Obama to address the nation's students

Michelle - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 63 moms have responded )

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"In a recent interview with student reporter, Damon Weaver, President Obama announced that on September 8 -- the first day of school for many children across America -- he will deliver a national address directly to students on the importance of education. The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens... This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation's school children about persisting and succeeding in school."

The scariest part might be the suggested talking points for teachers to discuss with their students, including:

Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor?
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?
What is President Obama inspiring you to do? What is he challenging you to do?

Michelle Malkin's take (including a video of a North Carolina schoolteacher clearly trying to influence her students to support Obama over McCain): http://michellemalkin.com/2009/09/01/oba...

MommyLife (This is Part 1, see the next three posts, too): http://mommylife.net/archives/2009/09/ob...

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Patricia - posted on 09/07/2009

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Quoting Brandy:

i heard about this from my mom earlier but didn't catch the date. i think i may keep my daughter home from school that day.


Pulling children out of school isnt the answer. allow them to listen to what he has to say. then discuss it with them when they get home. by allowing your children to listen to someone that we as parents may not like we open the door of communication and keep it open. We are to shape our children, not rule them with an iron fist. As much as we may not want to admit it our children have their own minds, if we keep the doors of communication open with them, we will find that more often than not they will not be swayed by cunning crafty speaches. They will fall back on the values,and morals that we as parents have spoken and shared into their lives.

Sandy - posted on 09/06/2009

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This all saddens me a great deal, so many people upset, some scared, some mad, and it is true the liberals all of them run their lives off their emotions, every decision every choice, but it should be of no surprise to those of us that have kept track and read our Bible its all in there. I agree with the majority of you but the ones that don't see what one speech can do to our children especially the way obama has it set up, it is set up to keep the attention of children. I have a link I think might be of interest to some it is kind of a chilling read but I think you all will understand what it means. The link is: http://home.comcast.net/~llefler/clavell... it is called "The Childrens Story." I believe that what this world needs is for everyone who believes in Jesus Christ, G_d, Yahw_h, or whatever name you choose to call Him by is to be on our knees and PRAY for our land to be healed. obama is far from the messiah, the problem is he thinks he is the messiah, and so do many americans. I only know of one other that has been trying to make that claim for thousands of years, I would hope we all know who that is. Please remember that we truly are not fighting a flesh and blood war this is absolutely a spiritual war. I thank you for your time and I would apologize if I have offended anyone but MY G_D is the one that I am concerned with, Have a Great Night All.

Christina - posted on 09/06/2009

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I will not allow my child to watch this. If religion and The Pledge of Allegiance is not allowed in the school system, then neither should this broadcast. Politics should stay out of our school systems!!!

Ingrid - posted on 09/05/2009

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It's not the speech that's the problem. It's the lesson plan- it is designed to begin guiding our youth to assume the government makes decisions and they are answerable to the government. That's not the case- the government is answerable to us, they work for us. We do not work for them, so to ask what can you do to help president Obama is leading them the wrong way. If they continue to hear this, they will slowly begin to assume that the government will take care of everything.

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Jessica - posted on 09/09/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

I think its just hilarious how Obama changes the speech and takes out the pledging service to him and his policies - another attempt to make conservatives look like nutcases who are making this political versus principles etc...


Yes so now these are just rummors that the right made up to scare people. My liberal friends drive me nuts. Almost to the point of not liking them. It seems it's ok to be disrespectful of  my feelings and views on it.



 



Oh lets not forget Obama is the new god we must listen to him. His word is truth...I think I just puked in my mouth LOL

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I think its just hilarious how Obama changes the speech and takes out the pledging service to him and his policies - another attempt to make conservatives look like nutcases who are making this political versus principles etc...

Shannon Cassidy- - posted on 09/08/2009

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Quoting Brenda:



Quoting Shannon Cassidy-:

I watched the Address, it wasn't at all what people thought it would be , me included it was just an honest speech trying to get kids to stay in school and try hard to make something of themselves.

Just don't go over to the debating moms because you will proboly get trashed like I did for trying to be honest.





