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Sep 3, 2009 6 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

No Child Left Unbrainwashed?

The White House has announced (http://www NULL.whitehouse NULL.gov/the_press_office/MEDIA-ADVISORY-President-Obama-to-Speak-Directly-to-Students-in-National-Address-on-Educational-Success/) that next Tuesday, September 8, President Obama will address the schoolchildren of America in a live speech which will be streamed into every classroom all across our nation.

According to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, “The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.”

But is it really that simple and straightforward?

The Department of Education has urged teachers to build lesson plans around the speech (http://www NULL.ed NULL.gov/admins/lead/academic/bts NULL.html), has released model lesson plans, and has offered “educators a menu of classroom activities…to help engage students in the address and stimulate classroom discussions about the importance of education.” The Department had also recommended that students be asked to write a letter to themselves on “how to help the president.” However, amid a storm of protest (http://www NULL.foxnews NULL.com/politics/2009/09/03/parents-object-obamas-national-address-students/), the Department has modified that recommendation and now urges teachers to have students “write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals.”

So what’s wrong with this?

First, it involves a highly-controversial political figure speaking to a captive audience of young, impressionable children who do not have a choice about being there and who do not have a choice about watching the speech.

Second, it bypasses the children’s parents and is a way of reaching their hearts and minds without their parents’ presence or approval.

Third, it sets a precedent for more partisan and ideological messages to school children in the future.

And fourth, it is federal intrusion into education for which there is no constitutional basis whatsoever.

So what can be done about it?

  • The Governor of Alabama has pointed out that no school is required to show the speech. Parents can call the school, or the superintendent, or the school board, and request that the speech not be shown.
  • If the speech is going to be shown, you can request that your student be allowed to opt out of the program, or kept at home for the day.
  • You could ask to be present while the speech is presented, or ask to see a copy of the speech, so you can discuss it with your children.
  • You could ask that for equal time for yourself or someone else to comment on the President’s speech. There is always an opposition response to the President’s State of the Union Address.

Some might say conservatives are being unduly alarmist about this speech. But this President, more than any other, tries to inject a Leftist ideological slant into everything he says and does, and he is expert at using carefully chosen code language to do it. Addressing a national captive audience of impressionable children raises too great a risk of indoctrination. It’s a bad idea, and it should be scrapped.

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Comments

  1. Suzanne Kiefer says:

    Thank you for affirming the stand I took today with our
    local school superintendant. I called today and respectfully
    shared my concerns. I will reiterate them via email
    referring to these points.

    Thank you very much.

    Concerned in Upstate NY

  2. Leticia Velasquez (http://causa-nostrae-laetitiae NULL.blogspot NULL.com) says:

    Suzane, that is an excellent idea. My daughter is too young to understand the message, but I want to take a stand on this without being unduly confrontational.

  3. Robert Dinkle says:

    Friend,
    How can you stand to live with yourself? How can you worship God when lies like this are still on your lips?
    You call the President of the United States a “highly-controversial political figure,” neglecting to include the fact that the lies the church has spread about him, have made him controversial.

    My prayer for you and the so called Satan led church you are in which continues to spread the hateful lies of the father of lies is that God Judge you in a mighty way, and expose you and the other churches for the false Prophets and lying teachers you really are. I pray God Almighty brings down you house of lies with a great crash, heard round the world:

    Your house is built upon a mound of sand, and truth is the stranger who never calls:
    Mat 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them
    not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the
    sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
    and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

    Shame on you

  4. Crystal says:

    I don’t believe John, the writer of this article, mentioned anything about God. He was simply informing what was taken place and educating parents who may not agree with Obama’s policies, that they have legal parental rights to raise their children as they best se fit. This includes what policies they are taught as are moral, just and right in the eyes of that parent or individual.

    The truth is, whether denied or not, Obama’s policies have had huge controversy, from the support of homosexual marriages to abortions. Whether either one of us thinks they are right or not, you cannot deny the fact they are issues of controversy…. So, yes, Obama is a “highly-controversial political figure” just in that regard alone. Not to mention that the new health care reform that is under-way has not stopped being talked about as a controversial issue because of tax-payer dollars going to government-aided abortions… and that can not be denied, the proof is there. So, whether I agree with the article or not, parents will and should always have the God-given rights to over-see and guide their children in the ways they see just. Asking to be in a room during the presentation or asking for a copy of what was talked about is simply being WISE as a parent…and I believe that would go for any political leader. We as parents have a mandate and are accountable for the things are children learn. Robert, the accusations and anger you exhibit in your response was irrelevant and only showed you had some personal offense with those who do not support Obama. It had little to do with what the article was actually trying to communicate. Thank you John, I do plan to forward your concerned article to some parents who have children in public school.

  5. James says:

    President Obama’s speech to the school children of America has to be stopped. Even if parents are allowed to sit in or get copies of the speech so they can explain things to their children, everyone knows as well as I do there are a great number of parents who don’t have the time or won’t take the time to do this and there are some that don’t care. So even if parents are allowed to sit in or get copies of the speech, Obama will still be able to get his Marxist Ideals instilled into a fairly large number of unsupervised highly impressionable children this time around.
    Also as we all well know if Obama’s speech is allowed even once, these people are extremely persistent and will want to have these nationwide school speeches again and again, gaining a few more impressionable minds each time.
    That is why this can never be allowed, not this coming Tuesday September 8, 2009, or ever.

  6. Linda (http://facebook) says:

    Crystal, I couldn’t have said it any better myself!!!

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