I said this last year and I will say it this year: It is a sad commentary on political incivility when schools feel compelled to allow students to opt out of watching a back-to-school speech by a U.S. president.
But it is happening in local schools systems, including Gwinnett, which sent this note home to parents at some schools.
Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):
We will air President Obama’s third annual national address directly to students on Monday, October 3, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. President Obama’s speech coincides with the beginning of school for many districts across the nation. His actual speech will be delivered on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at 1:30 p.m.
If you do not want your child to view the address, please complete the bottom portion of this letter and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Friday, September 30, 2011. Those students who will not view the broadcast at their parents’ request will report to the gymnasium with an appropriate book, magazine, or newspaper after reporting to homeroom. Please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions or concerns.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog