I am appalled by the amount of shit that hit the fan when the President of our United States wanted to address the students of our country. Parents threatening to not send their kids to school. Facebook was crawling with polls about this “controversial speaking to students”. News sites were reporting stories of parents freaking out with worry that their children were going to be brainwashed. And all of these panties in a bunch and ruffled feathers were for what? Because the President wanted to encourage students to take an active role in their education.
He wanted to talk to them about the value of an education.
OH THE HORROR!
He wanted to energize kids who might find school difficult.
WHAT WAS HE THINKING?
He wanted to express the importance of doing homework.
WHO WANTS THAT?
My Kindergartener did not get to see President Obama’s speech. I wanted him to, but he didn’t get to. His class didn’t see it. I have not found out yet why this is. Did enough people call and complain? Did the school district as a whole decide they weren’t going to air President Obama’s address to their students? Did they think Kindergarteners wouldn’t watch?
On the VERY SAME DAY that my son DID NOT see an encouraging speech from the President of the United States, he came home with a flier he had been given for a “community event” hosted by a religious organization. Cross on the flier and all. But they are giving away a Wii! But there will be seven different bouncy houses! What kid wouldn’t be enticed by that? Apparently the school district can get away with pushing a religious event (let’s call a spade a spade) by placing the following disclaimer at the bottom:
Distribution of this material does not constitute an endorsement by the school district. It is provided as a community service.
So, I’m trying to wrap my brain around this one. Work with me here.
Encouraging speech for the students?
Religious propaganda distributed through school?
Students enlightened by a President who cares about them?
Schools encouraging bouncy houses for God?
OK, I’m still trying to wrap my head around this very whacked scenario. It may take me a while… Thinking… thinking… thinking…
Nope. I don’t get it. You?