Are the government schools pushing the Obama Agenda?

I just received this email from an irate friend (who shall remain nameless) regarding the latest federal “change agent” activities within the government schools. Normally, I would let this kind of thing slip but did you know that the schools are pushing an assignment as part of the Obama government school “visit?”

If you visit the official government website where the Obama “Lesson Plan” is presented, you will read that teachers are directed to engage the students before, during and after the speech with specific learning goals. Here are a few sample lesson plan ideas:

Before the Speech:

Brainstorm or Concept Web: Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us? What might he say?

During the Speech:

Listening with a purpose: personal responsibility, goals, persistence. Teachers might ask pairs of students to create a word bank from the web of any one of the terms (personal responsibility, goals, or persistence) at the top of a double‐column style notes page. On the right‐hand side, students could take notes while President Obama talks about personal responsibility, or goals, or persistence, trying to capture direct quotations. At the end of the speech, students could then write the corresponding terms from the word bank in the left hand column, to increase retention and deepen their understanding of an important aspect of the speech.

Listening with a purpose: Inspiration and Challenges. Using a similar double‐column style notes page as the one above, the teacher could focus students on quotations that either propose a specific challenge to them or inspire them in some meaningful way. Students could do this individually, in pairs or groups.

After the Speech:

What is President Obama inspiring you to do? What is he challenging you to do?

My question is what if your little Johnnie or Susie is not inspired by the President but rather infuriated by the President and his agenda? What if little Johnnie or Susie writes an excoriating piece about the President? Will the government school come down on little Johnnie or Susie? Will their lack of inspiration or cooperation with the “change” being pushed by Obama affect their grade in social studies? Will it be a black mark on their record? Will they be blacklisted in by the Arizona Education Association?

If you are concerned about this latest incident, you need to make four phone calls.

First, call the principal where your child attends school and let them know how you feel about it. They are likely being directed by the Superintendent of the district to oversee the assignment.

Second, call the school district office and talk to the Superintendent of the District. They are likely the one pushing the assignment.

Third, call Superintendent of Public Instruction for Arizona, Tom Horne, and let him know how you feel. I’m willing to bet that Horne’s office is not crazy about the federal government pushing the Obama lesson in the State of Arizona. He may even be assessing how the State of Arizona may avoid or oppose this despite heavy teacher union pressure.

Fourth, call your congressman and let the know how you feel. I know. This is another battle we have to fight but remember, it’s for YOUR children.

Finally and most importantly, be a parent and sit down with your children and explain to them what you believe and why it is important to you and your family.

Here are three references to the Department of Education regarding the lesson plan for the Obama “visit.”


Comments

  1. I amazed that a speech to nation’s kids about civics is treated like this. You don’t even know what’s he’s going to say.

  2. Klute, I hear you and I realize the speech may be completely apolitical and benign but I think the pattern that this President and Congress have demonstrated over the last 8-9 months has led many people to be highly skeptical at best and downright fearful at most especially when it comes to their children.

  3. Seriously… re-reading this:

    “students could take notes while President Obama talks about personal responsibility, or goals, or persistence…”

    Because – man, we don’t want our kids to learn those virtues.

    ” Will the government school come down on little Johnnie or Susie? Will their lack of inspiration or cooperation with the “change” being pushed by Obama affect their grade in social studies? Will it be a black mark on their record? Will they be blacklisted in by the Arizona Education Association?”

    What was that you said the other about not being a wild-eyed conspiracy theorist?

  4. DSW,

    And I get that you’re not down with is agenda (understatement? 🙂 ) – let’s have a little respect for the office of the Presidency.

    As much as I thought Bush was a dimbulb controlled by a venal puppetmaster, I didn’t object to him speaking to schools etc. The man was still the President.

  5. DSW, I’m curious what is it that you suggest people object to – should people be demanding that schools not show the address? Is it that there is a suggested lesson plan? Would it have been better if no indication that “personal responsibility” was going to be the topic?

  6. I don’t have a problem with the President talking to students about personal responsibility, doing one’s best, respect for others, parents, authority, rule of law, etc.

    But the moment he starts pushing any issue or political agenda in the classroom, he’s crossed the line.

    Given this administration’s very brief track record many of us are having huge difficulty believing that he won’t say something that does just that.

    And like a parent bear protecting its cubs, many parents are already roaring and ready to bite.

  7. I agree. I support the President speaking to school children whole heartedly. He cannot though push his political agenda, which DSW mentions he has history of doing. If he does he begins a scary precedent of making our the school another area where partisan politics swallows everything. If he mentions his health care agenda when a conservative is president can he talk to everyone about abortion? If he sticks to the basic ideals that all of us hold then I applaud him.

  8. “If he sticks to the basic ideals that all of us hold then I applaud him.”

    And if (when) he does, can we maybe then give him the benefit of the doubt next time he does something like this, rather than immediately going from 0 to pitchfork in 30 seconds?

  9. DSW,
    Leaving aside that talking about “personal responsibility, doing one’s best, respect for others, parents, authority, rule of law, etc.” can be cast as pushing a political agenda, I don’t see anything else in the documents posted that indicate something else is going to be pushed. Where do you see evidence of that?

