Do you care if your kids hear Obama’s speech at school?

I got a call on Thursday from a mom friend who was in full outrage. She’s making her plans to keep her kids out of school on Tuesday so they are not forced to listen to President Obama’s planned podcast to school children about education.

She was told by her school she could send in a letter stating that she didn’t want her kids to participate and they wouldn’t have to listen. But she’s afraid of reprisals within the school system. Also one of her children has an African-American teacher who she is afraid of offending.

So she’s planning to keep them home sick and no one will know exactly why.  Although she’s hoping one-half of public school children won’t show and that will send a message.

If you have no idea what my friend is talking about here’s the background on the story:

According to the Department of Education:

“At 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), September 8, 2009, President Barack Obama will deliver a national address to the students of America. (Please note that this is a change from the originally scheduled time.) During this special address, the president will speak directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.”

“The U.S. Department of Education invites students of all ages, teachers, and administrators to participate in this historic moment by watching the president deliver the address, which will be broadcast live on the White House Web site (http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/) and on C-SPAN at 12:00 p.m., ET. We also encourage educators to use this moment to help students get focused and inspired to begin the new academic year. The Department of Education offers educators a menu of classroom activities-created by its teachers-in-residence, the Teaching Ambassador Fellows-to help engage students in the address and stimulate classroom discussions about the importance of education.”

I’m not sure why the Department of Education is calling it historic, when according to The Dallas Morning News President George H.W. Bush gave a speech to school children during one of his terms. (Maybe they mean the technology?)

But as Jay Bookman explained yesterday folks are upset about this:

But as the Christian Science Monitor points out, the right is all aflutter:

“Schools have used students as little lobbyists on everything from illegal immigration to gay marriage to anti-war activism, and most recently, [c]ensus collection,” (Michelle) Malkin wrote. “Will Obama be able to resist issuing a call to youth arms to marshal help in passing his legislative agenda?”

Meanwhile, the conservative radio host Dana Loesch has launched a campaign urging parents to keep their children home on the day of Obama’s speech. In an email urging against the “Socialist Indoctrination of Americas children,” [sic] Loesch explains that Americans must not “mind our Ps and Qs and blindly follow their directives”:

“That’s not the manner of governance upon which this country was founded – it is quite the opposite; even the hobbyist Constitutional aficionado appreciates this. So yes, keep your kids home on September 8th and teach them that the power of America rests in the hands of its people, no one else.”

My girlfriend hadn’t heard that cry to keep kids out of school. She thought she came up with it herself.

What do you think: Is there questionable intent by President Obama or just a pep talk at the beginning of the school year? Will you keep your kids out of school? Will you ask that your child not participate? Do you fear reprisals at that school or if that note is put in your child’s permanent record?

The speech will be shown on the link at Noon on Tuesday.

836 comments Add your comment

Operman1

September 4th, 2009
12:31 pm

Where I live, people think it is not normal to be a Title 1 school. We have one elementary school where the students actually pay for their lunches. I think that most schools want to teach their students to have their hands out for the government. And I agree that Obama is more than likely trying to indoctrinate the students to learn to like his manner of governing the people.

I do not have to worry about my son watching the President Tuesday. We know there is a reason why he is becoming unpopular. His inexperience is showing and people are noticing it. The sheep realize that they should not have picked him as President. I am a Republican and I would have been satisfied with Clinton as President. Have you ever heard Obama try to speak without a teleprompter?

Hall County Teacher

September 4th, 2009
12:33 pm

Billy – 1st Obama isn’t African-American, he’s not even black. Why does no one ever mentions Obama’s white half? 2nd, he wouldn’t read My Pet Goat because he can’t read. He’d have one of his idiot staff members do it for him.

Nana

September 4th, 2009
12:33 pm

Are you freaking kidding me? You all are up in arms about the PRESIDENT giving a speech about education? Seriously??? You people are funny. Nobody seems to have had a problem when Bush was running this country into hell in a hand basket. According to his “die hard” fans he could do no wrong. And now that someone (who by the way has only been in office in 6 months) is trying to fix the issues that BUSH created, you have the audacity to judge him and call him a socialist??? give me a break! You all need a reality check. Quit judging the man because he of his skin color and judge him on his work – which by they way will take a while to do since it obviously took Bush 8 years to complete muck up this country!

p.s. I wonder if all of you opposers had the same views when Bush Sr gave his speech in 1991????

Manny

September 4th, 2009
12:33 pm

This whole discussion is really stupid and scary. I mean, how can you shield your child from the President? He’s everywhere in the media… books, TV, magazines, etc. You mean to tell me that your child can only watch Fox News and read reports from the Heritage Foundation and news from WorldNet Daily???

