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Would you like a little Reality about Tuesday's Speech?

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Rep Party of FL says Obama will "indoctrinate" school children with "socialist ideology"

We reviewed the study materials but didn't see any mention of controversial issues, let alone any attempt to indoctrinate students in socialism. The pre-K - 6th gd said the main ideas of the speech would be "citizenship, personal responsibility, civic duty. Material for HS mentions: personal responsibility, goals, & persistence.



Asked by Anonymous at 2:30 PM on Sep. 4, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (12)
  • I find the idea laughable that children with parents as vocal and as opinionated as the ladies on CM could possibly be swayed by a 15 minute speech given by the president. Are they really raising children so weak minded that the lifetime of indoctrination their parents are impressing on them is going to suddenly go out the window because they listen to the president speak for a quarter of an hour?

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:46 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • CTD^^

    We searched previous media reports to see if former President George W. Bush ever gave a nationwide address to schoolchildren, but based on our search, it appears he did not. He did, however, regularly visit individual schools and discuss the importance of education with students.

    We did learn, however, that President George H.W. Bush addressed the nation's students in a televised speech during school hours in 1991. ''I can't understand for the life of me what's so great about being stupid,'' Bush said, according to news reports from the time. He told students to ''block out the kids who think it's not cool to be smart'' and ''work harder, learn more.''


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:32 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • Thank you for posting this, but you can't argue with crazy people. Watch, they'll have something to say.


    Answer by beckcorc at 2:32 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • Ctd^^

    For raising the specter of socialist ideology and indoctrination, the party takes its claim to an additional, absurd level. We rate the Republican Party of Florida's statement Pants on Fire!

    Update, Sept. 3: Since we published this item, the Department of Education has modified a line in its classroom materials about the president's speech. A bullet point for activities after the speech used to say, "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." Now it states, "Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short–term and long–term education goals. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals."

    End of article quoting.


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:34 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • The White House will also be releasing the speech on Monday so you can review it's content for yourselves before your child goes to school AND will be broadcast live on C-Span for anyone to watch as well as the White House's website.

    NOW - keep on about how he's doing this behind your back to brainwash your child...and you will only show your ass.

    Look I may not agree with many of his policies; but really ladies too many of you have gone bonkers over a stupid speech?!?!?!!!?

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:36 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:36 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • Nowadays, every intelligent teacher - AND parent - knows how important it is to pre - view any video that is going to be viewed by kids. The younger the children, the more important this is.

    That's all that is wanted here. The alarm comes from the set-up of this speech which dodges AROUND a chance to preview and consider.

    I also feel that ANY sideways references to political issues is a violation of the standard that political speech is not allowed in the classroom. Teachers are not even allowed to wear political buttons on their lapels, let alone have political posters in their classrooms.

    Why can't kids watch this speech at HOME, WITH their parents? I have no objection to that, and it would give parents the opportunity to really support the message about valuing education.


    Answer by waldorfmom at 2:41 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • waldorfmom - you will have the opportunity to review the text of the speech on Monday...a day when many won't be working and will have ample time to do so!

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:43 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • It's not a video, it will be live and you can see it on the white house page or watch it live on cspan


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:45 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:49 PM on Sep. 4, 2009