*Gasp*  Shannon!  You didn't think the Messiah's speech was nothing but holy? *swoon*  You sinner you....rofl!





LMAO!!!!!!

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I love it how he closes his speech. "Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America"

Hmm..didn't he just tell the whole world we are NOT a Christian nation?

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Quoting Shannon Cassidy-:

I watched the Address, it wasn't at all what people thought it would be , me included it was just an honest speech trying to get kids to stay in school and try hard to make something of themselves.

Just don't go over to the debating moms because you will proboly get trashed like I did for trying to be honest.


*Gasp*  Shannon!  You didn't think the Messiah's speech was nothing but holy? *swoon*  You sinner you....rofl!

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Quoting Marjie:

Critics are particularly upset about lesson plans Obama's administration created to accompany the speech. The lesson plans, available online, originally recommended having students "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the President."

The White House revised the plans Wednesday to say students could "write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals."

"That was inartfully worded, and we corrected it," White House deputy policy director Heather Higginbottom said.

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Headlines/Defa...

Obama extensively studied Marxism and he is clearly implementing policies Hitler used to rise from elected president to dictator. Including securing the minds and hearts of the nation's youth. What better place to do it than at school where there is zero parental supervision.


"That was inartfully worded," - liberal translation:  "Ooops, the American people saw right through it!"  LoL - I guess they are keeping their 'transparency' promise in one form or another. =P

Christa - posted on 09/08/2009

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Does anyone have a link with the whole speech?? I missed it this morning and would like to watch it. :-)

Shannon Cassidy- - posted on 09/08/2009

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I watched the Address, it wasn't at all what people thought it would be , me included it was just an honest speech trying to get kids to stay in school and try hard to make something of themselves.



Just don't go over to the debating moms because you will proboly get trashed like I did for trying to be honest.

Jessica - posted on 09/08/2009

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Oh and you know what if Bush did this while in office people would be furious. What's the difference???????????????????????????????????????????

Jessica - posted on 09/08/2009

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The video of the kids singing has me way more concerned then them watching the president on TV. I'm sick to my stomach. If my kids come home singing a song about the president like that I will pull them out of school. That just reminded me of Hitler. Yes maybe he ins't at planning on slaughtering people. But it's brainwashing none the less. Let our kids form their own choices and discussions and leave it out of the schools please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just teach facts not opinions! Don't push your views and values on my children! That's my job.

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Patricia,

I understand what you are saying but with younger kids, they don't always remember what they do during the day. It's hard to discuss something with a child when they can't remember or can't communicate what they've heard.



For me, the timing is suspect and that's why I have a problem with it. His approval ratings are coming down, he's having huge issues with the economy, and there's this mess called healthcare reform and he wants to talk to students. This talk wasn't going to start out being "stay in school". It got changed b/c parents (voting parents) got ticked. So yeah, my guard is up.



If he was just talking to the kids I wouldn't have a problem with it. It's the timing and the teaching "assistance" that the WH offered teachers/principals/schools across the country that have me wondering what's really going on.

Lara - posted on 09/07/2009

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I am a Republican. I read the text of the speech today. Its a good, inspiring speech about staying in school and to continue trying even when things are hard. Its not political one way or the other at all.

The problem (or good part) will be the individual teachers and how they use the speech.

Christa - posted on 09/06/2009

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WOW! I was finally able to view the videos you put up Michelle, and those are truly scary, particularly the kids singing. It's one thing to sing a song about Lincoln or Washington of Jefferson or any president who impacted our history, but to do it when he's barely been in office 9 months, that is frightening. Let's see what his mark on history is before we start praising him for it. SCARY!!!

Kelly - posted on 09/06/2009

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Quoting christina:

I will not allow my child to watch this. If religion and The Pledge of Allegiance is not allowed in the school system, then neither should this broadcast. Politics should stay out of our school systems!!!



I agree with you 100%, and I have said this since I found out about.  If the Pledge is not allowed in the classroom neither should this.  Not only that we are taking TIME out of the teacher's day by watching this video, when the teachers should be TEACHING!!! I am outraged!!! I told my son today that if he was to read or watch anything like the above link I need to know about it.

