Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Higher Education Through the U.S. Government

This page appeared on the website for the U. S. Department of Education, discussing the president's planned "National Address to the America's Schoolchildren."

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And liberals wonder why Conservatives are turning so strongly to homeschooling, private schools, and are pushing for voucher programs nationwide.

I am the product of a public education before the demise of public education, and I'm forever grateful.


Pedaling said...

i am grateful my kids go to a charter school where not only have they learned literature, English, math and science, but they also still say the pledge of allegiance every day (with under God, still included) and know ALL the verses of the star spangled banner.
called the school today and as i expected they will not be broadcasting mr. president on the 8th or any other day!

tammy said...

When I first saw this, I was ticked. I immediately sent emails to my boys' principals. Then I saw this (below) on another blog and am thinking maybe I'll just prep my boys instead (actually my oldest could answer them without any prep):

Who is the President of the United States?
Answer: Barack Hussein Obama

What do you think it takes to be President?
Answer: A long-form birth certificate. A winning smile, pretty words, a willing press, and a populace that votes for people based on how "cool" they are. Also, a wife whose arms are capable of beating nay-sayers into submission.

To whom do you think the President is going to be speaking?
Answer: Future voters.

Why do you think he wants to speak to you?
Answer: Because his approval ratings are in the tank, his health bill is failing, and Vice President Biden probably wanted to address the schools, but the White House figured this was a safer alternative.

What do you think he will say to you?
Answer: I think he will say that you can do anything you set your mind to. For example, Obama has achieved something no American has ever accomplished: he visited all 57 states in the country.

As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following:

What is the President trying to tell me?
Answer: He seems to be saying that our health care system is broken and only the hem of his robe will save us in the future.

What is the President asking me to do?
Answer: Turn in my neighbors, parents and friends who disagree with him.

What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?
Answer: Well, it's not really a new idea, but it sounds like he's asking me to embrace socialism. Or worse, befriend his hippie followers.

(all from this blog:

tammy said...

Another post on this you will like:

Mikki said...

Well, I was thinking that it seems innocent enough. Education is certainly important, and our President should certainly encourage our children in this pursuit. But, why can't he broadcast this thing in the evening, when our kids are home with us, their parents to discuss it with?

Soloman said...

Pedaling - I heard a lot of callers to local radio with the same opinion and results as yours - charter schools either will not broadcast, or will have permission slips. That's the way it should be.

Soloman said...

Tammy - J. D. Hayworth posted something similar -

Are your boys being given permission slips, or is it being broadcast with their expected attendance regardless?

Soloman said...

Mikki - agreed, but then.. do you know your teacher's politics? One fear being discussed is the concept that liberal teachers will do the actual indoctrination, not the POTUS. Therefore... you are correct - why can't this be done so that the discussion can be had in the home, rather than in a classroom?

At least have permission slips.. otherwise parents who keep their kids home do so with good reason.