There has been much outcry across the nation over a planned speech to be given by President Obama to America’s school children tomorrow. The voices of dissention were so loud, that a lesson plan constructed by the Department of Education had to be re-worded. A fairly tame and inspiring speech accompanied by the lesson plan appeared to be just a narcissistic stroke of himself for the President and revealed the true intentions of the Obama administration – to indoctrinate our children into a feeling of servitude to the government. A request for students to write letters to the President about how they intended to serve him has been changed in the lesson plan to writing individual goals and how each student will attain them. Leading questions like how the President’s speech inspired the children were also troublesome. This all leads me to wonder what the original speech was truly going to be because I believe this one is a sanitized and re-worded version. The remarks have been released by the White House and I will comment here on the areas of issue.
Most of the beginning of the speech references Obama’s early childhood and his education in Indonesia – minus the details we all want to know like where are the transcripts and what was he taught in Muslim schools. He also will point out the obvious: that most of these kids wish summer was still going and that they were still in bed. The first quote that catches my eye is this one, “I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.” The Department of Education is unConstitutional and thus the government does not have a responsibility for setting standards and the like. The Teachers’ Unions have made our education system the laughing stock of the world as we turn out children who can barely read, spell without using texting slang or add without a calculator. Most schools will no longer teach cursive writing leaving our children in a precarious place in the future seeing as that most of the Y Generation, X Generation, Baby Boomers and prior all write in cursive – it will be a foreign language to these kids. And schools waste the precious little time they have on mindless topics. For example, the President’s speech.
The President goes on to claim that “this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.” That is what is terrifying because we know these kids are being indoctrinated in the school of political correctness, dumbdowned facts and plain lies. Anybody see Tucker Carlson’s expose on FOX News this weekend about textbooks?
Here is where the President treads lightly into the politics he believes in so strongly: “You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.” There it is, the politics of social justice and climate change. The schools will teach children the insights and critical thinking they need, not their parents. Is that really what all those history classes were about in school when I attended? To help me fight poverty? What the hell is this about making our nation more fair and more free? We were the most free nation on the planet until these Progressives started wielding their power at the beginning of the last century. They are moving towards ripping away more of our rights now. And whose definition of “fair” are we using?
The President said, “Maybe you’ll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community.” Hmm…I thought that these kids would have mandatory servitude under the GIVE Act. And the President strokes his ego here with, “Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I’m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn.” Wow, the President is doing all of this himself! Fixing up those schools will make such a difference!
And finally he wields his authoritarian nature like Big Daddy (Big Brother) and says, “So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don’t let us down – don’t let your family or your country or yourself down.” Oh, do not cross him!
I bet those kids will be so inspired after this that they will rocket this country forward. Actually, I’m placing bets half of them will be asleep and a fourth of them will have spent the better part of this time passing notes back and forth or secretly texting. I do not care who the President is, stay out of the classroom and shut down that damn failure called the Department of Education and reform education so that all kids have the same fair chance at a great education with things like vouchers.