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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Cheryl - posted on 09/02/2009

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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

Laura - posted on 09/02/2009

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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.

Karen - posted on 09/02/2009

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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!

Rebecca - posted on 09/02/2009

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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!!

Angela (Angi) - posted on 09/02/2009

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Just found out about this today. Uggh. Sounds like a good day for people in the public school system to skip!

Laura - posted on 09/02/2009

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I can see the need for this in some schoos, some school districts. I live near a big city and the school district isn't as good as it should be. There are good schools, good students and then there are the others. Alot of that has to do with lack of parental attention, motivation along with other factors. So to these schools and students a President from a minority race telling them that school is important that's how you get somewhere in life is a long awaited motivation for some students, teachers, and someone like me who is frustrated when I hear that minority students don't think much of school because it's the "white" way. Now I live in a very good school district so it will be interesting to see if they choose to do this. The way I see it is Obama wants to fill in some parenting where he knows it's lacking. A little of this is good, too much -not so good.

Rebecca - posted on 09/02/2009

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I am going to give it one more year and if things get any worse she will either go to a private Christian school(we live near a good affordable one) or be home schooled.

Traci - posted on 09/01/2009

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I won't pull my daughter out...because she already knows how we feel about him. LOL I'll talk to her about it after school, if they even show it (which I doubt they will ;). I would love to homeschool, but we live in a really great district and I don't think it's necessary just yet... ;)

Brandy - posted on 09/01/2009

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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.

Gina - posted on 09/01/2009

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Exactly, this year I took a leap and pulled them out of school. Believe me, this is one of the hardest decisions I have made since I really enjoy my time alone while they're at school. I just decided that public school is not serving their best interest anymore.

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I saw that earlier. I am thankful my kids don't start school until the 9th. The teacher's talking points reminds me of the JFK speech. "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country". In Obama's case, it is more like... "Do what the elected officials say and want you to do, and you will do well."

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