Nicki - posted on 09/05/2009

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I'm another saddened heart at what has become of the US. Just tonight, my dad blamed Bush tonight for 9/11! He admits to having no issues with his health care, but whatever this president wants he'll support!! When people don't think logically, but only with their feelings, they lose all sense of good judgement. It's amazing that people watch Chris Matthews and are totally BLIND to the truth! My dad is one of those. I tried it once and wasted 30 minutes to try to understand how the left is being blind sided and it was something else! I suggest we walk in this world but not be of it. Pray, because there is HOPE!



I must admit, my distrust over this president is what has guarded my acceptance over the speech being played in the classroom. On the outside, I believe the president's seat is a powerful one and his message to stay in school will be a positive one! I do agree that most children will not be paying attention after a couple minutes! ha ha! But I can't help but believe this is the start of the Obama Civil Servants group, or what ever he's talked about starting....I think using the children to acknowledge who is AGAINST the agenda of the government/president. This is just the beginning....



Oh and to the mom' s who posted a reference to Obama being a president for only 4 years.... well ironically, I heard on the radio the other day, the possibility of the Obama camp calling for a postponement of the presidency vote (come 2012) since the country isn't in a stable economy and transferring that position would be catastrophic! Why not? This administration has already violated the constitution, aren't we just getting use to it?! (seriously, can't imagine we'd stand for it!)

Maleasha - posted on 09/05/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

Huh, it seems to have disabled my links but added in the videos? Here's the "I Pledge" video that was shown to kids in Utah:


Michelle, I live in southeatern Utah. I heard about that being played in schools in the wasatch front and was so thankful that they aren't of school age yet.



 



As for Obama addressing the students, I agree that there has been alot of hype about this. We need to discuss this with our kids, let them know what is happening with our government. I'm planning on watching the address and analyzing what Obama has to say.



Here's a question teachers should be asking the students: Why is it important that the people we elect into office listen to the citizens of the US?

Verna - posted on 09/05/2009

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Instead of automatically having my son stay home on that day, I called the school and spoke with the principal. I came straight out and ask him if the school district planned on showing Mr. Obama's address and he not so nicely replied, "We have no intention on airing the address!" I took it as there had been a LOT of calls to his office this week. ;) So my teenage son WILL be going to school Wed.

Ingrid - posted on 09/05/2009

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Was this elementary school where they are learning the song a public school? I would be livid if this happened without my knowledge at my kids school.

Ingrid - posted on 09/05/2009

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We're keeping our kids home. Keeping them home will send the message that we are the parents and we aren't going to stand by while this administration tells our children that they need to look to the government for their guidance instead of their parents. We won't let them upsurp our responsibilities. If my kids do watch this, it will be with us, not at school.

Rebecca - posted on 09/05/2009

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It's just that all his moves are calculated. If this was just an innocent work hard, stay in school, do well kind of thing I would have no problem with it, no matter how much I disagree with the man but I just have a bad feeling it is not that innocent and that it will not be the last time, and also it could be a test run to see if anyone opposes it or to see if everyone just sits back and lets him say whatever. I just do not trust him, not even one teeny, tiny little bit.

Laura - posted on 09/05/2009

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No Christa, you are not the lone dissenter, I'm with you on it. I too think that people are freaking out way too much. Everyone needs to have some confidence in their skills as parents and what they have taught their children. Teresa and Michelle you hinted at it that the children in inner city schools that don't have the same benefits from their parents, for whatever reason that our children do, really need someone to step up and have some expectations of them. It would be nice if those who came out of the same situation and became successful would go back into the schools and motivate those who don't have someone at home doing it. Maybe this will be the motivation for some to do that or to continue if they already are. Children need cheerleaders, they need someone to believe in them and unfortunately inner city children don't have as much as they need of that. If the Pres. of the US believes in our children and wants to send that message, great. I think it will do more good than harm and I'm confident enough in my parenting skills to counter any propaganda he might say. If this becomes a mandatory, regular thing where our children are learning the Obama song and reading his books then I will have a big problem with that.

