I can’t believe I’m writing this. Here’s goes. My mother was a school teacher, highly skilled educator and still does contracting work. In spite of all that, I’ve come to hate the NEA and the liberal agenda that they hold onto. (Fire away…) I think the NEA and politicians are the main reason people are walking away from the public school system in droves. At least they are in our part of the woods. Homeschool abounds here although we still love our public school.
I was surprised last night when my political savvy husband hadn’t heard about Obama’s address to the school children planned for Tuesday. I am the one who gets the phone calls from the school letting us know what’s going on. I thought he might have an opinion. I’ll let him reveal his opinions. We had a nice discussion about what we think is appropriate for our kids to hear at school. This is all mine. I don’t want to get him in trouble. He is in the military.
Here’s my take. Obama is not the first person to address children in schools. He is the leader of the country. He is a role model to a demographic of children with a high drop out rate. If he wants to tell them to stay in school and stay off drugs, great! If one kid doesn’t drop out because he heard Obama tell him not to… that is fabulous.
Here’s what I have a problem with. Obama is the leader of our country. I want my children to respect his title. I want them to honor the presidency. Still, there is no reason to turn him into a demigod. Don’t ask my children what they can do for Obama. Ask them what they can do for the school, community and country. Don’t ask my children to define themselves through Obama and his standards. Ask them to set guidelines and goals for their personal educational growth.
Yes, I looked at the supplemental materials. No, it isn’t horrible. There were things that I would want to change. I don’t know which way my daughters’ teachers lean. I don’t want them spouting a socialist rhetoric in their ears. That’s not what school was for.
So the media said George H.W. Bush was horrible for using children as props when he asked them to stay off drugs and stay in school. If they weren’t talking about how horrible he was, they weren’t covering it at all. Now, we are hearing how horrible it is that people are questioning what Obama will say to the kids. He could only have love and peace to spread. As a side note… I loved George H. W. Bush’s quote from addressing kids in the early ’90s “I can’t understand for the life of me what’s so great about being stupid.”
Where do I stand? Somewhere in the middle. I’m grateful that our school is leaving it up to us as to whether or not our kids will watch. My children probably will, after I’ve previewed it and have my own topics on the importance of education to discuss with them.
Am I being silly? Please chime in. I would love to hear what you think. (Karen… here’s your podium)