Obama revises language in lesson plans for Tuesday address to students

September 4th, 2009 12:45pm

President Obama has restored a measure of my faith by rewording some of the language issued in his lesson plans for children, meant to coincide with his Tuesday address to students. Instead of “write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president”, the lesson plan now reads “write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals”. While I appreciate the efforts to correct some poor word choice, I still have serious reservations about how this speech is being advertised and implemented. As one reporter put it…”it’s a good idea but poorly executed”.

In my defense, I was pretty upset when I first heard about the planned speech as you may have guessed and I should know better than to blog when I’m fired up! But my reaction was primarily due to the way it was announced, implemented and advertised (or not advertised I should say). I have my own reservations about politicians in general (not just democrats but republicans as well) and I have a difficult time believing any of them have completely benign and altruistic motives. I think it is the duty of our citizens to question the motives and actions of our leaders. Our country was based on this belief and no one should be bullied because they speak their mind. I am excited and encouraged that this article has generated such heated opinions on both sides. This, my friends, is the true beauty of our country’s freedoms…that we can discuss our views and make each other aware in ways we might not otherwise allow ourselves.

In regards to the President’s forthcoming message to our youth, I for one will be allowing my children to watch…he is our President and I do honor that appointment. However, I will be watching with them. President Obama should recognize that the strength of our nation is NOT in our youth alone…it is in the power and strength of our families. If he would like to truly strengthen the nation through education, then it is not to the children alone that he should direct his message but rather to families that can then support and encourage one another in this capacity. This is the true message I hope our President gleans from the debate over this issue.

about how they can achieve their short‐term and long‐term education goals