Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Obama To Address School Children - Noon - Sept. 8

Don't know what he'll say exactly - but the lesson plans call for the following (and full classroom lesson plans can be found here):
Before the Speech:
• Teachers can build background knowledge about the President of the United States and his speech by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama and motivate students by asking the following questions:
Who is the President of the United States?
What do you think it takes to be President?
To whom do you think the President is going to be speaking?
Why do you think he wants to speak to you?
What do you think he will say to you?
• Teachers can ask students to imagine being the President delivering a speech to all of the students in the United States. What would you tell students? What can students do to help in our schools? Teachers can chart ideas about what they would say.
Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?

During the Speech:
• As the President speaks, teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful. Students could use a note-taking graphic organizer such as a Cluster Web, or students could record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children can draw pictures and write as appropriate. As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following:
What is the President trying to tell me?
What is the President asking me to do?

What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?
• Students can record important parts of the speech where the President is asking them to do something. Students might think about: What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?

So apparently, Obama is going to ask America's school children to do something... I can only imagine the outcry if this type of thing has been done by George W. Bush, or any other Conservative leader for that matter. (As if any educators would have participated in this type of speech if a Republican, or Third Party type tried this same thing). Some folks view this as government indoctrination of policies and ideas aimed at the kids, buy hey... it IS government funded and run education.

But back to the lesson plan: The lesson plan emphasizes that teachers prompt students to think about: "What is the President trying to tell me? What is the President asking me to do?" "What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?" Sounds like a bunch of loaded questions, in a way. The President is going to be "challenging" our children with "new ideas". Don't you think parents ought to know specifically what will be asked of their children before their children are made to listen to this speech? and what these "new ideas" will be? Is the White House going to enlighten parents as to what the exact contents of this speech will be beforehand? Probably not. I'll bet most parents won't even know that this is planned. In the end, their kids will be a captive audience anyway. They always are.

For the record though, this is what Arne Duncan's Department of Education's website says about what the President will be saying:
"The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens. "
So, what exactly is Obama's version of "shared responsiblity" anyway? Are we merely educating children in our nation's schools to be a good citizens and compete in a global economy for a good job? Are we focusing on them just being good servants of the State and their community? What about family? What about their home and siblings? What about the Parent's role in bringing up and nurturing their children? What about parental responsibility and authority? It's a good bet Obama will not be talking about any of that.

In the end, it might be quite possible that kids won't pay much attention anyway, then again perhaps impressionable minds will be soaking up every word and also be told how important every word, that the President says, is. Along with a message to study hard and do well in school, what else exactly will they be asked to engage in? More importantly, is this the first of many messages that will be delivered to them in this way by the president himself?

You might know that many parents are already deciding that their child(ren) will be sick and unable to attend school on September 8.

Consider these quotes:

"Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It's up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well by creating the international child of the future." - Harvard psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce, speaking as an expert in public education at the 1973 International Education Seminar

"When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side,' I say calmly, 'Your child belongs to us already...Let me control the textbooks and I will control the state. The state will take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing. Your child belongs to us already….What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing but this new community'." Adolf Hitler

and on another note:

"Parental consent? Of what use is that to a government that believes that the only role for parents is to give birth and then get out of the way so the state can train the child to be a good worker in the global economy." - Spunky Homeschool

"It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for their usefulness, their respectability and happiness." - James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791


Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Interesting. And no, the school her has not informed the parents of this intrusion into the school day. I wonder if they are going to interrupt their day for the kids to listen to it?

Since the Boychick was sick this week, I think I'll forewarn him about this and discuss the issue of indoctrination. Given the rather insipid level of the lesson plans, though, I wonder if they are going to be delivering this address to high school students. Teens will be simultaneously annoyed and offended if they are treated like elementary school students.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

By the way, this reminds me of the Stalin propaganda to school children. They were told that Stalin cared about them and worried about their progress in school, and they saluted a picture of Stalin every day.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'll be checking with my son's teacher to see if she will be participating in this and if so, he'll be staying home on the 8th. What a bunch of bull....

Miss Roxie said...

Parental responsibility remains in tact. I don't quite understand how the President speaking at the school would deter from that?

Judy Aron said...

Miss Roxie - It is because he won't be speaking about parents at all. Will he be telling the kids to listen to their parents? Will he be telling kids to work on creating a more harmonious family life? Is the White House even including parents in the conversation? No.

This administration is clearly more about community and globalism then it is about repairing our broken family environments. Schools have long been about detaching kids from their families and their cultures in order to indoctrinate them to their own agenda. How many teachers and school administrators have told parents, in not so many words and ways, that the school is the expert on raising and educating the children and that parents should just "cooperate and support them" rather than being the parent. For heavens sake, the school feeds and clothes many of these kids as parents have been allowed, enabled, and even encouraged, to abrogate their parental responsibilities. It has become "in loco parentis" on steroids!

In any case, Obama's message has now been revised... children apparently will no longer be asked to ask themselves what they can do to support the president etc... now they will be asked to set goals for themselves.

The plain fact is that the federal government has NO power whatsoever to be involved in education, from No Child Left behind to Obama telling these kids what to do. Delivering curriculum from the White House, as these proposed lesson plans were, is wholly unConstitutional. It smacks of totalitarianism, and if you cannot see this for what it truly is, then you honestly need to read some history. (and I really don't mean that in a disparaging way)

Chuck Hardin said...