Christa - posted on 09/04/2009

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I guess I'm going to be the lone dissenter here, but I think everyone is freaking out a bit over this. Believe me, most things he does I freak out too, but I just don't see this as a big deal. It's one speech and let's face it most kids aren't going to watch a talking man on the screen for more then a minute before they completely loose their focus. Plus how much brainwashing could he do in one speech. I think they would get more from kids of liberal parents who spew the nonsense that they hear from their parents. I will definitely watch the speech myself to see what he says, but until then I think people need to relax. Other presidents have addressed schools like this, Bush Sr. did it in '91, I just don't think it's a big deal unless he tries to make it a reoccurring thing. Granted my girl is on 19 months old so I don't have to worry about it, but if she was in school I wouldn't be pulling her out. IMO

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Quoting Lisa:

I was in a store talking about this with my aunt and I had some woman come up to me and give me a lecture about how the "right wing is making more of deal about this than is necessary". That its nothing different than what Regan has done, Bush Sr & Jr.. I stopped her in her tracks and pretty much told her (after thanking her for being rude enough to butt in on a private conversation) that in all my years of school I dont remember sitting in on a presidential speach regarless of the message and it wasnt the presidents job ar any part of governments job to speak to my kids about the importance of staying in school. It was my job. I dont believe it takes a village to raise a child, I believe it takes a family, She huffed off in a snit, but I got my point across. Now with that being said. Neither the elementary school or the middle school where my kids attend will be tuning in, and if hey did, my kids would remain home that day.


Lisa I agree it is the parents job.  The problem is that most inner city students do not have two parents in their life, and the mothers are generally not educated.  If anything they need this speech there and I think the mothers should be present for the speech too.  If he is able to get through to them to stay in school it is a good thing.  I just don't agree with how the teachers are formulating questions and I don't agree with how they are raising up Obama like he is the Great Messiah.  They need to teach civics such as questioning the president's agenda, not how to exhalt the agenda of the president.  It's a fine line, and we should be thankful that we know the truth (educated) and teach our children well.  We should be praying for those children who are less fortunate than ours.  

Iva - posted on 09/04/2009

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Concerning the teacher who asked her students who they were 'pulling for'. As a teacher, I believe that a teacher should NEVER impart their political views on their students. Teachers are too influential and I just feel there is no place for it.

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Quoting Laura:

I just asked our school principal if they were showing the speech next week and he said he knew nothing about it. I really think this is a lot of hype and panic for no reason. I would expect the first African American President to be more of a role model to African American children than any white Pres. has been to white children in the past because that's all we've ever had. The dropout rate for African Americans is the highest or at least one of the highest of all the races here in America so if Obama wants to set a new standard of expectations to the children and their parents, don't discourage it. If they listen and dropout rates lower (granted, alot of other things need to change but sometimes it just takes a seed.) that means fewer people on welfare, maybe better race relations, less for them to complain about, fewer handouts. Okay, maybe I'm dreaming a little. Anyway, as long as this doesn't turn into a monthly, weekly, mandatory thing I say this is one thing I can stand behind. Some of those kids really need an educated hero.





I am not opposed to minority or at-risk children having an educated hero.  What bothers me is that whenever people speak of social ills or injustices and say, "Somebody ought to do something about it!" they always seem to mean that the GOVERNMENT ought to do something about it.  I feel that this thinking is misguided and dangerous.  There is much controversy over whether this country was founded on Christian principles, and I won't wade into that argument, but I will say that I think the founding principle of our nation is this: A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.  Let's start a movement to get educated, successful black adults to speak to kids about staying in school, YES!  (Although it may be difficult, Bill Cosby is not always well-received.)  But let's not ask the government to get us into yet another mess with their "programs."  Frankly, they suck at pretty much EVERYTHING they do.






