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Obama's Address to Students Creates Stir in DFW (Schools can opt out, Dem. chair disappointed)
Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | Sept. 02, 2009 | Jessamy Brown

Posted on 09/03/2009 6:22:59 AM PDT by RaiderRose

A planned live address to school students by President Barack Obama next week is causing controversy for school districts as some parents object to what they see as partisan politics.

The issue, which became a hot-button topic on some radio talk shows this week, left school administrators scrambling to decide whether to allow students to watch the live broadcast...(snip)

Some administrators say they are reluctant to interrupt daily lesson plans and won’t show the address live...(snip) Others will allow campuses to access the speech during the broadcast but will also record it for teachers to show later.

Those opposing the speech say students should not be forced to listen to a presidential message.

"We’re hearing from parents and grandparents that are not very happy. They really feel like it is political indoctrination," said Stephanie Klick, Tarrant County Republican Party chairwoman...(snip)

Parent Steve Atwell said he believes the speech is an attempt at propaganda. He urged Keller trustees in a letter to cancel plans to show the speech or give equal time to "someone of an opposite moral and political viewpoint."

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"This preferential treatment for Obama does not reflect the values of the vast majority of KISD parents or taxpayers. Most, I believe, would prefer that Obama stay away from their children.  . . .  I strongly resent using my tax dollars to indoctrinate my children in the alleged virtues of statist political philosophy."

Tarrant County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Maxwell defended the president’s attempt to underscore the need for American children to succeed in school.

"I have tremendous disappointment that any parent would not let their children listen to a pro-education message, a message about how important it is to stay in school and get that degree," Maxwell said...

(Excerpt) Read more at star-telegram.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: address; obama; obamaschooladdress; schoochildren; school
I was surprised that Keller ISD is in on this thing given how conservative our area is. My sons won't be involved.
1 posted on 09/03/2009 6:23:00 AM PDT by RaiderRose
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To: RaiderRose

The Dems may own the teachers’ unions, but they don’t own the schools.


2 posted on 09/03/2009 6:30:21 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: RaiderRose

Everyone should contact their local RNC chapter and see what they’re made of.


3 posted on 09/03/2009 6:32:37 AM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: RaiderRose
Tarrant County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Maxwell defended the president’s attempt to underscore the need for American children to succeed in school.
"I have tremendous disappointment that any parent would not let their children listen to a pro-education message, a message about how important it is to stay in school and get that degree," Maxwell said...

I remember that Bush '43 started out intending to be an 'education' president with the inspiration from Laura, a public school librarian. Indeed, he was at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida when 9/11 happened.

I wonder what Tarrant County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Maxwell's reaction would have been if Bush had proposed the exact same thing? Need I say that I would doubt his support?

4 posted on 09/03/2009 6:34:55 AM PDT by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: RaiderRose
All Hail Dear Leader!


5 posted on 09/03/2009 6:37:11 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: RaiderRose
My children will be at school that day, they will start their day with public prayer, they will learn a traditional curriculum, they will end the day with public prayer, all completely Obama-free.

I would hate to have to be constantly worrying what the next assault on my values, aimed at my children, would be, coming from their school.

6 posted on 09/03/2009 6:37:37 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: RaiderRose

how ‘bout everyone just saying,” Hey Barry, leave my kids alone ya douche bag.”


7 posted on 09/03/2009 6:38:43 AM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: RaiderRose

voice your outrage


8 posted on 09/03/2009 6:42:46 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: RaiderRose
What will the teachers be telling the kids on the day Obama speaks to them?


9 posted on 09/03/2009 6:43:31 AM PDT by syriacus (Obama's overarching political policy is "Cash from Chumpsters --- to Chums.")
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To: SES1066

Fox news reported that both Bush and Reagan spoke to schoolkids... I am not remembering that.


10 posted on 09/03/2009 6:45:05 AM PDT by GOPPachyderm
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To: RaiderRose

If zer0 wants our school children to know more about him and his policies have him release his college transcripts and thesis and other great writings of his college days . If he would the school age children will know more about him than the people who elected him .


11 posted on 09/03/2009 6:48:19 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (-:{ GLEN BECK a modern day Patrick Henry }:-)
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To: RaiderRose

Hasn’t the White House already sent out the “materials” that tell the teachers to ask “how they can help the President”? I know they’ve changed the language now but I think the propaganda is already in the school’s hands.


