Will you allow your child to watch the Presidential address by President Obama to all schools?

Christa - posted on 09/04/2009 ( 147 moms have responded )

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On Tuesday, September 8, 2009 approx @ Noon...President Obama will be shown on Channel One throughout all schools in the nation addressing all school kids. Are you okay with this?

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Cindy - posted on 09/08/2009

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Shouldn't we as parents be the ones to teach our children values? Why do we need the president to waste time out of their education to say something these children should have already heard many times over by their parents, teachers or any other adult in their life. I believe it shuold have been a speech played in the evening hours for children to watch with parents rather than at school.

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No I'm not okay with it. But being a Christian mom I support the President even though I didn't vote for him I want my children to know that I do support him. I might not agree with some of his beliefs or all of them...LOL :) But I want my children to know that I do support him and they need to support him and have respect for him. Its all in God's hands and if they come home from school today I will ask if they watched it and answer any questions they may have to the best of my ability. But as Christian we get put down or people don't agree with some of things we believe but I want my children to respect others even if we may not like it or agree with them we can at least show that we respect him.

Erica - posted on 09/09/2009

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I agree with Jennifer. I just don't get it! I mean I am all pro-choice and all and I understand if you didn't vote for Obama but reality people is that he is our president! Have some respect! I don't think this speech is a political blow. He is just trying give the children a positive message. How many of use parents are single parent homes, or both work many hours a week...things get busy...no one is perfect...kids need that extra push. Knowing that president is thinking and working about/on their educations and futures would feel good I would think. GAUSH!!! Give the man a break...have Faith and lets just see...he is here...for four years...support him pray for him, for the US...be positive! :0) CHEESE

Angie - posted on 09/09/2009

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Quoting kecia:

This is ridiculous....NO ONE had a problem with Bush Jr. or any other president making speeches to their kids....Its not about politics its completely about it being Obama...correction...President Obama! This country is still so racist its not even funny!



Actually, Kecia, that's not true.  In 1991 when Bush gave his speech to children, the Democratic congress launched aprotest ending in a General Accounting Office investigation which found that he had committed no wrong doing.  It's not about race - I'm sick of hearing that he's not liked because he's black.  Some of us are just tired of hearing him constantly making speeches, taking vacations, and spending our money.   It's time for him to get back to DC and do the job he was elected to do - run the country.



Please check out this link:  http://origin2.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,548062,00.html



 

Casey - posted on 09/09/2009

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Maybe the president speaking is not the REAL issue. Channel 1 is a multi-million dollar advertising scheme that got into the schools by offering "free things" so they could brainwash kids to buy products- often disguising sugary foods and unhealthy products as "cool" to manipulate. More time is spent watching commercials and brainwashing than anything "good" that comes of it. You try watching it. And check me out on the background of it if you don't believe. Whether or not Pres. Obama speaks is the least of Channel 1's issues...manipulation to buy is the big one!

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Elizabeth - posted on 09/11/2009

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I watched the speech and I think it is very motivating. I don't understand why everyone is having such a fit.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/11/2009

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Yes, I think you should respect him because he is the president. We should show our kids to respect him because he is the president even if you don't agree with everything that comes out of his mouth.

Emery - posted on 09/11/2009

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I AM OK WITH THI9S 100%. I don't know why so many of you are arms about OUR PRESIDENT speaking to the childen about the importace of education. He is motivating the children to stay in school and telling the the importance of an education. What harm will/is it doing OH!!! I get it you want your child to be drop outs is that it? 1 thing is certain ans 2 for sure his speech can only hel them, NOT HURT THEM.....GET A GRIP.

Donna - posted on 09/11/2009

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I would prefer to watch addresses with my children so I was against my kids seeing the address because I couldn't sit there with them(I had to work). After a discussion with the principle, my 5th grader's teacher allowed my son to go to the library to read and my 3rd grader's teacher didn't show it in her room. My bigest concern was to make sure that our president wasn't going to use our children to get to the parents. I may not agree with our leaders but I do teach my children to respect their position and authority.