  10. Wait, isn’t this putting “god” back INTO the public schools?

    Seriously though, the liberal agenda in public schools is doing so much harm to children each and every day, I’m not sure an address from a liberal president could do much more damage.

  11. Come on! Look at your headline and ask yourself, why is the emphasis put on “government schools” and not the unbelievable intrusion by a power grabbing radical masquerading as a patriot? Two disingenuous acts, no matter the difference in extremes, do not make a right.

    Please, I understand your extreme dislike for public education, but to label “government schools” as the bad actor in this scenario is just another blatant attempt at manipulating a situation to tell a story that isn’t true in order to unfairly discredit public ed.

    Did any public school come up with this idea? Did any public school write that agenda? Did any public school suggest the nationwide use of the powers of the POTUS to infiltrate our schools, a right given to the states NOT the state, and indoctrinate our children with his radical leftist, liberal agenda? NO,NO, and NO!

  12. Crabby Pirate says

    1. Elections have consequences.

    3. I don’t remember your types of people complaining about the gov’t intruding on our civil liberties and personal lives under the previous president.

    2. The only “indoctrination” is the one playing in your self-righteous head as you run around imagining conspiracy theories by “The Left.” Get over yourself, it’s the President of the United States for pete’s sake.

    R!

  13. Ann,
    You make a good point about the headline, but what indoctrination do you think is going to happen? This is launching a ‘stay in school’ campaign with PSAs from Obama and other radical leftists like NASCAR drivers.

  14. It’s the unrelenting self-promotion by this president and his campaign manager-n-chief, Rahm Emmanuel, that make people instantly doubt any genuine benign patriot motive to hold a massive school pep rally for our youngest children.

    The fact that there seems to be no specific reason or pertinent theme to the rally also makes people suspicious.

    The liberals on this post keep screaming, “You guys don’t even know what he’s going to say yet!”

    That’s exactly the point: When the Commander-in-Chief announces that he wants to address the nation’s children and is extraordinarily vague on the topic or purpose; everyone should sit up and take notice.

  15. Semantics, my liberal friend. Everyday we all eat…whatever we eat is our diet. However, if I say I am on a diet it is with the clear knowledge the listener will assume it is to lose weight. If I am eating whatever I want..it is my diet…I didn’t lie! You misunderstood me.

    When NASCAR drivers need public votes and sentiment to win a race, then I will cry foul.

    I have read the “homework” asked by the Department of ED, it is plain and simple a tool to make promote image of President Obama to school children. Not the office but the person in the office.

    If I had school age children, I would keep them home and offer lesson on the Constitution…Bill of Rights and all.

  16. “That’s exactly the point: When the Commander-in-Chief announces that he wants to address the nation’s children and is extraordinarily vague on the topic or purpose; everyone should sit up and take notice.”

    It’s even MORE troubling when the Commander-in-Chief wants to address the whole NATION – in front of both houses of Congress and the Supreme Court – and that it will be televised on all major networks! He presumes to tell Travis the “State of the Union”?!?!? I think not!

  17. Ann
    There is no mystery about what the subject if the talk is as it is right in the press release which for some reason is not linked to here. It says:
    “During this special address, the president will speak directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.”

    Wow. Sound like real leftist indoctrination. BTW, in looking into this I have come across several rightwing articles that actual misquote some of the proposed assignments in ways that seem deceptive. I would encourage people, as always, to look at the materials instead of other peoples’ summaries.

  18. Klute: There is a big difference between addressing the electorate and making an account of the state of the union and gathering children and asking them to worship and follow the great leader.

    Are you joining Demi Moore and the rest of the Hollywood braintrust in pledging your servitude to The Great Obama?

  19. “Klute: There is a big difference between addressing the electorate and making an account of the state of the union and gathering children and asking them to worship and follow the great leader.”

    Yes, in that first one is an actual thing and the other is a figment of your fevered imagination.

    “Are you joining Demi Moore and the rest of the Hollywood braintrust in pledging your servitude to The Great Obama?”

    Man, you people really cannot get past the fact that the man was elected President, can you? It’s like you never expected another Democratic President, Congress, or appointed Supreme Court justice ever again.

    I can’t imagine what it’s like to live in your world. Maybe I could buy some fear-colored glasses somewhere?

  20. Klute, You didn’t address the problem: Obama wanted the nation’s children to ask themselves what they could do to help HIM. The administration had to admit they got it wrong and then changed it. This country doesn’t ask its children to work for the president.

    The problem is that the nuts in the Obama Nation keep accidentally saying what they really mean and then have to take it back because they forget they’re not talking to a room full of Hippy-Dippy Berkley Bums.

  21. Politico:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26744_Page2.html

    “Bush asked students to “take control” of their education and to write him a letter about ways students could help him achieve his goals, strikingly similar to Obama’s messages.”

    Funny how the conservative media talking heads didn’t saying anything about this “Bush is telling kids to help him!” thing in ’91.

    Hypocrisy. Fear. What else are you all selling?

    “they forget they’re not talking to a room full of Hippy-Dippy Berkley Bums.”

    Wow. Is that an Agnew or a Nixon line?

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