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Hey Obama, Leave Those Kids Alone
Cato Institute ^ | September 03, 2009

Posted on 09/03/2009 2:07:14 PM PDT by Steelfish

Hey Obama, Leave Those Kids Alone

September 2, 2009

Neal McCluskey:

It's one thing for a president to encourage all kids to work hard and stay in school – that's a reasonable use of the bully pulpit. It's another thing entirely, however, to have the U.S. Department of Education send detailed instructions to public schools nationwide on how to glorify the president and the presidency, and push them to drive social change. Frighteningly, this is what President Obama has done.

In anticipation of the president's planned September 8 address to students nationwide, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter and detailed "classroom activities" to schools with all sorts of troubling buzzwords and guidance. In his letter, Duncan asserts that the work of educators is "critical to…our social progress." It's a statement that strongly suggests – as many educators have held and continue to hold – that it is the job of public schools to impose values, often collectivist, on students.

The fear that this might be the case is reinforced by classroom activities for pre-K-6 students that encourages children to make posters setting out "community and country" goals. Perhaps even more frightening is the lesson schools are pushed to teach that it is important to listen to "the President and other elected officials."

Possibly most distressing of all, though, is guidance that appears explicitly designed to glorify both the presidency and President Obama himself, encouraging schools to prepare for the speech "by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama." And schools are told to ask students how president Obama will "inspire" them in his speech before he gives it, and how they were inspired after Obama has spoken.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obamaschooladdress

1 posted on 09/03/2009 2:07:15 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

If he really cared about their education, he would BUTT OUT of their school day and let them learn.

But this really isn’t about the kids, is it?


2 posted on 09/03/2009 2:14:12 PM PDT by henkster (The frog has noticed the increase in water temperature)
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To: Steelfish

3 posted on 09/03/2009 2:15:08 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Steelfish

I’m reserving judgment till I see what he actually says.

Massive criticism seems a little premature.

Didn’t JFK do something similar with his PE promotions?


4 posted on 09/03/2009 2:15:44 PM PDT by Sherman Logan ("The price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections." Thomas Sowell)
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To: Sherman Logan
reserving judgment?

would you want a satanic priest speaking to your children? how about bin laden? or a pedophile? or Charles Manson? Or would you reserve judgment?

I don't want that evil sob anywhere near my children. And I'd die before I let them swear allegiance to him.

5 posted on 09/03/2009 2:20:10 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: Steelfish; xsmommy

We don’t need indoctrination
We don’t need your thought control
No liberal dogma in the classroom
Zero leave them kids alone

Hey! Zero! Leave them kids alone.
All in all you’re
Just another pimp on the dole.


6 posted on 09/03/2009 2:21:29 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Steelfish
Geesh!

If he's not pushing ABORTION and denying botched ABORTED INFANTS medical care - he wants to indoctrinate them with his foul mind.

7 posted on 09/03/2009 2:22:32 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Steelfish

It ain’t going to Work Zero you have pissed off everyone now.


8 posted on 09/03/2009 2:24:56 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Steelfish
encouraging schools to prepare for the speech "by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama."

How clueless can they be? School has just started, and some schools will not yet be in session, but these clowns want kids to read books before the speech next Tuesday.

This entire thing is creepy, manipulative and also very incompetently executed.

9 posted on 09/03/2009 2:26:19 PM PDT by Will88
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Tad hyperbolic today, are we?

You are welcome to your opinion, but I haven’t seen that level of evil in the man. Yet.


10 posted on 09/03/2009 2:26:30 PM PDT by Sherman Logan ("The price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections." Thomas Sowell)
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To: Sherman Logan
I’m reserving judgment till I see what he actually says.

I don't think the speech is (or will be) the problem.

It's the "suggested lesson plan" sent out prior to it, with questions to be posed to the kids like:

"Is it important to agree with the President?"
"What will you do to support the President?"

These have since been modified to questions that are more appropriate to challenge the students to stay in school.

11 posted on 09/03/2009 2:29:55 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: Will88

Obama Youth 1.0.


12 posted on 09/03/2009 2:30:32 PM PDT by maro (Repeal the 8th Amendment)
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To: Servant of the Cross

All in all it’s just another Barack in the wall


13 posted on 09/03/2009 2:30:36 PM PDT by Paratrooper
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To: Paratrooper

Priceless!


