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Local School Districts Pass on Obama's Speech
NBC DFW ^ | Sep 4, 2009 | LITA BECK

Posted on 09/04/2009 6:40:17 AM PDT by An American!

School districts across Texas are pondering whether they'll have their students watch a national address by President Barack Obama next week.

The speech on the importance of education is aimed directly at the nation's school children at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Obama has asked school districts to carry the live webcast.

Districts in North Texas have received complaints about the speech, and most are not broadcasting it to their students.

"There appears to be a curriculum associated with the speech," said Fred Moses, chairman of the Collin County Republican Party.

Parent Bobby Lochner said he wouldn't mind his children hearing a speech on education -- if that's all the message is.

"On the surface, and if it's kept to at that -- as just talking to the American people and the importance of education -- obviously that is very important," he said.

Many districts are making Obama's speech available, but are not requiring students to watch it.

The Dallas Independent School District will broadcast the speech live on its cable channel. Principals will decide if they want to air it live.

And the Fort Worth Independent School District will have the speech available live at all of its high schools, but students will not be required to watch it. Students who choose not to view it will be offered alternative activities.

In Plano, the school district will record the speech and have the video available to students for later.

PTA council president Cara Mendelsohn said Obama is "cutting out the parent" by speaking to kids during school hours.

"Why can't a parent be watching this with their kid in the evening?" Mendelsohn said. "Because that's what makes a powerful statement, when a parent is sitting there saying, 'This is what I dream for you. This is what I want you to achieve."'

Other districts in North Texas are posting the speech on their Web sites and making it available for social studies teachers to use at a later time.

In a letter last week to the nation's school principal, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the speech would challenge students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning.

The Department of Education has a list for teachers of suggested classroom activities for before, during and after the speech posted on its Web site.

The suggestions for grades 7 through 12 include discussing the words "responsibility, persistence and goals" prior to the speech and discussing what in the speech "resonated" with students. Click here to read all of the suggested activities.

For grades prekindergarten through sixth grade, the suggested activities include building "background knowledge" by reading books about Obama and presidents before the speech and writing down "key ideas or phrases" during the speech that students find meaningful or important. Click here to read all of the suggested activities.

Gov. Rick Perry called the Obama's plan for the speech "disturbing" but said he would not advise parents to keep their children home from school Tuesday.

Perry said the speech and its suggested activities were another example of the federal government trying to usurp state and local input.

"Nobody seems to know what he's going to be talking about ... why didn't he spend more time talking to the local districts, superintendents?" he said.

The speech will be streamed live on the White House Web site.

The following is a list of how various school districts are handling the speech. Districts are listed alphabetically:

Allen ISD: Speech will not be shown to grades kindergarten through third grade but will be used as part of the social studies/government curriculum for grades 4 through 12. Arlington ISD: Making the speech available for students and parents on its Web site. The speech will also be available for classroom use as deemed appropriate to the district's curriculum. Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD: Social studies teachers will have the option of broadcasting the speech to their students. Dallas ISD: Speech will be live on its cable channel. Principals will decide if they want to air it live. Denton ISD: Speech will be available on its Web site for anyone to view, but will not be broadcast to students. Duncanville ISD: Social studies teachers will have the option of broadcasting the speech to their students. Fort Worth ISD: Speech available live at all of its high schools, but students will not be required to watch it. Students who choose not to view will have alternative activities. Frisco ISD: District will record the speech, and teachers can choose to use it at a later time. HEB ISD: Speech will be recorded as a podcast. It will be available to social students teachers who want to use it in class and to everyone on the district's Web site. Highland Park ISD: Any teacher can choose to broadcast it. Keller ISD: Speech will be available live. Teachers can show it if they want to. Lancaster ISD: District will record the speech, and teachers can choose to use it at a later time. Mansfield ISD: Speech will be recorded, and teachers can use it at a later time. Plano ISD: Speech will be available on its Web site for anyone to view, but will not be broadcast to students. Richardson ISD: The speech will be available on Wednesday, the day after, and optional for grades kindergarten through 12. Parents will need to give permission for students in grades kindergarten through 8. No discussions or lessons will be offered afterward. Districts not listed did not return calls requesting information.