The second reason I am opposed to this speech is because I do not trust Barak Obama or his supporters.  Some of the pro-Obama propaganda that I have already seen shown in public schools is disgusting.  Here's a video of school kids being taught to sing a song of praise to Obama.  Here's a video of a school teacher berating a child who said her family supports McCain.  Here's a video made by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher of celebrities pledging to become "servants of the president" which was shown to school children in Utah.  Additionally, I have realized that we can't grant powers to the government when people we like or trust are in charge, and assume that a) they will never abuse those powers; and b) those who come into power later will never abuse those powers.  You can't say it's ok for Bush to speak to schoolkids and not Obama -- or vice versa.  You can't say this message is ok, but not that other one.  Do you think they're going to start running the message by you first?  They didn't this time!  They didn't even plan to TELL the parents until the news media found out.  Knowing that, I don't believe we should ever allow any president unchaperoned access to our kids.






Personally, I homeschool so I feel comfortable watching this address with my kids on Tuesday.  I don't have to worry about indoctrination because I'll be able to point it out to them.  I just think all parents should have that opportunity, by having the speech in the evening when parents can watch with their children.





The kids singing the Obama song in the video is the most disturbing thing I have ever seen pushed in a school.  Since when do we sing songs about presidents? I've never heard a George Washington song sung.  It has always been, "MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY".  

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Quoting Gina:

The frustrating thing for me is, I posted this video link about this message on my FB wall, and I have a few liberal friends who are claiming that the reason we don't like him is because of his race. I am so tired of hearing this exuse. To tell you the truth I liked Obama at first compared to Hillary, but then heard about his radical background and his policies and was completely turned off by him.
Has anyone else had to deal with this.


Ask your liberal friends this: "Do you disagree with Colin Powel, Condoleezza Rice, Thomas Sowell, and Clarence Thomas because they're black?"  LOL.

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Huh, it seems to have disabled my links but added in the videos? Here's the "I Pledge" video that was shown to kids in Utah:

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Quoting Laura:

I just asked our school principal if they were showing the speech next week and he said he knew nothing about it. I really think this is a lot of hype and panic for no reason. I would expect the first African American President to be more of a role model to African American children than any white Pres. has been to white children in the past because that's all we've ever had. The dropout rate for African Americans is the highest or at least one of the highest of all the races here in America so if Obama wants to set a new standard of expectations to the children and their parents, don't discourage it. If they listen and dropout rates lower (granted, alot of other things need to change but sometimes it just takes a seed.) that means fewer people on welfare, maybe better race relations, less for them to complain about, fewer handouts. Okay, maybe I'm dreaming a little. Anyway, as long as this doesn't turn into a monthly, weekly, mandatory thing I say this is one thing I can stand behind. Some of those kids really need an educated hero.


I am not opposed to minority or at-risk children having an educated hero.  What bothers me is that whenever people speak of social ills or injustices and say, "Somebody ought to do something about it!" they always seem to mean that the GOVERNMENT ought to do something about it.  I feel that this thinking is misguided and dangerous.  There is much controversy over whether this country was founded on Christian principles, and I won't wade into that argument, but I will say that I think the founding principle of our nation is this: A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.  Let's start a movement to get educated, successful black adults to speak to kids about staying in school, YES!  (Although it may be difficult, Bill Cosby is not always well-received.)  But let's not ask the government to get us into yet another mess with their "programs."  Frankly, they suck at pretty much EVERYTHING they do.



The second reason I am opposed to this speech is because I do not trust Barak Obama or his supporters.  Some of the pro-Obama propaganda that I have already seen shown in public schools is disgusting.  Here's a video made by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher of celebrities pledging to become "servants of the president" which was shown to school children in Utah.  Additionally, I have realized that we can't grant powers to the government when people we like or trust are in charge, and assume that a) they will never abuse those powers; and b) those who come into power later will never abuse those powers.  You can't say it's ok for Bush to speak to schoolkids and not Obama -- or vice versa.  You can't say this message is ok, but not that other one.  Do you think they're going to start running the message by you first?  They didn't this time!  They didn't even plan to TELL the parents until the news media found out.  Knowing that, I don't believe we should ever allow any president unchaperoned access to our kids.