14 posted on 09/03/2009 2:31:46 PM PDT by dagogo redux (I never met a Dem yet who didn't understand a slap in the face, or a slug from a .45)
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To: Sherman Logan
Tad hyperbolic today, are we

No he's not

You are welcome to your opinion, but I haven’t seen that level of evil in the man.

Then you're either not looking very hard or you need glasses

15 posted on 09/03/2009 2:32:56 PM PDT by clamper1797 (If Obama were a paid Soviet agent he could not do more damage ... Sen Thomas Jordan)
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To: Sherman Logan
Didn’t JFK do something similar with his PE promotions?

NO, JFK promoted physical fitness and 50 mile hikes through normal communications channels. No president has ever tried to speak to school kids directly over TV, during the school day, thus attempting to make it mandatory.

It would be fine at 7:00 pm at night where parents and kids could decide whether to watch or not watch. No politician should ever seek, or be allowed a captive audience.

16 posted on 09/03/2009 2:34:48 PM PDT by Will88
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To: Steelfish

I’m agnostic about parents keeping their kids out of school, but I do like the idea that the uproar occurred.

Any day that the folks in the White House have to sit around saying, “What the hell? We didn’t expect that. Now we have to go fix it” is a good day.

Keep them off balance. If enough of their ideas are shot down, they might actually start to think twice and lose their confidence.


17 posted on 09/03/2009 2:35:11 PM PDT by NRPM (America again in 2010!)
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To: Sherman Logan
I agree. Let's hear what he says, then act accordingly. If he even hints at anything indoctrination-like he's in big trouble.

I think posters should be more focused (now) on how the speech is being hyped, like the article points out. It's downright creepy...
18 posted on 09/03/2009 2:35:57 PM PDT by 2sheds
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To: clamper1797

Yeah, no kidding.


19 posted on 09/03/2009 2:47:21 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: VRWCmember

Comments 6 & 13... PRICELESS!!


20 posted on 09/03/2009 2:48:27 PM PDT by VRWCRick
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To: Steelfish; xsmommy

(improved?)

We don’t need indoctrination
We don’t need your thought control
No liberal dogma in the classroom
Zero leave them kids alone

Hey! Zero! Leave them kids alone.
All in all it’s just A-
nother Barak on the prowl.


21 posted on 09/03/2009 2:54:00 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: 2sheds

Creepy...and creeping...until one day it really is a monster.


22 posted on 09/03/2009 2:58:04 PM PDT by madinmadtown
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To: Steelfish
Obama is preying on our children.

St. Michael the Archangel, pray for US!
23 posted on 09/03/2009 3:20:48 PM PDT by mlizzy (Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapels Everywhere spells P.E.A.C.E.)
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To: Steelfish

We don’t need no thought control.


24 posted on 09/03/2009 3:24:37 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Paratrooper

Good post.


25 posted on 09/03/2009 3:25:33 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Steelfish

Obama has no intention of leaving our kids alone. Brainwashing and propagandizing young people is a necessary step in 0bama’s anti American revolution.


26 posted on 09/03/2009 3:35:02 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Sherman Logan
The danger does not lye in the message, this will be Innocent, caring and upfront but with the behind the scene instructions given to our educators by the zero administration to indoctrinate, propagandize and brainwash the children.
27 posted on 09/03/2009 3:40:17 PM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: 2sheds

Pretty much all the local districts will tape it, allow time to consider it, and allow for parents to give input, THEN decide what to do with it. My district has already decided not to play it to students at all.

I have spoken to the two principals, and the superintendednt in person, the other districts have responded via radio news.


28 posted on 09/03/2009 3:56:11 PM PDT by whd507 (www.deanmoore.us)
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To: Sherman Logan
Massive criticism seems a little premature.

Has any previous President sought to have citizens (other than his own family, friends, and staff) publicly declare fealty to him personally?

I wouldn't be surprised if Obama deliberately keeps his speech tame, but with the intention of making students more loyal to him than to their families or the USA.

29 posted on 09/03/2009 5:57:58 PM PDT by supercat (Barry Soetoro == Bravo Sierra)
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To: Sherman Logan

Do you really doubt that 0 is evil?


30 posted on 09/03/2009 7:39:30 PM PDT by TheFourthMagi
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To: Steelfish

Before Obama is finished, he will require all children to read the Communist Manifesto, and pledge their allegiance to him alone. I smell the stench of Fascism in the air! Impeach him now, before it’s too late!


31 posted on 09/03/2009 9:38:40 PM PDT by Ragtime
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