times Obama uses the word 'I' in his speech. It's quite disgusting. It's all about him, you know.

08 September, 2009 10:13  
Blogger eaowen77 said...

I found your article while I was researching an essay about the President's speech that I wrote for my college writing class. I read many articles from both sides of this controversy actually and it was quite interesting reading. I do want to tell you that President Obama's speech was not unprecedented by any means. I remember watching speeches to school students made by Presidents when I was in school. I am 32 years old now but I still remember those speeches, so I looked them up online. On November 14, 1988, President Ronald Reagan made a speech to students that aired on C-Span and was videotaped and sent to the schools of the country to play. His predecessor, George H. W. Bush did the same on October 1, 1991. I watched both of these speeches in my classrooms and we discussed what the President talked about. President Obama's address was certainly not an unprecedented event!

P.S. My mother was - and is - a Democrat. Not only do I remember viewing the speeches, I also remember her being very interested in our seeing them and our thoughts afterwards. We discussed them as a family even tho my mother's views were far different than either of those Presidents. I have my own views and some of them do not coincide with my mother's. But she allowed us true access to ALL sides of the issue. She was also very happy for me when I was given the Presidential Academic Fitness Award in 6th grade even tho it was signed by a man she did not agree with.

20 October, 2009 12:11  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

I didn't see your comment until just now, eaowen. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

I would be very interested in seeing the lesson plans that accompanied the former presidents' speeches.

12 November, 2009 10:41  

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