Several of you are commenting on President Obama’s speech in a way that suggests you didn’t hear or read it. If your children did not hear it in their schools, it is worth sharing with them, especially the short bios the president provided of teens making a difference in their communities.
In one of the most contradictory conversations of my week, I fell into small talk with a woman at a sports field and it came up that I am from New Jersey. She told me she knows nothing about my home state except what she sees on “Jersey Shore,” which is her children’s favorite reality TV show. Later in the conversation, she told me that she would never would have allowed her kids to watch the Obama speech had it been shown at their private school.
OK, I thought, your kids can’t hear Obama talk about the power of education but they can watch a crass TV show that venerates drinking,