This reminds me of that time when I was 10 years old and was raised a liberal. My mother was scared and crying because Ronald Reagan was about to be sworn in as President. People thought that he was going to start World War 3. But as he was getting sworn in, the hostages were being released in Iran.

Even though I openly agreed with my mother, I secretly became a moderate that day.

So kids will make up their own minds. It isn’t this vast left-wing conspiracy to indoctrinate your kids into communism. It’s just going to be a talk about working hard in school and using good study habits.

But this is typical of why I cannot become a Republican, even though I’m more right-leaning… these people look and sound crazy. Hey, can sensible moderates come up with our own party?

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:33 pm

Tina, as Barney Frank said, what planet do you live on?

Obama is doing a terrible job and his poll numbers are in the tank. This guy makes Jimmy Carter look like Reagan.

Oh, and to the race baiting idiots on this blog who claim that people who oppose Obama are racist: To you idiots I say, go F yourselves!

socialismsux

September 4th, 2009
12:33 pm

I don’t want this man anywhere near my kids. We know what his agenda is.

songbird

September 4th, 2009
12:34 pm

Coming from a state with one of the highest drop out rates and lowest level of achievement in education, none of this surprises me, including the stupid and inane comments from many people on this blog.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:34 pm

Maya, Bush 41 never got on national tv to talk to children. Please provide facts.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
12:34 pm

David Axelfraud @12:25

Parents do have choice. They can either keep them out of school that day or sign the consent form that tells the school “No, I don’t want my children viewing or discussing this subject. Go to Fulton County’s website… it’s there for all to see.

Bryan Ford

September 4th, 2009
12:35 pm

I can’t even believe that there is a question here or that this is even being debated! From everthing I have read, the President will discuss the value of an education, the importance of it, and staying in school to better yourself. What harm is done here. If a school principal did this, would you keep your kids out of school that day? If the president were to discuss other items, such as health care reform, I could see where there could be an issue. I think anyone who shares with our next generation the value of education should not be shunned! For all of those in political office who will be running for reelection, and are against this, I hope the media depicts you in vivid detail as a candidate who is against our children being presented the values of an education. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!!!!

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:35 pm

songbird, as opposed to what state, California or maybe Michigan? Yeah, its working real well up there. Both those states are bankrupt.

RPMV

September 4th, 2009
12:36 pm

Really people? Are we really going to go back and forth about whites are racists no blacks are racist…what are we fourth graders. Come on? We all have a right to share our opinions we all have a right to discuss things but honestly bad naming each other. One thing stands we are all AMERICAN! You know the country that has the constitution that says you have a right to public opinion, freedom of speech. Yeah we have the right to say i dont agree and i think the pres. is wrong but it is so immature and uncivilized to go back and forth mocking and berating each other. Calm down, discuss things, act your age.

The issue is about our children, I respect my parents wishes and if they wanted me to stay home so be it, but dont go telling others that they are unintelligent because they have opinions. This country will only get better if the people work together not against. I swear the government is a bunch of cliques like in HS you are either demo or rep, either liberal or conservative. Im not asking for peace on Earth just a little maturity.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:37 pm

Jeff in Roswell, and I can damn well guarantee you that teachers will ridicule the students who don’t watch the speech. People on this blog are complaining about our school systems being bad yet they don’t blame the government. GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM!

Bottom line: public school systems all over the country are terrible.

ImAPeach404

September 4th, 2009
12:37 pm

I’m keeping my son out of school on Tuesday because our school district (Forsyth) has decided NOT to show the speech (surprise, surprise).

I will use this day for a little “home schooling”. Hopefully I can find it online ahead of time, create a Q&A/discussion session after we view it, have him write a report on how he plans to take advantage of his education and his plans for the future, then we’ll go the library.

Hall County Teacher

September 4th, 2009
12:37 pm

I like how all of you idiots are writing about watching, listening, and having a mind of your own. YOU ARE THE ONES THAT ARE DRINKING THE COOL-AID!!! This Hitler-like multi-racial person that you want to call president was elected only because he ran as a black man. I guess if you are multi-racial now you can choose which race fits you best for specifc times. Keep drinking the cool-aid….

Judy

September 4th, 2009
12:38 pm

On November 14, 1988, Reagan addressed students from four area middle schools , the speech was broadcast live, and Instructional Television Network fed the program to schools nationwide on three different days. My son was in 2nd grade. I didn’t agree with Reagan’s policies, but I certainly would never have considered not allowing my child to hear what the President had to say — what in the world is going on here?