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you have to fast forward to about 2 minutes and 40 seconds in to see President Obama (there's a really well written intro by a student of the school Pres. Obama was speaking at). please watch it, especially if you disagree(d) with the speech. please just watch it and then tell me what you so heartily disagree with. i bet there's nothing in there you all don't want your children hearing.

Katherine - posted on 09/11/2009

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I'm from Canada and just read the script of Obama's speech. I didn't see anything to criticize in his speech. He is trying to inspire all of America's youth to take responsibility for there education and future. Set goals and work to achieve those goals. I didn't see any political agenda in the speech at all, unless you call encouraging your youth to work hard and learn a political agenda. Just an objective observation.

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Quoting Theresa:



Quoting Angie:




Quoting kecia:

This is ridiculous....NO ONE had a problem with Bush Jr. or any other president making speeches to their kids....Its not about politics its completely about it being Obama...correction...President Obama! This country is still so racist its not even funny!








Actually, Kecia, that's not true.  In 1991 when Bush gave his speech to children, the Democratic congress launched aprotest ending in a General Accounting Office investigation which found that he had committed no wrong doing.  It's not about race - I'm sick of hearing that he's not liked because he's black.  Some of us are just tired of hearing him constantly making speeches, taking vacations, and spending our money.   It's time for him to get back to DC and do the job he was elected to do - run the country.








Please check out this link:  http://origin2.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,548062,00.html








 










Haha, that is really funny!  I think he's going to have to start taking double vacations if he's going to catch up to the former administration's time he racked up "on the ranch". ;) 






 






Oh, and I didn't out your link - automatic discredit due to Faux news. Find a real source and I'll be happy to check it out. :)





There is some truth and falseness on both sides of this coin.  It is unfortunately true that President Obama is criticized because he is 1/2 black but he is also overly praised because he is 1/2 black.  President George H.W. Bush did give a very similar speech to school children in 1991 and was criticized just as much (see www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/sep/03/arne-duncan/barack-obama-not-first-president-address-school-ch/).  This is a non-partisan political fact checking website.  President Obama is much more eloquent in his speaking than President Bush was but the topic was the same.  I did vote for President Obama but not for President Bush but gave him the same respect as I did and have given to any president.  I supported both speeches to the children.  However, President Reagan gave a speech to school children in 1986 about the importance of education, I peronally saw this as a Sophomore in High School, and he threw in quite a bit of political agenda which was really not appropriate but was not criticized as much due to the time and we had less access to immediate media (i.e. the internet).  I do not agree with everything President Obama wants done but will give him the respect he deserves as our President and will do my best to research those topics before voicing my opinion to my representatives or anyone else.  The biggest problem we are facing in this country is that too many people are too willing to jump on a "bandwagon" without knowing what it is really about.  I also think that we need to be more respectful to each other when disagreeing about a topic and do the research before we slam anyone. 

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Presidents have addressed school children for years. This is history not politics. I think that people should know what they are talking about before being so small minded. The President of the United States addressed the children of our country, the ones who will someday be running our country, about the importance of an education and gave examples of how children overcame various obstacles to get a good education. I don't understand how people today can be so narrow minded to think that any President of our wonderful country would discuss politics to children. I have not agreed with every aspect of any President but have alway given them the respect that is deserved. I sat through Presidential speeches when I was in school and since my school district caved to the few parents who protested instead of reviewing the content of the speech first and did not air the speech I read and discussed it with both my 9 year old and my 5 year old. That speech energized them about schoold and I have saved a copy to pull out when their energy fades in the future. We have freedom of speech in this country but just because we do doesn't mean we should. If you want to criticize or follow an idea or comment or political agenda, it is best to reasearch it so you know what you are backing or criticizing and know the truth.

