For many students across the country, classes are just getting started. To kick-off the school year, President Obama is planning a classroom address on September 8th at 11:00 p.m. central time.
In preparation for the school talk, teachers across the nation are putting together materials for students from PreK through the 12th grade. The school address will challenge students to work diligently and set educational goals. It will also be aired live on C-Span.
Locally, we haven’t heard much about this. Of course, most of our students went back to class a week or more ago. But, across the nation, parents are protesting. One, in Tampa, FL, compared it to a rated-R movie, saying that she should be issued a permission slip or the chance to preview the speech. A young Florida student even, reportedly, wrote several letters to his Congressman. In response, an “alternate partisan activity” was set-up. Meanwhile, in some cities, including several in Arizona, school Principals are calling it a mandatory event, to the outrage of parents who have been quoted as calling it a form of “brainwashing” and “just an attempt to get to parents through their children.”
So, what are your thoughts? Is your child’s class participating? How do you feel about the President addressing your school?