That's right

September 4th, 2009
12:38 pm

Are you folks deaf or just that oblivious to see that it isn’t a race issue? It is a fundamental difference of freedoms, liberty, and capitalism versus a loss of freedoms and an infusion of socialism. I have a right to disagree with the way the President wants to take this country. Does it have anything to do with race? No, it doesn’t. I don’t wake up in the middle of the night, concerned that a black man is in the White House. I wake up in the middle of the night because I am concerned that the foundations of which this country was built are being demolished and replaced with European Socialism. Get it out of your simplistic mind that it is a race issue and realize that this is much bigger than any race issue could ever be. This is a paradigm shift in the way the country is going – from what has worked to what has proven not to work in other countries. Where is the race issue in that? It is made up by liberals to have a “buffer” excuse for why people don’t agree with Obama. That’s the reality of it.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:38 pm

Bryan Ford, the only thing I am ashamed of is the fact that uneducated idiots voted for Obama.

Charlie

September 4th, 2009
12:38 pm

What kills me, is the lack of security Obama supporters have. For my entire life time I have seen nothing but disrespect and anger directed toward white presidents. (New Orleans a perfect example), but a soon as a black man is elected, they expect nothing but respect for him.

Personally, I saw both good in bad in ever president we have ever had, Obama included, but I will not be goated into hold off on criticism of MY president, regardless of the color of his skin.

Greg

September 4th, 2009
12:38 pm

If George H. W. Bush or Ronald Regan had done this, there wouldn’t have been a peep of protest from the right.

Oh, wait a second… they both did!

Of course, then the Democrats criticized it for an improper use of taxpayer money.

Those of you who think the President is out to brainwash your kids are simple-minded idiots, easily led from talking point to talking point by fear-mongers like Sean Hannity and Glen Beck. Unfortunately, your children will pay the price, by growing up in a household that hold any opinion that differs from yours as something to be feared and sheltered from.

Corrections

September 4th, 2009
12:39 pm

Facts – It was George HW Bush who addressed kids in ‘91 about saying no to drugs. Clearly defined as that before the speech and was aired on CNN. George W Bush did not address school children.

The outright hatred of George W Bush is disgusting. The conservatives that are being trashed on here do not hate Obama they dislike his policies and what he stands for. The liberals on here hate W the man and what he stands for – there is a difference.

If Obama told us what he was going to talk about (today would be the latest that should be done) then we can decide. As it is now we have no idea what he will talk about other than what the DOE has produced. What the DOE has supplied is a little shady.

I want to know what he plans to say. I do not agree with his policies at all but if he is going to just say stay in school, get an education, etc. then all is fine. Unfortunately Obama has shown that he can’t be trusted to do just that.

By the way – Bill Hodge – you are an abject moron.

Simple Dan

September 4th, 2009
12:39 pm

It’s very simple. If Obama had the trust of people, there would be no outrage.

As it stands, more than half the people in the country don’t trust him to just tell kids “it’s cool to stay in school.” We are all pretty much assured he planned to sprinkle in his left wing rhetoric about how the government is here to take care of the people, health care is a right, etc…

Since Obama is an appeaser, his message will likely be altered to be very generic…but ONLY because of the outrage. Obama is a tool and I can’t wait for 2012.

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
12:39 pm

@EE- I am NOT receiving any benefits, but I AM paying into the systems. That’s one of the reasons I don’t like socialism. I keep paying to make sure others are at my “level” so to speak. Heaven forbid we have a heterogeneous society. it’s not the government’s job to dictate that my money should go to those who choose not to work and continue to collect Uncle Sam’s check.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
12:39 pm

David – broad statements coming from a narrow mind.

I am NO fan of Obama but this arguement is just down right silly.

JEM

September 4th, 2009
12:40 pm

I voted for Obama. I wish him well. I would certainly want my students to see his speech. (I am a retired teacher.) The President is concerned about the educational system and the dropouts. I am at a loss in this debate about whether or not he should speak to the students. What is wrong with people? He is concerned about our children. He is not trying to push his healthcare reform through the children. Most of them don’t even care about it unless they are in High School. The children he is targeting are in Middle and Elementary. He is targeting them so that they will get to High School. No other president has done anything like this to stem the flow of children out of the education system before they graduate. I can vouch for that, as I worked in schools where the drop out rate is high. The students are from poor families. I am just confounded about why it is such a big deal. One of the criteria for making AYP in the schools is the dropout rate. Come on, People.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:40 pm

Judy, the difference between Obama and Reagan was the fact that Reagan loved freedom and his country. He was not ashamed of it like Obamas wife is. He promoted freedom and freedom of choice. He didn’t bow to teachers unions like Obama.