Crystal - posted on 09/10/2009

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I'm sure in the past there have been many people who disagree with the views of a particular president....Kennedy, Roosevelt, Lincoln, etc....everyone has a right to their own opinion, it's part of what the country was founded on. While these opinions may have differed there was still a HUGE respect and decorum for the position and those in charge. It's a shame today that while we all talk about rights and views and should or shouldn't we have this and that in school that too many people seem to have lost respect for the position of President, no matter who it is. Whether Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green,etc...respect and pride should be a large part of what is taught. No wonder so many young people seem to have missed these virtues.

Michelle - posted on 09/10/2009

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Its according to your beliefs. I myself did not want my children watching it but then I thought they are only 5 so they probly wont even remember it!

Theresa - posted on 09/10/2009

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Quoting Angie:



Quoting kecia:

This is ridiculous....NO ONE had a problem with Bush Jr. or any other president making speeches to their kids....Its not about politics its completely about it being Obama...correction...President Obama! This country is still so racist its not even funny!






Actually, Kecia, that's not true.  In 1991 when Bush gave his speech to children, the Democratic congress launched aprotest ending in a General Accounting Office investigation which found that he had committed no wrong doing.  It's not about race - I'm sick of hearing that he's not liked because he's black.  Some of us are just tired of hearing him constantly making speeches, taking vacations, and spending our money.   It's time for him to get back to DC and do the job he was elected to do - run the country.






Please check out this link:  http://origin2.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,548062,00.html






 






Haha, that is really funny!  I think he's going to have to start taking double vacations if he's going to catch up to the former administration's time he racked up "on the ranch". ;) 



 



Oh, and I didn't out your link - automatic discredit due to Faux news. Find a real source and I'll be happy to check it out. :)

April - posted on 09/10/2009

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I am from Ohio. I am not sure if they showed it at my sons school or not. But I hope that they did. I am appalled at those of you that would keep your children, our countrys future, from hearing this important speech.

Jennifer - posted on 09/10/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

NO NO NO, I am so glad that my children go to a school that stood up and said NO. They did not even show it.


Wow..I wish I could have "stood up" and not watched George W talk every single time I had to. It must feel so good to "stand up" against the leader of your nation when he is trying to get kids to stay in school. I can not believe people who have this attitude after I spent 8 years listening to a man who had no idea what he was talking about most of the time, if everyone who was against past administrations had "stood up" and said no, then George W. would have been impeached. I would never feel proud of going against our President, even if I didn't vote for him or agree with his views, I would feel anti American.

Nicole - posted on 09/09/2009

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Our school won't be showing it anyway so we don't have to worry about it. Our view though would have been to watch it first to make sure it's age and content appropriate and then consider letting them see it. I agree that it's important to hear from the president that education is important and they should stay in school, but I'm not trusting enough to believe that's all he'll address and I feel I have the right to expose my children to content that I believe they can understand. Of course my oldest is only 7 so although he understands the basics of our vote and why I don't feel he needs much more understanding of politics than that.

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Quoting Theresa:



Quoting Angie:

 He has been very poor in keeping his own goals and it is a bit hypocritical for him to encourge children to do what he has not been able to do himself - he simply has no credibility.





Is this a joke? A man coming into one of the most quickly rising deficits (thankyou GWB) and an economy that had just imploded *thank you GWB* has to have achieved his goals in 8 MONTHS? This is a reach to put it mildly. You honestly think McCain would have achieved his goals at this point? Oh, wait - did he have goals?  The office of the Presidency is NOT a one-man show, no matter how the previous administration attempted to make it so. You have to work with the other two branches of the government - just in case you didn't know. ;)  How about letting the man attempt to work through this horrific mess he's inherited - OH, and since the economy and just about every other growth marker are on the uptick, it's safe to say he's doing well in this extremely important area too.






 






I'd say being able to go through an Ivy League school, graduate Law School, become a Senator and President are some big goals he's achieved already.






Yeah, pretty shoddy crediblity there.   Right.






