My son is a jr in high school and is running for student council. He wrote his speech today at school and had a couple of his teachers look over it and get their opinion. The last sentence of the speech was "Thank you for your time and God Bless America." He was told by one of the teachers that he needed to remove the phrase God Bless America because it is political rhetoric. He and I would like your opinion on this. Thank you!!Answer Question
Answer by lovinangels at 6:28 PM on May. 10, 2010
I think it's a bit much but if he believes in it and wants it there he should tell her so
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:36 PM on May. 10, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:17 PM on May. 10, 2010
If it is important for him to say, then he should speak free. If others don't like it and they are willing to vote against him simply because of his choice of words, so be it. As long he is respectful~He shouldn't be coerced into refraining from saying what he truly believes because some teacher tells him to.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:33 PM on May. 10, 2010
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Answer by 29again at 9:22 PM on May. 10, 2010
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Answer by Anonymous at 12:39 AM on May. 11, 2010
It's political rhetoric. I would have told my student the same thing. A good speech has meat-- not fluff. Any moron can say "God Bless America" but a real winner with brains will use substance in his speech. The teacher isn't stifling him. The teacher is trying to teach him that buzz words and flare aren't the way to win the hearts and minds of his peers. He needs a platform, and he needs original thought.
So if the ENTIRE speach has content and substance, you would still advise your student to take the last line out? Sounds like you are trying to push your personal agenda more so than encourage the student speak free.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:44 AM on May. 11, 2010