Obama set to give speech to children in public schools, Tuesday Sept. 8, 2009
Are you aware that Obama is set to give a speech directed specifically at our school age children, meant to be delivered while they are at school, away from the influence of their parents? If this doesn’t worry you, it should. The mere fact that I am hearing this announcement not from my school district, not through the televised media, but instead through a small and obscured article buried on the 5th page of the Arizona Republic, honestly has me very concerned as a parent.
The U.S. Department of Education claims the speech is benign and strictly educational in nature. But the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Arizona is voicing sincere concern about the message, describing it’s content as “too worshipful toward Obama” and “educationally unsound.”
The idea that the president wants to speak to the american people is frankly encouraging and I would normally be quite excited about sitting down with my whole family and absorbing together the message that he wants to share, discussing the content in our family and sharing ideas about what we thought, what it means and what impact it might have on us as a family and as individuals. If his motives were truly altruistic, than the family setting is where this type of educational motivational message should be shared.
However, that is not Obama’s intention. He has issued lesson plans along with his message that encourage students to “write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president” which are to be collected and redistributed at a later date by the teacher as a means of holding students accountable. Other lesson plan directives encourage “building a background knowledge about the president of the United States by reading books about president and Barack Obama.” Teachers are encouraged to have students write down key messages from the address that can be put up on a classroom poster. One of the questions teachers are encouraged to ask during the speech is “What is the President asking me to do?”. Wouldn’t you like to know the answer to that question BEFORE your kids do? If Obama truly wanted to make a difference, this speech should take place in the home, NOT at school. Political posturing is not something we should encourage at school. Those are opinions that should be nurtured and cultivated in the home.
Kids in middle school and high school are also given lesson plans to use in conjunction with the speech that include writing excerpts from the speech and encourage questions such as “Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us?”. No where that I can see in these lesson plans is there a call for students to think critically. They are merely encouraged to regurgitate spoken dogma.
If these revelations don’t disturb you on some level, than let’s take a quick moment to recap our path to the current state of our nation. Our government first initiated a requirement that our banks make massive loans to people that have no ability to pay back, creating an artificial housing bubble that has since crashed the economy. We initiate a “no child left behind” rule that systematically dumbs down our education so that rather than give kids true educational challenges so that “no child is left behind”, we make standardized tests so remedial that “no child to be left behind”. We allow, and in fact encourage, unelected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life. We are at war with an enemy that we are not allowed to name for fear we might offend someone.
And now we come to the present.
We have a president that no one knows anything about with many questionable affiliations with radical groups like Acorn, and yet no one in the media even questions his history or motives. He quietly talks about creating and funding a mandatory civilian defense force (which begins with optional military classes offered in the government funded school systems, don’t believe me? check it out for yourselves…it’s called the H.R. 1388 Serve America Act) that is meant to be stronger than our military for use inside our own borders. Obama, himself, stated on a July 2, 2008 campaign speech in Colorado Springs that “we cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we set. We must have a civilian National Security Force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, and just as well funded.” In case you haven’t noticed, we don’t even read the founding documents of our nations in our school anymore. The pledge of allegiance is optional.
Not worried yet? Think back to the 1930’s where another charismatic, motivated, excellent public speaker, albeit a relative political unknown at the time, surfaced. Still not ringing a bell? He was elected to office during another economic crisis. He quietly and subversively seized power starting with government, moving into bureaucracy, then through political and emotional rallying of the children (who were even encouraged to join a Youth Movement in his name where they received constant indoctrination), and finally by promising jobs to the jobless, money to the money-less, healthcare for everyone and rewards for the military-industrial complex. With a compliant media, a newly pride-filled nation convinced of their own superiority, he accomplished true change…just not the changet the people thought they would get. I’ll bet if you thought real hard, you could put a name to this man. He even had his own logo, just as Obama does.
Parents, WAKE UP! It is no coincidence that this speech airs during the most inaccessible time for working parents. It is no accident that Obama seeks to rally the youth while they are away from our influence. That is how it works. A little at a time. A piece at a time. As Neal McCluskey, associate director of Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom said, “You don’t want to see this coming from the president. You don’t want to see this coming from the federal government.”