PERFECTLY SAID!!! :)

Theresa - posted on 09/09/2009

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Quoting Angie:

 He has been very poor in keeping his own goals and it is a bit hypocritical for him to encourge children to do what he has not been able to do himself - he simply has no credibility.


Is this a joke? A man coming into one of the most quickly rising deficits (thankyou GWB) and an economy that had just imploded *thank you GWB* has to have achieved his goals in 8 MONTHS? This is a reach to put it mildly. You honestly think McCain would have achieved his goals at this point? Oh, wait - did he have goals?  The office of the Presidency is NOT a one-man show, no matter how the previous administration attempted to make it so. You have to work with the other two branches of the government - just in case you didn't know. ;)  How about letting the man attempt to work through this horrific mess he's inherited - OH, and since the economy and just about every other growth marker are on the uptick, it's safe to say he's doing well in this extremely important area too.



 



I'd say being able to go through an Ivy League school, graduate Law School, become a Senator and President are some big goals he's achieved already.



Yeah, pretty shoddy crediblity there.   Right.

Theresa - posted on 09/09/2009

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Quoting Kristin:

 They are both on honor roll, in sports, never in trouble, which makes me proud, therefore I do not believe I need a president stepping in to raise my children. If they were still young I would not let them see this video. This is only an opinion.



I'm happy your children are so blessed, and doing so well. Sadly - not every child has such a blessed life. Some are never encouraged, some are never praised. Some have lives that would sear your soul if you knew about it. To have the President give them uplifting message, can only be a good thing.  It certainly won't damage the children who do have caring parents to hear the speech either.

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my daughter watched it and thought it was really cool that "the President would take time out of his busy schedule to talk to me." those are her exact words! she loved it and i am so glad her school showed it. :)

Michelle - posted on 09/09/2009

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NO NO NO, I am so glad that my children go to a school that stood up and said NO. They did not even show it.

Tandy - posted on 09/09/2009

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I did let my kids watch it at school. They like listening to the president. I understand how some can feel that it is their place to talk to their kids, but what about those parents who don't. I don't always talk to my kids about some things. I think it is important for the kids to feel like they are important because the president is talking to them. It gives them a sense of confidence and importance. My kids came home and told me all about it. They said they were going to try harder because the president said they should never give up and that they should alway try and do good. It made them feel special. You think back to when your parents told you all the time... you need to try harder, you need to go to college, you need to do this or that. Didn't you get tired of that didn't you ever wish that maybe someone special would talk to you instead of your parents. We all know that kids listen to other adults better than their own parents. Maybe the president was just the person your kid needed to hear from!

Tricia - posted on 09/09/2009

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This speech had NOTHING to do with polioics but only striving hard in school, study, respect your teachers and the building your in....What is it with adults/parents that have you soooo scared for the kids to hear this from Americas President????? How easily we all forget that Bush AND Reagan did this same thing.....HOw about this....letting the children watch the address and then if they have any questions....YOU as the Parent talk to them and answer any questions. My children listen to adults and authority figures but it doesnt mean that everything that they hear is set in stone for them. My children look up to me and come to me for advice and when they have questions....sad day if nobody has that kind of relationship with their own children!!

Patty - posted on 09/09/2009

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I feel that it dosen't matter what the parents believe politically, Obama is our president and it is an important thing to allow our childern to listen and learn for them self what they feel is right and what is wrong.

Cheri - posted on 09/09/2009

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I was a little before but after I was ok. The speech was a little long for my 2nd grader, but it led to good conversations for us later.

Kimberly - posted on 09/09/2009

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I would not let my kids watch this at school. It has nothing to do with it being Obama or being Democrat or Republican. I feel that this issues is not up to the school to tell the kids. They will not let anything even close to be religious into the school but it is OK that the president address school age kids without the parents knowing exactly what is going to be talked about and if it is what they believe or feel is right.

