Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Obama to speak to all students--what's up with this?

I just saw a news item that Obama is planning to speak to all public school students on September 8.

The Dept. of Education has issued a prep sheet for teachers. Among the items are included:

"students can prepare by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama"
My comment: What if George Bush had issued this order that students read books about him?

"Why is it important that we listen to the president and other elected officials?"
My comment: Notice how the wording of the question assumes that it is important to listen to the president. Isn't it the other way around? Aren't our elected officials supposed to be listening to us? The American government is built on the idea of government "of the people, by the people, for the people." Obama is accountable to the American people. He is not supposed to be brainwashing our children to look on him as their "dear leader." We are a free people, and that means we can choose not to listen to the president if we don't want to.

"What is he asking me to do?"
My comment: Why does he think he has the right to demand our children to do anything for him?

This is just another red flag indicating that Obama is trying to accrue more and more power to himself and the federal government. This is not a good direction to be going in. The United States was built on the idea that the people have the right to be free of oppressive government and autocratic civil leaders. We don't need the president to foster a personality cult around himself, especially with children.

A few weeks ago the White House asked people to report emails and other communication from people who were spreading what they called "disinformation" and "fishy" things about the health care plans before Congress. Now they've pulled that down and started a website instead. Can you imagine the uproar that would have ensued if Bush had done anything like that?

I find all this very disturbing and bordering on indoctrination of our children. It's one thing to appeal to love of country, and what we should do for our country. It's quite another to make the appeal to what we should do for the president. Then it becomes a personality cult. As John F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.


Anonymous said...

Yes, it is a little disturbing, especially what you quoted:
"Why is it important that we listen to the president and other elected officials?"

I wonder what they would do if someone turned the tables?

We homeschool and I wonder if this video competition on education is open to us too.

It would be interesting to hear from the homeschoolers too.

A Voice in the Crowd said...

A radio host said the Obama broadcast is not the primary concern, it is what all the liberal teachers in America will say to their class, instructing it, before and after it.

Love the blog, Sister.

Melody K said...

Sister, it should be noted that this speech is not without precedent. Both presidents Reagan and Bush (senior) gave a similar address to students. It is not mandatory that any school take class time to listen to it, that is up to the school administrators. The text of the speech is available Monday for preview. From what I have heard the message is pretty much going to be "Study hard and stay in school", which doesn't seem so subversive. Perhaps we should wait and see before rushing to judgement.

A Different View said...

I read every word of every page that comes home from our school and there was nothing about this in any of the documents I received. I also receive recorded messages from my son's school up to twice a week notifying me of everything that is going on. This was never mentioned. I agree with Melody K that maybe we should make sure we have the entire story.

Bibi said...

What is so wrong with our President encouraging our youth to study and do well, for themselves? America is way behind the other countries as far as education as it is, as a large and free country as we are why is this? Come on people wake up smell the roses. American's youth is in deep trouble if they don't hear some encouragement, too many out there don't have that in their homes & family invironments. Remember it takes a village?

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

I noticed the wording of the study questions was very disturbing and my 9th grader remarked, "It sounds like the questions in a Bible study!". She's right. Those were almost the exact words, "What is Jesus telling me in this Gospel?" "What is Jesus asking of me in this Gospel?"...