I have no problem with the President addressing school kids, but when it used as part of a political agenda I have a problem.
I think the President should have had two distinct broadcasts, one for elementary and one for high school kids.
The message to elementary could have been: Kids listen to your teachers and your parents. Do what they ask you to do, do your home work and do your best, etc.
To high school kids, he could have addressed stats about the kind of jobs that graduates get as opposed to non grads. Peer pressure about drugs, sex and alcohol could have been addressed too.
My problem comes with the federal board of education sending lesson plans to teachers about questions to ask about how Obama inspires them and books to read about Obama. Then to give instructions to teachers about how to make posters with Obama quotes for the class room, essentially the govt running the class that day.
It turns the whole thing into nothing more than a political program for kids.
This clears up any question about these being government schools. Making it clear vouchers are necessary to give parents choice of where they want their kids educated.
How many of these schools even have a picture of Washington, Lincoln or Jefferson hanging anywhere in their building. I checked our k-6 building and only found a picture of MLK, Einstein and Obama hanging---a sad state of affairs.
Did any of these schools ever have a picture of President Bush hanging there, I seriously doubt it.