Personally, I homeschool so I feel comfortable watching this address with my kids on Tuesday.  I don't have to worry about indoctrination because I'll be able to point it out to them.  I just think all parents should have that opportunity, by having the speech in the evening when parents can watch with their children.

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I think I will contact my kids' school bright and early Tuesday morning and see what the plan is. If they are showing it, I will make a visit so I can watch, too. I want to know if I need to do any damage control! My kids are in 4th and 5th grades so they understand a lot about my political views, so I really doubt that anything he could say could sway the things we talk about at home and value as a family. It would be a good time to be homeschooling!

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Well, fortunately, Tuesday is a furlough days for us teachers. But if it weren't, I'm afraid I'd have to call out sick. The kids I teach are extreme/profound handicapped, so we wouldn't be watching it in our classroom for their benefit, but my son (also in the same school where I work), would be watching it in his 6th grade class - and my daughter would be watching it in her 3rd grade class. The message 'stay in school, do well' is a strong one, to be sure, but one that teachers, principals and parents should give to the kids - not the president. This feels like propaganda in disguise.

Yes, I, too get the whole race thing thrown into my face. But truth to tell, I'm excited that we have a black man as a president. Maybe one day, we'll have a woman. The reason I did not vote for Obama had absolutely nothing to do with his race and everything to do with his pro-choice, liberal views.

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I was in a store talking about this with my aunt and I had some woman come up to me and give me a lecture about how the "right wing is making more of deal about this than is necessary". That its nothing different than what Regan has done, Bush Sr & Jr.. I stopped her in her tracks and pretty much told her (after thanking her for being rude enough to butt in on a private conversation) that in all my years of school I dont remember sitting in on a presidential speach regarless of the message and it wasnt the presidents job ar any part of governments job to speak to my kids about the importance of staying in school. It was my job. I dont believe it takes a village to raise a child, I believe it takes a family, She huffed off in a snit, but I got my point across. Now with that being said. Neither the elementary school or the middle school where my kids attend will be tuning in, and if hey did, my kids would remain home that day.

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Critics are particularly upset about lesson plans Obama's administration created to accompany the speech. The lesson plans, available online, originally recommended having students "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the President."

The White House revised the plans Wednesday to say students could "write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals."

"That was inartfully worded, and we corrected it," White House deputy policy director Heather Higginbottom said.

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Headlines/Defa...

Obama extensively studied Marxism and he is clearly implementing policies Hitler used to rise from elected president to dictator. Including securing the minds and hearts of the nation's youth. What better place to do it than at school where there is zero parental supervision.

Natalie - posted on 09/04/2009

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I definitely think that parents should be given the option to not have their children watch. My son will be in school that day, and I know that he and his "young Republicans" group will not want to watch.

Julie - posted on 09/03/2009

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I actually just spoke to the principle at our childrens school today. They are showing the speech. Even though my kids are only K and 1st grade I told him that they would not be in school that day. I made the decision not only because I can not stand the thought of my children being influenced by Obama, but because I think the school should at least notify parents this is happening and get parental consent. It is my job as a parent to teach my children morals, values and the importance of education, not the governments.

My husband and I had a talk with our school age kids today after school, and told them that they would be missing Tuesday. My son asked if it was because of the assembly where Obama was going to talk to them on the TV. I told him yes. He informed me that he had already told his teacher that he didn't want to hear him talk because, "he is not respectful of what my mom and dad and me believe." I was so proud!

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I'm so excited!! My daughter's school district has made the decision not to air the speech to the elementary students!! So my daughter won't see it. Someone told me that the president speaking is historic and could be an invaluable teaching lesson. Ummm, he doesn't even know what he's going to talk about. So the kids will be learning what??



It's my job as a parent to help my child set goals for their school years and make sure she reaches those academic goals. I don't need or want Obama's help with that. Obama needs to be talking to the people. The ones that can vote and leave our kids alone.



And for any Obama Mama lurker, if the situation was reversed and it was George W Bush who was going to be speaking to your child, how open would you be to your child listening to him?? My guess is that you wouldn't be too happy about it either.

