Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rethinking Course Recommendations

The Obama administration is rethinking its course recommendations for students ahead of Obama's address to the nation's school children next week. Rewriting its suggestions to teachers for student assignments on how to "help the president."

White House aides said the language was supposed to be an inspirational, pro-education message to America's youths, but its unintended consequences were evident.

Among the activities initially suggested for pre-K to 6th grade students was to "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president."

Another assignment for students for hearing the speech was to discuss "what the president wants us to do."

This suggestion about writing letters has since been changed to: "Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.

There has been a firestorm from parents who are outraged and refusing to allow their children to participate in Obama's speech.

The reasons are varied. It is unlikely that the speech would have been a blip on the radar without the advance "teaching points." Other presidents, including Reagan and George W. Bush have also made speeches to school children. However, there was no advance teaching points designed to focus on the president, his message and how children should respond to it.

Some parents are concerned mostly about the wording of the teaching points. Others are concerned because of Obama's policies.

There is no doubt that six months into the presidency, Obama has become one of the most polarizing presidents in our nation's history.

Frankly, I'm pleased that the right is mobilizing. This is just a small thing, it seems. But people who have never been politically active before are now standing up for what they believe and no longer letting the left set the agenda. It's about time.


LL September 5, 2009 at 9:23 PM  

I don't think of it as "the right" mobilizing. I think of it as Americans mobilizing. The light has gone on.

Most people who are opposed to Obama are not united behind the Republican Party. While there are Republican Senators and Representatives, they are not calling the shots anywhere with the American people.

Like the blog post - Obama is clearly polarizing. However he's pushing Democrats away from his position and creating a truly spontaneous combustion of Americans who wish to keep their republic and do not and will not submit to his utopian socialist agenda.

Opus #6 September 5, 2009 at 9:35 PM  

I don't want my kids anywhere near Barack Hussein Obama. Sorry. He is a commie in my book and thus a bad influence on them. He consorts with commies and radicals and refuses to denounce them. Hence he is one of them and persona non grata to me.

Red September 5, 2009 at 11:32 PM  

Same same with the last sentiment for sure—the FAUXTUS has been one of the most polarizing in history with the help of a bourgeois Congress. The one good thing that has come of things is what you wrote of: Americans are mobilizing and standing up for their rights and paying attention to what is going down. I think this administration didn't count on us taking days off from work to go protest or the many other sacrifices we working Americans make to handle up on an out of control Federal government. UNfortunately it's going to get worse before it gets better. Let's hear it for true patriotism, not that PC movie hogwash. A true patriot calls out b.s when it's happening just like a real friend will call you out when you are being obtuse.

WoFat September 6, 2009 at 4:29 PM  

I agree with Opus. Of course, my kid is 45 and can consort with anyone he wants to.

Soloman September 6, 2009 at 7:33 PM  

It is fascinating to see how many times this administration beta tests an idea and then makes retractions and changes based on the reaction of the public.

If I want to be beta-tested, I'll buy a new Microsoft operating system.

My idea of a good politician is one who acts based on values and principles, not on polling data or sample group testing.

I guess that makes President Obama not a good politician in my view.

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