Thursday, September 3, 2009

Obama's Speech to School Kidz

Barack Obama plans to deliver an Orwellian speech to school children across the nation on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 12:00 Noon (Eastern time), but has already backed down on parts of his presentation. Obama's speech will not be televised. Instead, it will be streamed live on the Internet at the Whitehouse website. This means that you, homeschoolers, or anybody can watch it. (More about the home schooling aspect at School districts across the country are discussing possible bans of the speech from classrooms, due in part to objections from parents who do not want their kids to be indoctrinated against their will. In fact, the wave of objection to the in-classrooms speech has been so strong that Obama's handlers rewrote part of it. The Dallas Morning News reports today (Sept. 3): The change comes as at least one more Dallas-Fort Worth school district decided Thursday morning not to show the speech. Meanwhile, two Congressmen have urged the Obama administration to release an early transcript of his Tuesday speech, which officials say is meant to underscore the importance of education. Many school districts around Texas and the country said today that they plan to decide soon if and how they will show the speech. ... AZ Family reports today that Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne, Republican (photo), has reservations about allowing the speech to be shown in school rooms. In a Sept. 3 news release from the Arizona Dept of Education, Horne is quoted as saying this: “An important part of educating students is to teach them to read and listen critically. The White House materials call for a worshipful, rather than critical approach to this speech. For example, the White House communication calls for the students to have “notable quotes excerpted (and posted in large print on the board),” and for the students to discuss “How will he inspire us,” among other things. There is nothing in these White House materials about approaching the speech critically, or engaging in any critical thinking whatsoever, but only adopting a reverent approach to everything they are being told.” (You can read the entire news release (PDF) here.) Michelle Malkins posts today about an alternative being offered to parents, courtesy of the National Tea Party Coalition. The NTPC's web site says it is asking that "schools who choose to participate in the president’s September 8th program offer an alternative to students and families who do not wish to view, or have their children view, a partisan address or participate in activities that did not follow proper educational protocol or obtain parental consent." (See the full alternative at RELATED: Video: Michelle Malkin on Obama's speech to public school students Politics Obama school-speech plan assailed - Seattle Times Newspaper Conservatives wave red flags over Obama school speech - White House revises proposed lesson plan on Obama speech - Dallas Morning News Kinder: Obama's address to students infringes on their rights - St. Louis Post-Dispatch State: Ky. schools should provide alternative to Obama speech - Louisville Courier-Journal Right blasts Obama speech to students - Politico Conservatives Urge 'National Truancy Day' For Obama's Back-to-School Speech - Hispanic Business Flashback: Bill Ayers declares education “the motor-force of revolution” - Michelle Malkin Cool Hats & Shirts for Cool Conservatives Leave a Comment... Chicago News Bench RSS Feed We're on Twitter...