Hannah - posted on 09/09/2009

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I think it's great. Obama seems to actually care about teaching kids to take control of their own actions. The future is theres and our president wanted them to know it and give some confidence.

Kecia - posted on 09/09/2009

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Well Angie, some of us had the same filling about Bush Jr. with his constant speeches which made absolutely no sense half the time, his constant vacation on his ranch here in Texas, and his unbelievable need to spend "MY" money! And as far as President Obama "doing the job he was elected to do"...even at the end of his hellish eight years Bush still had not done his job.

Heidi - posted on 09/09/2009

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Yes, I think our kids need to be exposed to what is going on in our country. Whether it be a presidential speech or a speech made from our military. They need to know what is going on in their lives around them

Kecia - posted on 09/08/2009

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This is ridiculous....NO ONE had a problem with Bush Jr. or any other president making speeches to their kids....Its not about politics its completely about it being Obama...correction...President Obama! This country is still so racist its not even funny!

CARLEE - posted on 09/08/2009

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IT'S ONLY A POSITIVE SPEECH ESPECAILLY TO A CHILD WHO DOESN'T HAVE SOMEONE AT HOME TO ENCOURAGE THEM.

Becky - posted on 09/08/2009

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Quoting Ayesha:

What about the children that don't have people to tell them these things? What about the ones that are being left behind? Everyone is not as fortunate to have loving, supportive parents and mentors. Some kids needed that speech just to make it another day. Let's stop being so selfish and begin to think about the bigger picture, HEY THERE ARE OTHERS OUT THERE THAT ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOU!!!



that's fine!! but no matter what those children who "don't have people to tell them these things" still have someone in their life, they have some mentor or teacher who will make a difference. and if they do not have parents who care enough to teach them that school is important then they probally didn't even know the speech was happening and their kids watched it. i do see the bigger picture. and it's not just about a speech but about our children.



 i was a kid once too, and if you think that watching some guy on tv, is all that encourging to a child who does not have the love and support that they should have is going to really pay attention to the speech... i think not. they will be the ones goofing off and making it hard for the children that do want to see it.

Ayesha - posted on 09/08/2009

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What about the children that don't have people to tell them these things? What about the ones that are being left behind? Everyone is not as fortunate to have loving, supportive parents and mentors. Some kids needed that speech just to make it another day. Let's stop being so selfish and begin to think about the bigger picture, HEY THERE ARE OTHERS OUT THERE THAT ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOU!!!

ANGIO - posted on 09/08/2009

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Quoting Christa:

Will you allow your child to watch the Presidential address by President Obama to all schools?

On Tuesday, September 8, 2009 approx @ Noon...President Obama will be shown on Channel One throughout all schools in the nation addressing all school kids. Are you okay with this? YES BECAUSE THEY ALSO OR APART OF THE ECENOMY AND NEEDS TO BE AWARE OF WHAT IS GOING ON.


 

Becky - posted on 09/08/2009

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Quoting Angie:



Quoting Jamie:

of course...no matter what YOUR opinion of the president is...kids should be taught to respect our country and with that the leader of our country






I agree that our children should respect our country and the office of the president but I don't think at being president automatically means that you deserve to be respected. 






i totally agree with Angie. it is our job as a comunity to teach our children, not the presidents. and he does not deserve respect just because he is. I'm a single mother of 2, one who is 5 and will not be viewing the speech. i am 26 and have never watched a speech on the importance of education made by a president  in school. i am unable to stay at home to watch it myself before i let her view it so she will not see it at all. i do not think that it was right to do it during school hours and not give the parents plenty of time to make their decision on the speech... I am one who does learn about what is going on at school, through the letters sent home and it's not because i don't care!!!!!!! I WORK!!! my children know how important school is to me and they will know for the rest of their lives.. school comes first and i think that it is up to the parent/ community to put that on their children not the president!!!!