12 posted on 09/03/2009 6:49:32 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: GOPPachyderm

They spoke about “reading” and “drugs” ,,,,, not about what can you do for me ,,,,,,,, big difference don’t you think .


13 posted on 09/03/2009 6:50:40 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (-:{ GLEN BECK a modern day Patrick Henry }:-)
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To: Kenny

Our public schools are propaganda factories run by the left and their unions .They are Public Indoctrination Centers and our colleges are even worse .


14 posted on 09/03/2009 6:55:45 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (-:{ GLEN BECK a modern day Patrick Henry }:-)
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To: RaiderRose

I was told by our elem school that they have not yet decided about showing the speech but that “a letter will be sent home about it” this week.

Well, good, just as long as they don’t wait til the last minute or anything.


15 posted on 09/03/2009 6:57:05 AM PDT by workerbee (If you vote for Democrats, you are engaging in UnAmerican Activity.)
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To: GOPPachyderm
Fox news reported that both Bush and Reagan spoke to schoolkids ...

I too don't recall any 'live' direct address and as far as that is concerned I think that the technology did not exist especially for Reagan. Were there taped messages on generic topics like 'stay in school', 'stay off drugs' and the like, I would say OF COURSE there were.

However a planned talk to all students in all schools for all grades with lesson plans encouraged on how to 'help the President'? This is another tin-ear effort by an over-weaning over-the-top President that has never suffered prior compromise and setback. Combine this with the effort at the National Endowment for the Arts and a very chilling picture starts to emerge. Imagine this without the internet and talk radio but with the current liberal media? Would we be hearing about this in advance or would it just appear before us as a 'natural trend'?

16 posted on 09/03/2009 7:17:38 AM PDT by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: RaiderRose
He urged Keller trustees in a letter to cancel plans to show the speech or give equal time to "someone of an opposite moral and political viewpoint."

Two names come to mind: Alan Keyes and Thomas Sowell.

17 posted on 09/03/2009 7:25:15 AM PDT by The Comedian
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To: GOPPachyderm
Fox news reported that both Bush and Reagan spoke to schoolkids...

I remember President Bush reading to a single classroom in Florida on 9/11, but not to every classroom in the country. He was chastised for doing that.

18 posted on 09/03/2009 7:43:55 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Jimmy Carter - now the second worst POTUS ever. BHO has #1 spot in his sights.)
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To: RaiderRose

Niether will ours.

We got a different message from the school initially. The disctrict never called me back, but the website makes it clear.

We are also sending a note to opt-out of any related classroom curriculum as “our belief is that no political perspective should be influencing the children in school”.


19 posted on 09/03/2009 8:01:27 AM PDT by call meVeronica
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To: RaiderRose
Heh .. my son's teahcer is going to get an earful then. He thinks and says that Obama is a communist.

In Keller ISD no less. (Hmmm wonder where he learned that)

20 posted on 09/03/2009 8:06:36 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (The way to destroy a countercultural movement is to have white people start liking it.)
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To: Centurion2000

Hello fellow Keller FReeper! My oldest is only 5, but knows that the guy on TV all the time believes in some very bad things and lies a lot. :) Just a couple of more years, and I would turn him loose.

He’s just too young to be viewing anything even slightly political without an educated (conservative) adult’s guidance.


21 posted on 09/03/2009 8:11:50 AM PDT by RaiderRose (Obama has cured my husband's political apathy.)
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To: RaiderRose
He’s just too young to be viewing anything even slightly political without an educated (conservative) adult’s guidance.

I'd say that my son is too (he's 9) .... but if the education system is going to attempt memtic engineering on children I'll beat them to the punch. I explained taxes with grades and he INSTANTLY got it. (Is it 'fair' to take your A grade and give it to some other person that didn't work nearly as hard as you? He got HOT at that idea.)

22 posted on 09/03/2009 8:21:13 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (The way to destroy a countercultural movement is to have white people start liking it.)
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To: Centurion2000
I explained taxes with grades and he INSTANTLY got it. (Is it 'fair' to take your A grade and give it to some other person that didn't work nearly as hard as you? He got HOT at that idea.)

Excellent idea! I'll have to remember that one.

23 posted on 09/03/2009 9:26:40 AM PDT by RaiderRose (Obama has cured my husband's political apathy.)
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To: RaiderRose

Keep that Marxist FREAK away from our kids! He can’t fool the adults any more so now he’ll work the kids into a frenzy.


24 posted on 09/03/2009 11:19:32 AM PDT by RW_Whacko
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