Obama Encouraging Children to Succeed
Obama's school speech
Should school children be allowed to listen to Obama's speech next week?
When did "intelligence" become a bad word?
I've been reading people's response to President Obama addressing our nation's school children September 8 and it is appalling how fearful our more impressionable population has become after following the Fox News crowd and the Republican Party's negative campaign. They call him communist because he is talking to all the children. They call him names because he is trying to encourage children to find their own answers to choices they make about their future.
Has anyone actually gone to the official White House website as opposed to simply listening to some right wing nut case whose only purpose is to create unrest and spur on the commission of treason by making the public fearful? And when did it become a bad thing to have an education and set goals for oneself?
Obama's "Back to School" message
On the White House website, the president's back-to-school message will, "Help get America’s students engaged! On Tuesday, September 8 — the first day of school for many students — the President will talk directly to students across the country on the importance of taking responsibility for their education, challenging them to set goals and do everything they can to succeed."
If you look at the lesson plans offered schools from the White House site after the president's chat, you'll notice the questions ask the children to think for themselves. I know the idea of thinking for oneself is difficult for Fox News supporters to comprehend after mindlessly repeating the talking points of riot ringleaders like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Addressing that audience, I must insist it's not such a terrible thing to encourage children to remain in school and achieve something more than a high school education. I'm not exaggerating when I say, a few friends who actually admit they don't care if their children go to college happen to be republican.
Not only is getting an education (preferably, college level and beyond) good for our country's children--including my own--but it's also good for our country as a whole to have an educated, well-informed populace. An uneducated population makes for a weak country. When you meet grown Americans who don't know how many branches of government exist, who think Hawaii is a different country and can only back up the question of why they don't like Obama with a mere "I just don't like the guy" instead of some factual points, it frightens me to think where this country is heading. It frightens me to think that this intelligent leader's reputation is denigrated on a regular basis by the right-wingers as a means to stir up shit while creating hysteria and anarchy. They call him a communist and worse fabrications. They say he wants to control your children. The only "control" going on is with these antagonistic right-wing announcers who support a path to keep our population stupid so people will blindly believe their propaganda. Are they all vying to be like Joseph Goebbels so they can claim the title as the new Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda?
Instead of ruining the schools with programs like "No Child Left Behind" that cut out too many good programs and forced teachers to "teach to the test," Obama, an educated man, is reaching out to our nation's children to inspire them to want to learn; to inspire them to achieve great things. Kennedy may have wanted to inspire our nation's citizens to educate our children so we could invent the necessary engineering and machinery that would take us to the moon, but now it is Obama's task to recover our schools' ability to teach our children after too many programs were stripped away during the reign of our nation's village idiot, G.W. Bush, who opted instead to throw mountains of money into Iraq and into the laps of his business buddies in the form of no-bid contracts.
Just as I encourage my own children to set goals, find activities and interests about which they are passionate, just as my republican husband and I discuss issues with them about the world they live in, it is important to this administration to return the importance of a strong education to our schools and our children. If we can't think for ourselves, certainly there is another country that will use this weakness against us to gain control.
With parental support and encouragement, children do well in school
"All children can do well (in school) as long as they have the support they need," said President Obama in an interview about what he was going to say to school children next week. He explained, when you place higher expectations on children, they will try harder and achieve more. He added, "The best thing young people can do is to do well in school," and when they are done with that, they can help others in their community which makes their country stronger. This request to serve in your community isn't communism or socialism, it's community and caring for your neighbor as a way of building trust and preventing anarchy. I suggest you don't use those political labels until you understand their true meaning--you can learn about this in school. Try taking some political science courses in your local college or university if you don't have a clue about what these terms mean (there are more nuances in their meanings than you can find on dictionary.com or in the catch-all phrasing offered by conservative propaganda machines).
I'm glad our President is making a connection with our nation's children. I'm glad he is encouraging them to study and achieve; to set goals and expect more of their future opportunities. I'm glad he is a role model of excellence and effort. If his conversation with our nation's children inspires youngsters to do well in school and become better citizens, then how can that possibly hurt our nation? Are people so afraid that a black man can successfully lead our nation to a position of strength in the world? People will still have an opportunity to disagree, discuss and yes, argue the issues. But at least they will be better informed and make a decision that reflects their own ideals and not those of ratings-hungry right-wing fear mongers (I was going to say pundit, but that assumes they are experts).
I'm baffled by anyone who believes the president's message will corrupt children
(The following was copied directly from the official White House website. Read his remarks before lambasting him for sullying children's minds and accusing him of turning our young population into communists.)
Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event:
September 8, 2009