Obama's Speech 'to the children'.. State, National, International, posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Sep 5, 2009 at 6:43 pm
It just occurred to me that perhaps we're getting our Jockey's in a jumble over something we don't know much about!
It's also possible that President Obama will take the opportunity on Tuesday, Sept. 8th, to honor the Sept. 11th heroes of United Flight 93 and the 343 firefighters and 27 police officers who lost their lives because of Islamic terrorism.
Perhaps he'll have a moment of silence to honor the 2600+ who died at the WTC; the 125 who died at the Pentagon and the 256 passengers and crew who were killed on the planes [not counting the 19 Islamic terrorists]. I'll give them a moment.
Wouldn't that be a message worth the President of the United States passing on to a captive audience of schoolchildren?? I'd vote for that!
But... from what I see, it looks like I'll have to wait for his address to the nation on Friday for that. I hope the kids are watching!
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 5, 2009 at 9:22 pm
I think it's appropriate to encourage school children to set goals, stay in school, be responsible, etc. It's an uplifting speech that pertains to them. I hardly think death, destruction, terrorism, etc. are on the president's agenda for addressing prek through 18 year olds! I don't think his goal is to put fear into the hearts of the nation's children. That is apparently the job of another group in this society...
Posted by PToWN94566, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 5, 2009 at 10:42 pm PToWN94566 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Anonymous, you're dead on about the President not addressing death, destruction etc. I will never understand why people can't take this opportunity for the better and realize this is NOT a policy speech. Many government websites give a brief outline of what is to be discussed- education and do your best this school year.
A friend of mine told me he should speak about the economy and the jobs that possibly "your parents have lost." I don't think this should be discussed at all as younger children do not need an added stress to their life by having the President point out the obvious. If it's not a policy speech, it should be an inspirational speech for all students to do well this year and take responsibility for their own success (i.e: do your homework!)
Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 6, 2009 at 12:38 am
I agree with the President's decision to address our children about the importance of taking responsibility for their own education. I disagree with the portion of the teaching lesson focused on why its important for us to listen to senators, presidents, etc. I'm glad the administration decided to edit these areas.
American news outlets (well at least those not in Barack Obama's lap) are filled with criticism on the Department of Education plans to bring Obama's agenda into our nation's classrooms. The ploy to reach and teach our children through a presidential speech and through instruction guides (little red books?) appears to be stalled for now as parents -- if nor educational unions -- resist the idea of brain-swaying our children into writing paeans to Obama and his agenda. However, few have wondered how such an idea ever emerged in the first place. We do have some clues and they are unsettling.