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Seeing the following guidelines issued by the Department of Education ahead of Obama's upcoming speech to elementary school kids across the nation, I figured out one of the things that really has me creeped out about this adminstration.

Aside from all the social agenda the thing is cramming down kids' throats, there's a line in the last section of the 2nd page, suggesting that teachers encourage students to write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.

That's when it hit me...we hear a lot of rhetoric coming out of Washington, but the thing that has me creeped out is that the thread running through it isn't "What can I do to help America" or "What can I do to improve my country." It's "What can I do to help Obama?"

It seems that people are thinking that it's our patriotic duty (even young schoolchildren) to devote our lives to helping him achieve his agenda. Everything seems to boil down to the idea that it's all about him, and that we all need to focus on giving him what he wants. Louis XIV coined the expression "I am the State." It seems like that mindset is coming back into vogue. I can only really remember 8 presidents, but I've I've never seen this kind of cultish mentality before.

My experience has been that other presidents have all seen their job as serving the country. I got to experience that personally from Bush last year. But this guy...he seems to see it the other way around. He's not here to do for us...we're supposed to do for him.

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/10582301/President-Obama’s-Address-to-Students-Across-America-September-8-2009

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Hey this is no diffrent then the arabs brain washing thier kids to hate jews. This doesnt surprise me in the least the left run education system has been brain washing our students for 30 years.

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Its very worrisome to see how left-leaning academia as a whole is these days, and its even more troubling to see teachers influencing our young schoolchildren. Parents need to step it up and be more involved in their kids' education, but sadly the reverse has been happening for quite some time now.

Everything about this current admin creeps me out!!

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Encouraging school kids to stay in school, get an education, and take responsibility for themselves and their own lives? Think

Sorry guys, maybe I'm just missing something, but I find absolutley nothing socialist about any of that. To me it's the Presidents duty to encourage these things and give these types of speeches guys. Past Presidents have done this, and never got so much shit for it.

Hey I'm no fan of Obama, but I can assure you all. He didn't get to where he is today by dropping out of school, sitting on his butt, collecting welfare, and smoking crack. To be fair, he knows what ambition and effort are, and the importance of it. Is there something socialist about that? I guess if we find that he has sneeked or hidden some of his socialist agenda in that speech we can criticise him for it, but I don't think that's what this speech will be about.

I always heard George Bush senior, when he was President talking about his "New World Order",and most conservatives never came down hard on him for that crap. I guess if we were talking about Obama's stance on healthcare or guns, that would be a whole other argument.

Yes, a great many of Obama's policical views and agendas may be socialist leaning, but you can't villify a President for encouraging school kids to stay in school and earn their way in life. Bill Cosby has done the same thing for the youth of America and even he has gotten shit and critcism from his own race about it. Nothing wrong with giving or encouraging a "hand-up", not to be confused with a "hand-out". Obama may not be doing a lot of what he promised or even a lot of things the right way, but when he does do good let's not shred him for it. All I'm saying is lets not jump to conclusions on this one. Not yet anyway.

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I wasn't raising the issue about socialist indoctrination...although I don't believe he can talk to kids without pushing the propaganda on them. We'll see what happens.

The point I'm making is the part about "How can I help Obama". Not a call to patriotism, not a call to taking a leadership role...a call to serve the Dear Leader. Remember this video? It's amazing how the past few months change one's perspective of the lyrics of this song. This is what I'm worried about -- that my kids will come home from school glassy-eyed Obamabots.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtGrp5MbzAI&feature=related

I've had six kids, and over the past 22 years I've spent a lot of time trying to undo the programming schools are putting into them. A few months ago my sophomore son had been told to read "Fast Food Nation", which is an anti-meat, anti-fast food screed that's stuffed with data manipulation, fallacious reasoning, and misleading info and analysis -- if not outright lying. PETA could've written the thing. His teacher then told the class to write papers arguing for or against the meatpacking industry USING ONLY MATERIAL FROM THE BOOK. She then gave them an assignment to write letters to legislators or corporate CEOs expressing that opinion. Of course, any student that opposes the teacher's view faces the power of the red pen.

Make no mistake about it...our schools are overwhelmingly liberal and spend a lot of time teaching kids WHAT to think, instead of HOW to think. I've been involved with schools all over the country for 22 years...and my youngest is starting first grade this year so I'll be at it for a long time to come. From my perspective, what was once a liberal slant to curriculum is increasingly becoming blatant activism and indoctrination.

As the saying goes, the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.

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WesternHunter wrote:
Encouraging school kids to stay in school, get an education, and take responsibility for themselves and their own lives? Think

Sorry guys, maybe I'm just missing something, but I find absolutley nothing socialist about any of that. To me it's the Presidents duty to encourage these things and give these types of speeches guys. Past Presidents have done this, and never got so much **** for it.

I don't have a problem with the message of encouraging kids to stay in school. I've heard that a transcript will be available before the speech, so parents can decide for themselves. I would say the speech itself will be innocuous. The part I do have a problem with, is what the teachers are doing before and after the speech. I also have a problem with the guidelines for the teachers.

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The Dems seem to have perfected the art of Mafia management. The Godfather himself seems clean, but all the henchmen around him are doing the dirty work. Hillary and Bill used to do the same thing. Let the underlings around you do the heavy lifting. If they get away with it, great. If they don't and it starts to get ugly, issue a retraction and say that they were acting on their own and it wasn't your intent to go that direction. If you're a Democrat, the media is more than willing to credit you with success, and let you off the hook for failure if you throw them a sacrificial lamb. Mafia management is all benefit, limited liability for the president.

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His speech was originally telling the kids to write a letter about what they could do to help President Obama . Not what can I do for my country but what they could do for him. I dont want him talking to my kids. . . Its not the Dems I have a problem with its these left wing... Obama , Pelosi , Reid , Barney Frank . dems I cant stand.

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Well....now that the speech has finally been delivered, is there aymore input on this one?

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I saw his speech while waiting in the "Jury Assembly" room for my turn to be interviewed as a potential juror in an Armed Robbery and Attempted Murder trial. (I made it to the last cut before defendant plead No Contest to his charges and I was dismissed)

Even though he tactfully mentioned the Green jobs, Clean Energy search and technology, the Financial Markets, etc, it was actually a very positive message that he delivered.
I agree with the Kids that commented afterwards, the theme was Personal Responsibility and I can not argue against that. Thumbs up

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I couldn't watch it -- can't stand watching the guy perform. But I read it.

Regarding the reference to critical thinking skills learned in history and social studies...IMO better applied to the voting booth than "fighting poverty and homelessness."

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