In a rather innocuous post on WhiteHouse.gov yesterday, The White House tried to sneak past you that the President wants to address schoolchildren on Tuesday, September 8th.
All of them!
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
President Obama to Speak Directly to Students in National Address on Educational Success
WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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 on Tuesday, September 8th at 12:00 PM EDT at Wakefield High School in Arlington. 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. The speech will be broadcast live on www.WhiteHouse.gov and C-SPAN. The speech is open to pre-credentialed media. The deadline to request credentials is 6:00PM EDT tomorrow, Thursday, September 3rd.
September 8, 2009
Two things stick out here:
- I find the fact that the man who tries to blame all his bad press on Fox News and continues to blame George Bush for the bad economy and war deaths wants to talk to my kids on “the importance of taking responsibility for their success in school– well, laughable at best, and highly specious at worst.
- This event is “open to pre-credentialed media.” Not bloggers — No. “pre-credentialed Media” — Yes.
Bab, BAD Bloggers. Naughty Bloggers. Darn Them!
(Sigh.) Wanna bet he doesn’t take questions? Because I’ve got a GOOD question for him — WHY? I always try to follow the six “W’s” of Journalism:
WHO: The President
WHAT: Addressing Schoolchildren
WHEN: September 8th, noon EDT.
WHERE: Wakefield High School in Arlington.
HOW: Live on C-SPAN
All that’s left is “WHY?” Why Live? Why on TV? He could do a Public Service Announcement or an Afterschool Special and say the same thing.
So, the “WHY” remains unanswered. That’s what’s worrying me — and, apparently, a lot of other conservatives as well:
President Barack Obama’s plans for a televised back-to-school address to students next week are drawing fire from some conservatives, who say he’s just trying to indoctrinate them to his political beliefs.
In the Sept. 8 speech, Obama will challenge students to work hard, set goals for their education and take responsibility for their learning, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a letter to principals.
The Education Department is encouraging teachers to create lesson plans around the speech, using materials provided on the department website, that urge students to learn about Obama and other presidents.
Oh yeah — Other Presidents, too. Yeah, Sure — THAT’s the ticket! Just for the record here: Amazon.com lists as of today 543 books available on George W. Bush; only one of which was availabe during his first year in office (the others were published after 2001.) By contrast, Barack Obama has 274 Biuographies and 2 autobiographies listed as of today — all published before the end of his first year in office.
Encourage our Cult of Personality much, do we?
“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,” Duncan said in a press release.
But already, some conservatives are crying foul. The chairman of the Florida Republican Party is condemning Obama’s speech as an attempt to “indoctrinate America’s children to his socialist agenda.” “The idea that school children across our nation will be forced to watch the President justify his plans for government-run health care, banks, and automobile companies, increasing taxes on those who create jobs, and racking up more debt than any other President, is not only infuriating, but goes against beliefs of the majority of Americans, while bypassing American parents through an invasive abuse of power,” Chairman Jim Greer said in a press release.
Added conservative talk show host Tammy Bruce in a Twitter feed: “Make September 8 Parentally Approved Skip Day. You are your child’s moral tutor, not that shady lawyer from Chicago.” And conservative author Michelle Malkin said the lesson plans have a “heavy activist bent.”
Thankfully, Texas has some reservations on the Presidents moral Ponzi scheme:
Texas school districts are discussing whether the president’s speech will be shown — some districts are leaving it up to individual teachers with an opt out parents who don’t want their children to view the speech, according to the Houston Chronicle.In his letter to principals, Duncan said viewing of the speech is encouraged, not mandatory.
So I’m happy to announce that the National Tea Party Coalitions are sponsoring National “Hall Pass on That” Day
The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition announces “Hall Pass on That,” the alternative to President Barack Obama’s September 8th address to school children across the nation. The group asks 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.
Dana Loesch, Nationwide spokesperson for the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, announced the launch of the Hall Pass on That to provide parents who oppose the Department of Education’s proposed presidential program. “We are suggesting several action steps parents can take if they do not approve of their children participating in a partisan presentation conducted without their consent”:
1. Contact the child’s school to find out whether or not your school is participating in the president’s September 8th program.
2. If your child’s school is participating, ask what alternatives there are for the children of families who wish their students learn about the establishment of the country respective to the Founding Father’s intentions. Discussion can focus on the Constitution, the definition and actions of a republic, and the responsibility of elected leaders to their constituents.
3. Ask if the school can excuse your child from the presentation and instead receive a DVD of the address and copy of the activity directives to be evaluated by parents at a later date.
4. Request meeting with the school board, superintendent, and principal to inquire as to why parents were excluded from the decision-making process of this event. (For those wishing to contact their school boards, The Cato institute has a nifty tool HERE to find your local school board!
Katrina Pierson, member of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, described some of the tools available http://www.hallpassonthat.com: “We will provide alternative lesson plans to the ones initially sent out by President Obama’s Department of Education. Those plans, which people can download from the site, were uncomfortably partisan with no real focus on how our officials serve the people, not vice-versa. Our alternative lesson plans also focus appropriately on the role of parents in the education plan for every child.”
Yes, presidents have spoken to schoolchildren before, but when circumstances required it. President Ronald Reagan addressed students after the Challenger shuttle disaster was witnessed live by millions of schoolchildren; George H. W. Bush addressed students as part of the effort to counteract the growing drug use by schoolchildren.
The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition cannot afford to extend this administration the courtesy of any doubt when it comes to the education of our children and our schools are not the place to present one-sided agendas, especially without parental consent.
My son will NOT be in his local High School on Tuesday the 8th. If for no other reason, it’s alos a great excuse to squeeze an extra “Family Day” out of the Labor Day weekend.