Ayesha - posted on 09/08/2009

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I did not realize how close minded our society is. This is historical moment that these children are going to have to deal with now or later. I think it is really sad that our society has become so immature and ignorant about things of this nature. Of course we should be aware of what our kids are exposed to but history is history. They are going to learn it anyway. What's the difference between Bush giving a speech to the kids and Obama? Other than the obvious? Come on America, if it were anyone other than Obama, there would not be this much commotion about it. Be real with yourselves and with everyone else. No, I don't agree with some things that are said and done at times but does that give me the right to sheld it from my children? No. These are things you should be educating your children about not shelding them from. Some of you say that you don't think your children should be taught politics in school. WHERE BETTER TO BE TAUGHT! DUH!! I think that alot of problems come from the LACK of knowledge. You can't make an intelligent decision without having all of the information. How can you comment on the speech and you havn't heard it. I believe the speech was very befitting and benefincial to the children. Some of you should be ashamed.

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Quoting Melissa:

I honestly can't believe all the hype with this. President Obama is addressing kids, within the confines of school, and talking to them about being responsible citizens. Think back to when we were kids. Did our parents have to sign releases for us to watch anything political? President Obama is an incredible man who is a great role model---why not let him into our classrooms? I welcomed him with open arms into my classroom today and am so glad I did!



You said it best. I really agree with this comment.

Linea - posted on 09/08/2009

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I was going to pull my children that day. I wrote a letter to the principal letting him know. He pulled me aside today when I was picking up my children and let me know I did not need to pull them. The school has received so much opposition from parents that they will not be showing it to anyone, unless you request that your child watch it and are welcoming all parents to attend. That is how it should of been in the first place!



So you are opposed to someone encouraging kids to get a good education and to stay in school? I hope your kids grow up to have more sense than you do. You probably don't know what the teacher is going to talk about tomorrow. Do you write letters to the principal about that, or just foolishness?

Jenniffer - posted on 09/08/2009

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Again I am going to say this is a public school that foots the bills. Do you thik you could send one kids to privet school for what you pay for taxes?? No I have looked into it. There are so many familys were I live that cant understand english let alone understand a speech good for the schools that showed it and are helpping teach the kids values. If you look into how many kids are in the CPS system and kids that are not but have parents that dont teach them vallues were else are they going to get? Cant we think of more then are selfs and try to help every one?

Jenniffer - posted on 09/08/2009

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I agree so much with you I understand that you being a teacher may help some of these other moms understand the impackt they have on there kids witch in the long run impackts all of us. So many kids have NO repect for any one not there parents teachers cops any one. I think a lot of the moms that said they were keeping there kids out think they are doing the right thing teaching there kids good. But really are they? If every one spent as much time on there kids and the orals and goals that they do on being green and keepping a clean house we all be be in a better place. Dont send your kids to a public school and then want every one to acomidate your beliefs. I wish my kids could have christmas programs Halloween partys but guess what they cant I am not on here saying that I am going to protest it is what it is because they are in public school. I dont like what they give them for lunch so am I complaing no I want to start my own lunch programe and for now I pack them a lunch. Really we need to get back to doing somithing not just talking join the PTA or the PTO

Shelley - posted on 09/08/2009

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Would there have been a permission slip sent home if Ronald Reagan wanted to make a speech? I am not into politics and I do not particularly care for Mr. Obama, but HE IS the President of the United States!! Whether we like it or not and that position, no matter who it is, does deserve respect. I think this is a very sad time in our world when a speech to our children by the man that was elected by the people is such controversy.

Melissa - posted on 09/08/2009

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I honestly can't believe all the hype with this. President Obama is addressing kids, within the confines of school, and talking to them about being responsible citizens. Think back to when we were kids. Did our parents have to sign releases for us to watch anything political? President Obama is an incredible man who is a great role model---why not let him into our classrooms? I welcomed him with open arms into my classroom today and am so glad I did!

Angie - posted on 09/08/2009

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This has been very interesting to read through. I have to agree that what the president is saying is not an issue for me. I didn't have to make a decision for my kids but it's likely I would have let them watch it.



