The president is going to be addressing all school children on September 8th. Usually, I would think this opportunity for our children to learn a little about civics and open a discussion would be a good thing. Alas, this is the Obama administration we are talking about. Not satisfied with simply addressing the student population, they have issued an outline to the teachers on how to help the students think before, during, and after the speech.
Seems innocuous enough.
Now we look into the memo.
Before the speech:
Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?
During the speech:
Students might think about: What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?
After the speech:
What do you think the President wants us to do? Does the speech make you want to do anything? Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?
Extension of the speech:
Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.
Maybe I’m just paranoid but given the agenda of this administration, I have good reason to be. I will be looking very closely at what he wants my nine year old daughter to do.