WOW, I wonder if there was this much outcry in '86 when Reagan spoke directly to students through a Public Television broadcast that was shown in over 170 school districts?? If you fear what the president has to say so much and are so concerned with your children's education, then maybe you should take more active roles yourself so that regardless of what propaganda they are hit with they will make informed decisions... Perhaps you should be concerned with the falsehoods in our textbooks regarding our own nations history, why our children are not taught fiscal responsibility and decent social behavior, but instead how to be a mass-consuming individualist thinking only of themselves... I am personally not scared for my children to listen to the President just like I'm not afraid to let them hear what fanatical religious "missionaries" have to say because I know that I have instilled in them the knowledge that there is always more than one side to any story and that without all the facts and even opinions you can't make a truly well informed decision.

And Judy, do really think it is the Governments responsibility to repair our "broken family environments"? And what exactly constitutes a "broken family environment"? There have always been social problems; divorce, drug addiction, murder...etc Our family environments are the responsibilty of us, We the People, just like the government is supposed to be, but instead we have an elite few who we allow to rule our lives as though they were divinely chosen royalty... WE need to take back the power from THEM all of THEM.

Don't blame the schools for the lack of parental involvement, I have been extremely active in my childrens education since pre-school. I have sat on PTO's, PTA's, Parent Groups and even started a Male Involvement Group to convince more men to be involved in their children's education. Unfortunately there are many parents who don't want to take any responsiblity for what their children learn. So, yes our current education system has become enabling to those people who wish to be absentee parents, so instead of blaming the current administration for a problem that has taken over a century to create, how about offering some constructive ideas that will help to fix the issues instead of whining about them?

Ryan said...

You said: "I can only imagine the outcry if this type of thing has been done by George W. Bush, or any other Conservative leader for that matter. (As if any educators would have participated in this type of speech if a Republican, or Third Party type tried this same thing)"

Bush also delivered a nationally broadcast address to students (As did Reagan, over a period of three days.) Bush: "Thank you, Ms. Mostoller, and thanks for allowing me to visit your classroom to talk to you and all these students, and millions more in classrooms all across the country." "Write me a letter -- and I'm serious about this one -- write me a letter about ways you can help us achieve our goals. I think you know the address."

Open mouth, insert foot.

Looks like you've been scared into line by the conservative fear-machine. It's interesting to me that everyone is so afraid of BHO's impending brainwash, all the while allowing Fox News to tell you exactly what to say and how to think.

Miss Roxie said...

Eeek ~
What I was referring to regarding parental rights was that parents have the option not to have their children hear the address from President Obama.

They can keep their children home, they can send a note to school with their child, they can even go to the school with their child and listen to the speech together, if they wanted.

I wasn't thinking about Obama taking over the world. :( Sorry.

Judy Aron said...

Wow Ryan - you really don't get it do you?

Perhaps you should stop listening to MSNBC and stop spouting the leftwing gibberish they are feeding YOU!

I don't know of any other president who was asking kids to support HIM and do what HE asks them to do.

Think about it: The Federal Department of Education (an unconstitutional entity) was doling out lesson plans to schools across the country - that my friend is unconstitutional and is also precisely what dictators do.

Judy Aron said...

Chuck - Perhaps Reagan's message wasn't one of "telling kids to do what he asks them to do". In either case, it is inappropriate for the federal government to be doling out lesson plans or asking kids to do what the president asks them to do. Even this administration recognizes this, which is why they have backed off on parts of this idiotic plan of theirs.

And you are correct that parents should take a more active role - but as it is now they aren't being told what will be said exactly. Where is the text of the speech? Why is there no parental involvement in this message?

You are also correct that textbooks contain garbage and revisionist history and that curriculum is dumbed down and is a definite cause for concern. This is one reason why I chose to homeschool my kids. They were exposed to original documents - not someone else's translation of them.

And no - I never said that it is government's role or responsibility ro repair "broken family environments", but clearly the thrust of the globalist agenda is for kids to focus on community and the planet then their own family. That is the point I was trying to make here.

I am sorry - but I DO blame the schools for lack of parental involvement - as I have seen way too many school systems marginalize parents by considering the school adminsitration to be all knowing regarding child development and education. Parents ARE intimidated and they ARE made to fell that it is easier just to let the school handle things rather than fight them on things parents may not agree with.

I am glad for you that you are invovled in your child's school and education.. but I wonder...on whose terms? Yours or the schools? Do they tell you what they want you to do and how to do it? Do they tell you what books to read with your kids and how you should be engaged in their schooling? I know parents who have been chastised for allowing their kids to read books above grade level, or who, God forbid, showed their kids a different way of doing a math problem. The kids are told that their parents are wrong and the school is right. When parents object to a method of teaching they get attacked for it. Maybe you haven't - but I have seen plenty who have.

As for school reform - I have spoken about it plenty on this blog forum, and have given out links and resources regarding education reform - so please don't tell me that I am just whining. There are millions of constructive ideas... the teachers unions and administrators just won't hear of them. And yes - the education problem has evolved over a century - read John Taylor Gatto's Underground History of American Education and get a clue as to why.

debsta said...

If we don't know the content of the speech, how can we be so sure that parents are left out of the equation?

I would like to know the contents beforehand too, but I'm not going to jump to the conclusion that because I don't know them, they'll be harmful.

For the record, when Republican presidents have addressed our nation's students, many Democrats were outraged at the idea.