As far as presidents caring about education. All presidents have a Secretary of Education to keep tabs on that for them. I don't think Mr. Obama cares any more or any less than any other president in the past.



I spoke with my high school junior about the speech when he came home for lunch and he said he opted out of the speech and chose instead to do homework. Our foreign exchange student chose to stay and listen to the speech. My son said he chose not to listen because he had read the speech online and that Mr. Obama did not say anything that he hasn't heard from all his teachers, parents, priests, and mentors. He felt it was a waste of his time. Our ES said that the speech was good but that he had heard all those things before.



With all that said, I hope that we as parents have already spoken with our children about these issues. We must remember that we are the primary educators of our children.

Shellie - posted on 09/08/2009

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Quoting ann cookie:

okay, how many U.S Presidents actually where interested in your children's education? I think it would be a great idea for our kids to see that other than your parents the President is interested in their education. I think the President is trying to show our youth that education is very important and he has thier backs by being involved or interested in thier future.. I think it's a good idea.


Amen sister!

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I personally do not see anything wrong with kids watching this..I think some parents just take the whole PC (politically correct) approach WAYYY too far..Personally, I think some people just look for things to complain about. Theres NOTHING WRONG with the President trying to influence our kids to stay in school and do the best they can do. We as parents tell our children this day to day, so why is it SOO WRONG because the president wants to send a POSITIVE MESSAGE to our kids? The whole time G. W. was in office, all our children heard about on TV was war, and about how crappy the economy is. Yes, things have not changed much, however, its not WRONG that our kids hear something POSITIVE for once. Ive heard parents say well " we want to teach our kids values". What the HELL? That is what you are SUPPOSED TO DO as parents!!! Its not like Obama is trying to take our parenting obligations from us!! You can STILL RAISE YOUR CHILDREN!! However, I see nothing wrong with some positive influence..

Yvette - posted on 09/08/2009

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Why not if the school can fit it in.....its not the 1st pres. to do it !!!! I would us all the possitve reinforcment as poosible.

Brynnen - posted on 09/08/2009

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I am for allowing my kids to watch the President at school. He is not saying anything that is inappropriate, he is advocating for children to do their best and stay in school. I would hope that this would be a message that all parents teach to their own children. What a great opportunity to also hear it from the President.

Louise - posted on 09/08/2009

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Quoting Missy:

No I'm not okay with it. But being a Christian mom I support the President even though I didn't vote for him I want my children to know that I do support him. I might not agree with some of his beliefs or all of them...LOL :) But I want my children to know that I do support him and they need to support him and have respect for him. Its all in God's hands and if they come home from school today I will ask if they watched it and answer any questions they may have to the best of my ability. But as Christian we get put down or people don't agree with some of things we believe but I want my children to respect others even if we may not like it or agree with them we can at least show that we respect him.


I wish all Christians were like you.  Certainly very uplifting even if we do not have the same belief system.

Louise - posted on 09/08/2009

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if i had an older child yes, but right now, my son, 7, would probably just doze off or not focus. if you believe you raised your children right and taught them critical thinking, you would not be afraid of indoctrination or brainwashing. i read the speech, i can still apply it in my adult life. i have no problems with the speech. kids need inspiration and aspiration, will the president be able to provide both? maybe not, but it's an opportunity of a lifetime, it might not come again.

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Quoting Julie:

I was going to pull my children that day. I wrote a letter to the principal letting him know. He pulled me aside today when I was picking up my children and let me know I did not need to pull them. The school has received so much opposition from parents that they will not be showing it to anyone, unless you request that your child watch it and are welcoming all parents to attend. That is how it should of been in the first place!



I agree!!! :)

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okay, how many U.S Presidents actually where interested in your children's education? I think it would be a great idea for our kids to see that other than your parents the President is interested in their education. I think the President is trying to show our youth that education is very important and he has thier backs by being involved or interested in thier future.. I think it's a good idea.

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