I guess I’m not quite sure, but I do know a couple of parents are not happy about this! I had this exchange with Kristin today.
September 4, 2009
St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee
Member at Large
STATEMENT REGARDING PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ADDRESS TO ST. TAMMANY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“As a parent of four children in our St. Tammany Parish public school system, I am appalled that taxpayer money is being used to further President Obama’s agenda. I send my children to school to be educated, not indoctrinated.
“The presidential address scheduled for September 8, 2009 and the accompanying teacher’s guide obligates our children to agree with the President’s socialist ideology rather than engage in a healthy debate on his agenda. Turning to America’s children to justify his liberal agenda is an abuse of power to which I am offended and infuriated. I appreciate that our school board and school superintendent have afforded parents an opt-out opportunity so as not to usurp our parental rights.
“As for me and my children, we will engage in these political discussions at home where my children can speak out on the sanctity of human life and traditional marriage. Where we can have a Christmas Party rather than a Holiday Party and where we can pray peacefully as our forefathers did.”
Me: You really think this is not an OK thing I guess? I on the other hand want my children to respect the President, whether they agree with him or not. My 13 yo son already came home and said yuck Obama – I told him not to be like that.
Kristin: I, too, want my children to respect the President but the means by which he is pushing his agenda is wrong. If it were truly a message to encourage education, I can appreciate that. However, if he is pushing for education then why is he taking away valuable classroom time on something that could be broadcast during hours when families can make their own decisions? He’s using our teachers and our classroom to inculcate our children.
It is being broadcast when most parents are at work and won’t have an opportunity to view the message yet when our children come home with questions, how are we to respond?
Then there is this.
So no this really has me thinking – what is he going to be talking about? Will my kids little minds be messed up from this talk? I’m not sure…I need more information…talk amongst yourselves…..