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I am furious about this. I've been hearing a lot about the president and his"czars". I am scared for this country. If anyone wants some info on this, Glenn Beck is doing a series on them on the Fox news channel. And yes, I get that I don't like him because of his race all the time. I was told by my boss after Obama won the election that the only reason I didn't vote for him was because he was balck. I didn't vote for him mainly because I didn't and still don't feel he has the necessary experience to do the job. I didn't realize it was racism to disagree with someones opinions and beliefs. I haven't ever been interested in the political scene, but after the things I have seen and learned since January I have become what some consider an activist.

Mary - posted on 09/03/2009

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I am with you Shannon. When did we start electing presidents for permanent positions? I know that there are people out there that want to make this the case, but as far as I know, it is still only a 4 year job!

Shannon Cassidy- - posted on 09/03/2009

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I was watching the 12 noon news and this school district wants the students to read Barack Obama's book (what is it called) , In the Shadow of my Father , anyways alot of Parents are angry about this . They interviewed this one lady (Democrat) she says I don't think there is anything wrong with reading this book he is Our President he will always be our President . I am like I don't think so only for 4 long years. Lol Where on earth does she get that from HE WILL ALWAYS BE OUR PRESIDENT. He will eventualy be a former President.

Daisy - posted on 09/03/2009

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I'm just glad my kids are not old enough to attend school yet. Its scary to be seeing and hearing wants going on with our future in our kids. We need to pray this man out of office...fast:/

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I just talked to my childrens' elementary school principal this morning about this and all I got was a few minute speech from her on how she thought that they would play it and what a good thing she thought it was. She asked me why I was asking her and when I told her that I didn't agree with having my children watch this, she seemed more concerned about me not making a scene with pulling my kids out of class, than wether she was doing something that parents might disagree with. I am not looking to cause trouble with anyone, but I want parents to have the freedom to be informed and make informed decisions about what they believe is best for their children. I know, there I go saying the "F" (freedom) word again. Well, as of yet, we still have some freedom to say no to the schools and government when we don't agree with their policies, so I plan to exercise that right!

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I think that everyone needs to talk to their schools and let them know how you feel. I just talked to mine and they have already planned to just record it and give parents a chance to see it first. Then the teachers have the option to show it but parents have the option to have their child not participate and go to another class room during this time. I think that not all schools support Obama's ideas thankfully.

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The frustrating thing for me is, I posted this video link about this message on my FB wall, and I have a few liberal friends who are claiming that the reason we don't like him is because of his race. I am so tired of hearing this exuse. To tell you the truth I liked Obama at first compared to Hillary, but then heard about his radical background and his policies and was completely turned off by him.

Has anyone else had to deal with this.

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My children attend private school, so I'm not sure if they are going to show it. But, if they are, my kids will not be in school that day....thye don't need any more indoctrination

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I just asked our school principal if they were showing the speech next week and he said he knew nothing about it. I really think this is a lot of hype and panic for no reason. I would expect the first African American President to be more of a role model to African American children than any white Pres. has been to white children in the past because that's all we've ever had. The dropout rate for African Americans is the highest or at least one of the highest of all the races here in America so if Obama wants to set a new standard of expectations to the children and their parents, don't discourage it. If they listen and dropout rates lower (granted, alot of other things need to change but sometimes it just takes a seed.) that means fewer people on welfare, maybe better race relations, less for them to complain about, fewer handouts. Okay, maybe I'm dreaming a little. Anyway, as long as this doesn't turn into a monthly, weekly, mandatory thing I say this is one thing I can stand behind. Some of those kids really need an educated hero.

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We've been homeschooling our twin 4 year olds up until this point. I'm trying something new this year by sending them to a religious pre-K program. I'm wondering if I made a bad decision now. Thank goodness our schools don't start until the week of Sept. 14th!

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My daughter's open house is on Friday and I plan to ask the administration if they are having the kids watch. Her first day is Tuesday. If they are I will be picking her up and taking her home. No way am I going to have their liberal ideas being forced upon her. This is insane!!

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