Reagan was a leader with a mission. Obama is a Chicago hack politician with a Teleprompter.

Rick

September 4th, 2009
12:41 pm

ncgreybr

I don’t believe in a heart beat HIS KIDS wouldn’t be safe in PUBLIC SCHOOLS. His kids are going to Private school because he knows they are better.. He is willing to do nothing to correct the issues in PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Everything is OK send money – As President, I’ll tell the kids they need to apply themselves more. Everyone thinks they are more special than the next person. I am saying there would be no problems in the PUBLIC SCHOOLS if EVERYONE was required to attend the PUBLIC SCHOOLS..

One school system – one tax code – one health care system – If it’s that important, make it standard and uniform in each state…….. We’re not the United States. Where are we united?

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:41 pm

Jeff in Roswell, I love it when libs claim that others who don’t agree with them are narrow minded.

Lib play card: You’re either a racist, a nazi or you are small minded.

Go sell stupid somewhere else Jeff.

justmyopinion

September 4th, 2009
12:41 pm

MomOf2Girls – I remember a quote “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for it” it was initially said by a president but it wasn’t the 44th president.

Furthermore, there IS no greater SWAY or more profound of a message than that of a parent! Believe in yourselves and your children. Teach them that to make an informed and rational decisions they have to educate themselves on all sides. That has nothing to do with listening to Obama Speech, its a FACT of LIFE!!!

I’m totally with you MJ – You Rock!!!

Carrancanclan

September 4th, 2009
12:42 pm

how can you look up a person when all he is done is support the enemy and promote unborn children , i do not want him near my children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris Salzmann

September 4th, 2009
12:42 pm

David Axelfraud September 4th, 2009 12:40 pm SAID: Judy, the difference between Obama and Reagan was the fact that Reagan loved freedom and his country.

CHRIS SAYS: And that Reagan was White and Obama’s Black, right? Come on, just spell it out instead of dancing around your bigotry.

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
12:42 pm

Oh and BTW, race has NOTHING to do with the issue. But it’s interesting when no one can find a valid rebuttal, the race card is ALWAYS pulled.

Like I said previously, my husband and I (both moderate republicans) almost voted for him. So sorry, pull the race card on someone else, please.

Ellie

September 4th, 2009
12:42 pm

Yes, yes, yes – I hope all the rightwing nuts will tell their kids to NOT LISTEN to the president – then, whenever they happen to hear him speaking, their ears will perk and they will PAY ATTENTION to what he’s saying. They will be too curious as to what Mama and Daddy are so afraid of . . . and they will be drawn to his words and thoughts, and perhaps, just perhaps, they will think for themselves.

(As someone else has said about these scaredy cat rightwingers – beauty is only skin deep, but stupid goes all the way to the bone.)

Candy

September 4th, 2009
12:43 pm

For those who are dead set against their children having to listen to someone who has made a success of his life because of getting an education…

You must be very proud that GA comes in near the bottom of the list when it comes to kids getting a good education and graduating high school.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:43 pm

If Obama is such a great leader why can he not lead?

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
12:43 pm

The fact that Obama has had the government take over the car industry, attempt the health care industry, giving away stimulus checks like money is growing on a tree….These are the reasons why many are skeptical and concerned about the country. Socialism starts somewhere. Little by little.

Michael

September 4th, 2009
12:44 pm

I can’t believe what people are saying on here. If his speech is aimed at sending a positive message on the importance of staying in school and getting an education how can that be harmful? I’d certainly rather have my kids looking to him as a role model rather than some pro sports player or pop music icon. It amazes me what a nasty state today’s society has de-evolved to.

RPMV

September 4th, 2009
12:44 pm

So has anyone thought of this….Why is Obama giving a speech to Public school kids when his ‘amazing stimulus package’ made it to where budget cuts were enormous and the first thing to get cut was get this PUBLIC SCHOOLS!!! WOW! In south carolina alone there was a predicted 80 million lost for public schools. The schools are closing down left and right not because kids are dropping out but because Obama made it where they have no MONEY!!!

songbird

September 4th, 2009
12:44 pm

Axelfraud – gee the name says it all doesn’t it. But if you were well informed, which you are not, you would know that more college educated people voted for Obama and they are moving more towards the Democratic party. The people voting Republican and more and more becoming the rural and southern religious wingnuts. Do a little research before you spout off with inaccurate garbage. Try studying the stats on fivethirtyeight.com or realclearpolitics.com, you might actually learn something.

