Okay I have included lots of comments from fellow bloggers and some news clippings in this. My feeling is this was retarded! If you kept your child home i think you gave your kido the wrong message. Kids didn't need to be taught that they don't have to listen to their president! It's the president... If you tell them they can pick and choose from people in authority that is the wrong message. WE put the president there wether you agree with everything he does or not he should still be respected for being in that office. Next time choose someone else but wether you like him or not giving a speech to encourage kids to stay in school and become something of themselves is a good thing!! Hello if my crackhead neighbor told my kid about staying in school to become something i would let them. It's a good message. If the kids had issues with what they heard then you parents out there need to sit down and talk to them at the kitchen table. If Parents spent half the time talking to their kids as they do making a fuss over stupid issues like this.. the world would be a different place. I blame what the world is coming to on the parents. YOu let your kids turn out this way. There are always bad eggs but today parents just give in and give up way to easy. I am by no means the "perfect" parent but i love my kid and i don't believe that ignorance is bliss. To be able to argue a point you have to hear and know both sides to the story.
“This isn’t a policy speech,” said Sandra Abrevaya, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education. “It’s designed to encourage kids to stay in school. The choice on whether to show the speech to students is entirely in the hands of each school. This is absolutely voluntary.”
It’s difficult for me to understand how listening to the president, the commander in chief, the chief citizen of this country, is damaging to the youth of today,” said Phyllis Griffin Epps, an analyst for the city who has two children in public school.
Obama’s speech to students was first announced late last month but criticism grew this week, as conservative commentators including Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin said Obama was trying to improperly influence the students. Beck even urged parents to take their children out of school on Tuesday to protest Obama’s speech
It is absolutely mind boggling to me that any educational institution would prevent their student body from seeing the President of the United States address ... students. Elected officials are invited every single year to talk to students in their districts (including highly controversial legislators who have said highly inappropriate things about young people). Yet, these very same schools are preventing students from seeing a speech from the President of the United States. Schools. The President.
Far scarier than any speech is that our children are being educated in school districts where administrators are so willing to sacrifice education for their own personal convenience. Administrators who aren't committed enough to educate ALL young people by doing jobs and deal with a handful of parents who are playing politics
This is the President of the United States. When I was in school we watched the inuagurations speeches of every president, we watched Martin Luther King's "I Have a
Dream" speech, we watch Nixon's resignation speech, we even watched the Watergate Hearings in Civics class. We may have even watched taped speeches of Malcom X and Louis Farakhan. I agree with other posters the real losers are the kids whose parents opted out, or kept them home.
It's a pleasure to have a literate, intelligent man represent our country. Bush was so inept and silly America has been dumbed down to the point that intelligentce and reason is scary. One does not have to agree with every word that is said
George H.W.Bush spoke to school kids during his presidency and asked kids to write to him. Some democrats objected to that but it was barely a ripple effect compared to the outrageous and assine response of the right wing nut job parents. These parents should ban together and built their own damn schools and teach what they want, as for me, thank God my grandchildren are receiving not only a first class education in a public school, but they have parents who actually sit down with them at the dinner table and discuss important issues. Both Sides of an argument are addressed. When they get out in the world and have to interact with those whose parents kept them from intellectual inquiry and development, it will sadly be a battle with an unarmed opponent for my grandkids!
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