An email went out to the parents of our school district the other day in regards to President Obama’s Speech. Here…it’s short. Read it. Then, let’s discuss, shall we?
District Response to President Obama’s September 8th Speech
F Public Schools was notified by the U.S. Department of Education that President Obama would be speaking to students via a web-based address on September 8, 2009 at noon.
The first day of school is generally a very full day for teachers and students, and many students will be either at lunch or in a classroom with previously planned activities taking place at that time. At all levels, elementary and secondary, it will be up to the teacher’s discretion if and how they will incorporate the speech into their classroom lessons. We trust the expertise of our teachers.
We have received a few calls from parents who are concerned about the District showing the President’s speech in the classrooms. Therefore, out of respect for all viewpoints, parents will be allowed to follow the established procedures if they would like to take their child(ren) out of school during this time.
It is our understanding that the President’s message is not a policy speech and that the intent is for students to work hard, set high educational goals and take responsibility for their learning.
Yeah. That’s the letter. In it’s entirety. Impressive, eh? Makes you wonder what kind of education my kids are getting.
I read and reread that email.
Because I don’t get it! Then again, it IS me we’re talking about. But pulling your kids from school? Why? To get an extra 15-20 minutes for lunch?
I read it aloud to my husband. He, an educator himself, did not quite get it. He sneered and said that no child should be excused from this. It’s our President, regardless of how anyone feels about him, who is speaking. About something as important as our children and their education. If you are going to watch it during school as part of the introduction to the school year, it can be used as a very positive tool.
What are parents so afraid of that they would come and take their kids from the classrooms while our President is speaking to them? I read something ridiculous about worries of brainwashing. Give. Me. A. BREAK!!!
Silly me. The first thing I thought of is, maybe the President will say something that will hit home to some who don’t think school should be a priority, like my son. Maybe, because I can’t get through to him, President Obama might actually be able to. A man. A minority. The President of the United States, who overcame so many odds and ended up where he is. Because of his drive and determination. And…his desire to learn. His EDUCATION. Despite anyone who may have a negative opinion regarding how well he is doing as our countries leader, it’s still impressive and respectable that he got where he is.
There are so many kids out there who don’t value their education. Who float through, overlooked and slipping through cracks. Not because they aren’t capable. But because they don’t care. They shrug it off. Despite parents who try and work with them and are met with vacant stares or temper tantrums, and yes, I’m speaking from experience.
My son. Who, for some reason, gave up last year and barely passed his classes. My heartache.
So I’m really hoping that our President, during his speech on my childrens’ first day back to school, says something that hits home and opens the eyes of children around the country who, like my son, have given up or who have never cared. Something that makes them realize that their education is as important as their health.
I went and read this article that essentially states the reason for this speech. Setting goals. Working hard. Stay in school.
Why in the heck would you want to pull your kids out of school for something that may be so beneficial?
Can someone explain what could possibly be negative about this? Because I really don’t understand.