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"President Obama's address to students"
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by Anonymous, Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Sep 3, 2009
The following has been posted on the PUSD website:
"President Obama's address to students
There have been some questions from families about the upcoming address to students by President Obama, scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 9 a.m. PDT. The address is about the ". . . importance of education. The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens." (U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan)
A discussion about the importance of taking responsibility and setting goals is in alignment with Pleasanton's Community of Character and the District's work with the 40 Assets®. Teachers may choose to show the speech as a part of the day in the classroom. The U.S. Department of Education has posted suggested lesson plans (available at www.ed.gov/teachers/how/lessons/prek-6.doc and www.ed.gov/teachers/how/lessons/7-12.doc).
Parents/guardians should contact their school principal with concerns. Alternate activities and assignments will be provided for students whose families do not wish for them to participate.
Know the facts: Students will not be asked to sign any sort of "pledge" related to Mr. Obama's speech.
Know the facts: For every day a student is absent from school (excused or unexcused; illness or vacation), the District loses over $30 in revenue. "
Posted by jill
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2009 at 9:15 am
So, are WE conservatives going overboard? I don't think so if you let Obama's record on education speak for itself. The following article is very revealing about what Obama's intent likely is in regard to his Sept. 8 address to school children. (Note to liberals: Read this with caution...because you have a problem dealing with facts and evidence.)
Back-to-School with Obama:
Obama plans to systematically "embed positive behavior" into America's Kid
By Marinka Peschmann, Special to Canada Free Press Friday, September 4, 2009
Some conservatives are under fire for claiming President Barack Obama's back-to-school address is actually an indoctrination tactic intended to brainwash America's school children with his political ideology as opposed to the White House's stance that Obama's address is a harmless Presidential reach-out to simply encourage kids. Are conservatives correct or going overboard? Let's let Obama's education record speak for itself. In 2007, then Senator Obama introduced education legislation which "systematically" "embeds" "positive behavior" into America's kids to "achieve important social outcomes."
First, let's look at Obama's initial plans for America's school children scheduled for September 8. According to the Obama White House press release, "As children across America go back to school, President Obama will deliver a national address directly to students on the importance of taking responsibility for their success in school…"In advance of this address, the Department of Education is providing resources developed by and for teachers to help engage students and stimulate discussion about persisting and succeeding in school."
Next, as we now know, the White House in cahoots with the Board of Education created a lesson plan that included pre-address and post-address school assignments. The students, pre-K through sixth graders, were asked to write answers to questions like "What is the President asking me to do?" Then after listening to President Obama's speech, the students would be instructed to write letters answering "what they can do to help the president" that teachers would later use in the classroom to "make students accountable to their goals."
As CFP reported here, the White House has since withdrew their call for students to help Obama, claiming it was an "honest misunderstanding." The address was meant to be an "inspirational, pro-education" message as opposed to a pro-Obama narcissist exercise.
Recall, prior to the election, then presidential hopeful, Barack Obama's, experience with education was working with William Ayers, the unrepentant domestic terrorist and former Weather Underground Operative. It was Ayers, now a "distinguished" professor in Chicago, who served as "Collaborative" co-chair and crafted Chicago public school education policies to Obama's chairmanship in the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). CAC reportedly funneled over US$100 million to radical activists and radicalized students. Story here.
Moreover, as CFP reported, prior to the 2008 Presidential elections, on September 27, 2007, then Senator Obama introduced the "Positive Behavior for Effective Schools Act" in the Senate. Obama's education bill, S.2111, significantly redesigns and amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to allow, in part, for "State…local educational agencies, and schools to increase implementation of early intervention services particularly school-wide positive behavior supports."
According to Section 3, "the term `positive behavior support' means a systematic approach to embed proven practices for early intervening services, including a range of systemic and individualized strategies to reinforce desired behaviors and eliminate reinforcement for problem behaviors, in order to achieve important social outcomes (emphasis added)…" Story here.
Section 5 called: "Teacher and Principal Preparation to Improve School Climate," mandates a new requirement for teachers and principals. It is described as "an understanding of social or emotional, or both, learning in children…such as positive behavior support." Obama's bill also provides for "instructional leadership skills to help teachers" satisfy this requirement.
In Section 8 Obama's bill creates what's called the "Office of Specialized Instructional Support Services" which shall "administer, coordinate, implement, and ensure adequate evaluation of the effectiveness of programs …" via a new "Director" who provides "continuous training and professional development opportunities for specialized instructional support personnel" comprised of "school counselors…social workers…psychologists, and others…" These "instructional support personnel" provide "assessment, diagnosis, counseling, educational, therapeutic, and other necessary corrective or supportive services…" for students.
Obama's bill intends to extractwithout restrictions from Title I funds. The bill "re-designates" funds to allow State educational agencies to "allocate funds to develop and implement coordinated, early intervening services (including school-wide positive behavior supports) for all students, including those who have not been identified as needing special education (emphasis CFP) but who need additional academic and behavioral support to succeed…"
Obama's bill did not specify the "systematic approach" he plans to "embed" in America's students to achieve the "desired behaviors" or "important social outcomes" his legislation mandates. Inquires to former Senator Obama's Presidential campaign and now to the White House to define them have thus far gone unanswered. Perhaps Obama should explain to parents exactly what he means before he addresses American's innocent school children this Tuesday. Indoctrination? Yes, no?