President Obama’s School Speech

Political cartoonist John Cole offers a nice perspective on the Presidential-school-address hysterics coming from the right-wing drama queens:

Both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush gave similar speeches and, like Obama, were attacked by opponents for inappropriately mixing official duties with politics.

But the note being struck by far-right Obama-hater wing of the GOP is abrasive at best. They claim is sounding off about the president’s plans to “indoctrinate” America’s children with his “socialist philosophy,” and that parents should be given the right to inspect his speech beforehand, as if listening to the elected leader of the free world were the equivalent of reading “Catcher in the Rye” or taking a course in sex education.

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0 Responses to President Obama’s School Speech

  1. LaSirena says:

    “…as if listening to the elected leader of the free world were the equivalent of reading “Catcher in the Rye” or taking a course in sex education.”

    Hahahahahah! God forbid kids learn how sex works, read the intelligent misanthropy of Holden Caufield (CitR really isn’t nearly as good as an adult), or listen carefully to what the president has to say.

    Has it ever occured to these parents to teach their kids how to listen to the opposing p.o.v. without having their beliefs and values crumble? Or do the parents have such little confidence in their belief system, they’re afraid their children will chuck it at the first sign of dissent?

    • Xman says:

      “Has it ever occured to these parents to teach their kids how to listen to the opposing p.o.v. without having their beliefs and values crumble?”

      Answer: No. That would be contrary to the three desert dogma’s.

  2. JoeC says:

    “Has it ever occured to these parents to teach their kids how to listen to the opposing p.o.v. without having their beliefs and values crumble?”

    I’m beginning to think…NOT! :-)

    Something more I posted about this on Facebook:
    There are more honors students in China than there are total students in the U.S. Today’s school children are going to be driving tomorrow’s economy (as well as working at the NSA, CIA, and Pentagon) and are going to be competing with China and India for the world’s resources. Just a prediction: the coming economic showdown with China and India won’t be decided with a rap contest or with Xbox video games. If today’s American kids don’t get their butts in gear and their heads in the game soon, they can look forward to a future of scrubbing the toilets and trimming the lawns of the wave of better-educated foreignors who will gladly come in and take the the best jobs–the ones that haven’t been shipped overseas by then. I think this is a message most American are reluctant to give their children, and I think it’s high time the President step in and tell it like it is since most of the parents keep ignoring the facts while shuttling the kids off to another soccer match.

  3. pelmo says:

    I agree with the statements made by both you and LaSirena. But the presidents speech was nothing more then a pep rally speech that did nothing to address our failing education system.

    I wanted to hear that we were going to take the emphasis away from athletics and put most of our resources into academics. I wanted to hear that we would stop spending our limted education funds on state of the art gyms and stadiums for athletics. Instead start building science and math labs. Make the smart students the heroes instead of jocks. The teachers would be paid more, rather then the coaches

    I wanted to hear that teachers would be allowed to teach so that students would learn, instead of teaching kids how to take tests, so that bureocrats look good. No more red tape or fancy named government programs.

    He should have used your line about scrubbing toilets and trimming lawns as foreign students come here and take away all the good paying jobs.

    I firmly believe that our politicians from both parties are doing the bidding of the big corporations, as they give fancy lip service for the need of better educated Americans. But at every turn they let our education system slip further behind the rest of the world, so that there is an abundant supply of cheap, uneducate labor force here.

  4. Xman says:

    Have a cigar, Pelmo.
    You might become an anarchist yet.

  5. JoeC says:

    Pelmo, I think we are a lot more open-minded and comfortable with change than most (if real change, perhaps, is apt to ever actually await us round the corner…) Just talking with friends and fellow countrymen and observing the hysterical gas and arm wavings these past few weeks, I think that our nation is a mighty big ship that, if it ever turns, will have to set all engines full steam ahead to even turn slowly. If I were to put my cynical nature aside for a minute, I think that for some of the poorest and most parent-abandoned minority kids (racist? maybe so, but minorities face the highest drop-out and incarceration rate…), seeing a famous brown-skinned college-graduated elected-by-a-majority-of-white-men President address them (instead of a successful rap star or athlete or lotto winner…) may be a very earth-shattering, changing experience in their lives…maybe the first moment of their lives that allows them to really shake off the intellectual-inferiority that the undercurrents of our culture still whisper incessantly in their ears…baby steps…damn small baby steps on a hundred mile’s journey, but extraordinarily awesome baby steps nevertheless.

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