Jeff in Roswell

September 4th, 2009
12:45 pm

Hall County Teacher – I’d have your a$$ fired if you were my kid’s teacher.

Facts

September 4th, 2009
12:45 pm

95% of black voters voted for Obama. Common sense would dictate that when you have a black teacher there is a 9.5/10 chance they voted for Obama.

If you disagree with Obama’s policies or did not vote for him that does not make you a racist. If you disagree with that then let’s put the shoe on the other foot. If you are black and you didn’t vote for Bush and didn’t like his policies then you are a racist.

JEM

September 4th, 2009
12:45 pm

Hall County Teacher,
Is today a holiday in Hall County Schools? If not you should be reported for inappropriate use of the computer at the expense of the taxpayers.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:45 pm

Chris Salzmann, unless you have proof of me being a racist I would encourage you to shut F*&K up. People like you are the types to cause racial barriers in this country. Funny how you try to paint me as a racist when your party was calling Condi Rice the N word and Colin Powel an Uncle Tom.

Your party has a former member of the KKK in right now. Mr. Robert Byrd of WV!

MORON

nurse&mother

September 4th, 2009
12:46 pm

If socialism is so wonderful, why don’t the folks who yearn for it go to another socialist country? Just curious. I would love to get an answer to that one.

Ellie

September 4th, 2009
12:46 pm

QUOTING – “Mary: “I have no idea where such pervasive ignorance in a country can possibly lead”

…it leads to a 35-50% HS drop out rate. We are literally becomming a nation of idiots with the State of Georgia leading the way.”

Thank you! One of the best points made in all this discussion!

Get Real

September 4th, 2009
12:46 pm

You women really make me laugh. You’re sending your children to a public school partially funded by U.S. federal tax dollars. By pulling your children out of school that day, you are not only depriving them of their teachers’ lessons of the day, but you are failing to teach them respect, tolerance and just plain old politeness. You’re also teaching them that lying by pretending to be sick is okay.

Are you afraid President Obama is going to send out subliminal messages to somehow make your kids force you to support his health care agenda? Are you willing to debate the pros and cons of a subject with your children, or just tell them it’s your way or the highway?

This country finally has a literate, articulate, intelligent (Christian) President who has vowed to pump more funds into public education so that your children may have the opportunity to become better students, thereby enabling them to compete in the global economy. You, however, would prefer to teach them to hate him and the role model he exemplifies. Maybe you should put down your tennis racquet and start home schooling to be certain they learn the lessons of bigotry, hate and ignorance.

Chris Salzmann

September 4th, 2009
12:47 pm

Simple Dan September 4th, 2009 12:39 pm SAID: It’s very simple. If Obama had the trust of people, there would be no outrage.

CHRIS SAYS: Oh yeah. I can bet my years paychecks that everyone who’s protesting here and calling Obama’s speech an “outrage”, didn’t vote for him anyway. Give me a break!

Simple Dan September 4th, 2009 12:39 pm SAID: As it stands, more than half the people in the country don’t trust him to just tell kids “it’s cool to stay in school.” We are all pretty much assured he planned to sprinkle in his left wing rhetoric about how the government is here to take care of the people, health care is a right, etc…

CHRIS SAYS: So telling kids to take responsibility is left-wing rhetoric??? Maybe he should insist that all kids with Republican parents stay as dumb as their parents. Would you agree with that?

Simple Dan September 4th, 2009 12:39 pm SAID: Since Obama is an appeaser, his message will likely be altered to be very generic…but ONLY because of the outrage. Obama is a tool and I can’t wait for 2012.

CHRIS SAYS: Yeah, never say sorry about anything? Is that the lesson you teach your kids? Wow, you should sign up for parenting classes because you need it. 2012? You didn’t vote for Obama in 2008 so who the hell cares?

Don

September 4th, 2009
12:47 pm

Do your kids see you drinking, smoking or cursing and calling yourself a Christian. Yet you don’t want them to see the Presdent. People are such Hypocrites.

JEM

September 4th, 2009
12:47 pm

It’s called technology. It’s in all classrooms now. There is also a thing called planning period as well as early release. Come join us in 2009 JEM.

David Axelfraud

September 4th, 2009
12:47 pm

songbird, if you are so well-informed, which you are not, then you would know that the democrat party is at an all-time low in the polls. Obamas poll numbers are at 45%. Bush’s poll numbers were not that low until his final months in office. Obama can not lead and he can not sell his policies. He’s a hack politician who can’t get by without a teleprompter.