My Thoughts On The Obama Address To Our School Children

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.

7 responses to “My Thoughts On The Obama Address To Our School Children

  1. I’m curious. How would YOU reform education?

  2. Students should be able to listen to the President’s speech

  3. and this is just a microcosm of why some of my kids homeschool and eventually all of them will… as long as our homeschooling rights exist (which may not be long)….

  4. KeHe – I mentioned a few in my blog: vouchers, dismantle the Department of Education and kill the Teacher’s Union. Something else that needs to go are those year end tests they do to measure where students are at because teachers teach to the tests, not to what kids truly need to learn. Get the government out of schools and start making sure that only good teachers are teaching – no more tenure.

    I know the President claims that conservatoves offer no ideas and that the GOP is the party of “no”, but that is only because he doesn’t bother to listen just like the left. Or perhaps read…

  5. I totally agree that tests like the PSSAs need to go. It is the government that warrants them and forces the districts and thus the teachers to use every second of the day doing the prescribed curriculum (which is seldom based on true research as to whether it really works). Each year a district strives to meet AYP – Annual Yearly Progress and each year it gets more difficult to reach. The year 2014 is the dreaded year because that is the year when the government expects 100% efficiency from 100% of the students regardless of: IQ, first language, learning capacity, financial status, location – rural vs urban and everything in-between, ethnic background, how long the child has been in the American school system. It is an impossible task… no child is the same as the next child and each has his or her own potential and a teacher’s job should be to promote learning in each child so that he or she can reach his/her potential and become an adult that can make a positive contribution to society. It is unfair to the child, firstly, to expect each with their own uniqueness and varying gifts to reach the same bar (and the bar is high to begin with). We would better serve our children by encouraging learning so each can reach his/her highest bar rather than promote failure and low self-esteem when a perfectly wonderful child is unable to meet a standard because of factors beyond his or his parents’ or his teacher’s faults.

    Yes, there are some lousy teachers, but most, especially in the elementary grades are people who chose their profession because they believe they can make a difference in a child’s life. But after a few years of believing they have something to offer the educational forum because they believe what they are doing is valuable, they discover that somewhere there are people, people with little or no experience in a classroom, dictating what they do based on numbers and standards and are so ill-informed about what an education should be that the decisions they make and force upon districts and teachers cause those closest and with the most influence on our children (teachers) to, like you said, teach to the test. Teachers hate it. They want to make learning memorable, fun, interesting, and valuable, but they are stifled by their districts and told, “You cannot spend academic hours teaching those lessons that you love to teach even though you and your students have enjoyed it in the past. We must account for all the hours we spend on the curriculum that has been designed to increase tests scores. We have to stick to what we know works.” Funny thing is – what works one year isn’t always carried over into the next year, so that makes one wonder if anyone really knows what works.

    Although no teacher, as far as I know, is ever forced to join their local union which also requires membership in the NEA, it is very much encouraged, almost pushed onto teachers, expecially those just starting out in their career. So many teachers join the union with the idea that they are supposed to and in fear they believe they need to in case they need legal representation. However, what so many teachers fail to realize until they are locked in a membership for the duration of the present contract they are in, is that the NEA is a political organization, purely democrat, that gets involved in and promotes issues, aside from educational issues, that many teachers aren’t even aware of. So, you have conservative teachers, and there are many, who are contributing to and paying for a membership in a union that is promoting issues that they themselves do not support. The NEA is so powerful, too powerful, in politics that are a far stretch from educational issues, yet many of its members know very little about what the union does with their membership money.

    Tenure has it’s good and bad, just like many other things. It is there to protect the good teachers from false accusations or lousy administrators (who were probably lousy teachers) and the threat of losing their job. But it also allows bad teachers to work for 35 years and then collect a very decent pension. I think tenure needs some reform – a way of assessing a teacher’s abilities and performance that is true to the mission – not basing a teacher’s performance on the test scores of their students because then you have to take into consideration all the factors that each child carries that affects his/her performance. A teacher, although he/she may care about, teach, nurture, encourage, build up, etc each one of the students in his/her charge, he/she is not a miracle worker. You cannot make chicken soup from chicken crap.
    And the education system is losing and will lose excellent teachers who are judged by people who think you can make chicken soup from chicken crap.

  6. Cory – homeschooling is and can be a wonderful thing for many students, but it is not the answer for all students. I fully agree we must not lose the right to homeschool our children, but we must also be careful that we don’t just jump on the bandwagon of false commentary that all public schools are bad and all teachers are lousy and the public school system could never be as good as homeschooling because it simply is not true. There are good teachers who want to be where they are and who truly care about their students and want to see them succeed. There are districts who are working hard and turning out students ready for their place in society. And there is still some “light” in the public school system. If those of us who have values and beliefs and perhaps a faith that we stand on, all pull our children out of public school and homeschool them, we are pulling all the “light” out of the system. If all good teachers left the public school, we would lose the “light”.
    So, while homeschooling may be the ideal setting for YOUR children, please understand that there are others whose children benefit more and are a benefit to the public system.

  7. Great site…keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,

    A definite great read.. 🙂

    -Bill-Bartmann

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