San Antonio’s newsradio 1200 WOAI reports that the tsunami against President Obama’s narcissistic “Love Me!” Speech to schoolchildren is running up against the reefs of public disapproval very, very quickly:
More Area School Districts Dump President’s Speech
Many to drop it entirely, others will give parents ‘opt out’ opportunity
By Jim Forsyth; Friday, September 4, 2009
More San Antonio and Texas school districts are making the decision not to participate in President Obama’s controversial speech to students on Tuesday, or to participate at an ‘arm’s length’ level, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The Northside ISD (Independant School District) and North East ISD’s both decided on Thursday that they will not only not show the speech live, they will not broadcast it in classes at all, nor will any of the ‘instructional materials’ provided by the Department of Education be used in school either.
Northeast ISD and Northside ISD are the two largest Independent school districts in San Antonio. Together with San Antonio ISD the comprise 90% of the city’s schools.
Comal ISD Superintendent Marc Walker now says a similar policy will be in place there, and Walker, like many others, is more concerned about the ‘instructional materials’ than with the address itself. “Subsequent suggested activities developed by the Department of Education brings into question, for many, the political implications of this endeavor,” Walker said.
Comal County lies just to the north of San Antonio’s Bexar County, and is the site of a burgeoning suburban population outlying San Antonio proper.
Walker said the materials appear to push the speech over the line from a simple address to students to a political activity. “It is not our responsibility to emphasize one group’s philosophy, values, or ideology over another,” Walker said. He said the Education Department has ‘placed our staff in a very precarious position of having the answer questions that rightfully should be addressed by the parent.’
Classic. “Multiculturalism” hung by it’s own petard.
In the San Antonio School District, Superintendent Robert Duron will allow the speech to be heard in classrooms, but with several caveats.
“Teachers may use the speech if it is well aligned with the class curriculum,” Duron said. He said the speech may be broadcast live in the classroom, or may be played back later, but any teacher who intended to use the speech live or delayed in the classroom must notify all parents in advance. “
And I’d pay real money to be on the extension of the poor, suicidal teacher trying to make the phone calls to notify those parents; although I’d worry about my poor virgin ears ability to take all that profanity . . .
Those who elect not to participate will be provided with alternative activities,” Duron said.
Statewide, districts are also electing not to participate in the speech. Plano ISD, north of Dallas, says it will not show the address but will ‘make it available later.’
There had been concerns that large numbers of students might skip school on Tuesday to avoid seeing the President’s speech. In fact, several conservative groups have been circulating on line petitions, to make Tuesday a ‘skip day.’ “If parents are thinking about keeping their students at home because they don’t want them to see the address, that’s not an issue in North East, because we won’t be airing it,” North East ISD spokeswoman Deb Caldwell said.
And, apparently Deb Caldwell reads my blog as well. Thanks, Deb!
In the words of Charles Bronson, “This ain’t over.”