Districts in other states such as Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Virginia, Wisconsin have decided not to show the speech to students. Others are still thinking it over or are letting parents have their kids opt out.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bhoeducation; bhospeech; nothanks; obama; obamaschooladdress; school; texas
Here in Texas we have the Parents Bill of Rights when it comes to our kids education!
http://scotthochberg.com/parents.html
In part:

Exemption From Instruction
(a) A parent is entitled to remove the parent’s child temporarily from a class or other school activity that conflicts with the parent’s religious or moral beliefs if the parent presents or delivers to the teacher of the parent’s child a written statement authorizing the removal of the child from the class or other school activity.

1 posted on 09/04/2009 6:40:18 AM PDT by An American!
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To: An American!
Who among us, excepting socialist imbeciles, would trust the evil one to focus his address to the kiddies on simply their education?

Stay away from our children!

2 posted on 09/04/2009 6:43:33 AM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholic voters were true to their faith there would be no abortion and no President Obama.)
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To: An American!

The school district we used to live in the principals told the parents that they would not disrupt the school day with the speech. However, they would provide a link on the school website so that parents and their children could watch if they wanted to later @ home. The school district we are now in we haven’t heard a peep from on their plans, so we are calling today to find out. I have a bad feeling they plan to show it. :(


3 posted on 09/04/2009 6:47:20 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger (The problem with socialism, is eventually you run out of other people's money. Margaret Thatcher)
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To: An American!

What a narcissist’s wet dream!


4 posted on 09/04/2009 6:50:34 AM PDT by pray4liberty (http://aroodawakening.tv)
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To: An American!

The most dangerous place in the world is between a parent and their child. Amazing how some people forget this.

OTOH, there is a public service taking place here. A lot of folks had their eyes opened with this last blunder.

Thankd for posting.


5 posted on 09/04/2009 6:51:57 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: IbJensen

NObama...get away from the children


6 posted on 09/04/2009 6:54:14 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: Caipirabob

Our local school district in Missouri will not show it.


7 posted on 09/04/2009 6:54:51 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: EmilyGeiger
The school district we are now in we haven’t heard a peep from on their plans, so we are calling today to find out. I have a bad feeling they plan to show it. :(

It's a Hollywood infomercial for Obama. I'd suggest the first school district's plan to the second school district.

8 posted on 09/04/2009 6:58:52 AM PDT by pray4liberty (http://aroodawakening.tv)
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To: An American!

Have any other presidents directly addressed school children?


9 posted on 09/04/2009 7:12:34 AM PDT by stuartcr (If we are truly made in the image of God, why do we have faults?)
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To: stuartcr

Reagan (1988) and GHWB (1991) both did this. I guess politics knows no bounds...or hypocrisy.


10 posted on 09/04/2009 7:18:26 AM PDT by X-Servative
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To: An American!

Obama has forgotten what it was like to be a kid. Even in the schools that air his platitude-laden speech the kids will take it as an opportunity to nap, whisper with their friends, doodle in their notebooks, etc. The kids only hope that they do not have to do any work during the speech and they pray that there isn’t any extra homework associated with the speech.


11 posted on 09/04/2009 7:18:57 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: X-Servative

Amazing, the research the MSM can do when they want to.


12 posted on 09/04/2009 7:21:01 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: An American!

I heard a quick news bit last night (so, not sure I heard it correctly as was drifting off to sleep), but was surprised to hear that Lt. Gov. in Missouri said if parents want to keep their kids home on September 8, it was okay by the State of Missouri. Now, THAT surprised me, not that I’d ask permission to do so if I felt it necessary.

I still don’t see what the big deal is (as other presidents have addressed school children at a myriad of events), as it will go in one ear and out the other for most children. I haven’t heard of one child who has had his life “changed” by an address by the President of the US — the NEA is a different story. The follow-up is the poison pill.


13 posted on 09/04/2009 7:30:20 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: X-Servative

If those two did, why can’t Obama?


14 posted on 09/04/2009 7:32:50 AM PDT by stuartcr (If we are truly made in the image of God, why do we have faults?)
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To: X-Servative

“Reagan (1988) and GHWB (1991) both did this. I guess politics knows no bounds...or hypocrisy.”

At least Reagan was an American patriot. Any attempt to “indoctrinate” on his part would have been about the joy of living in the greatest nation on earth.


15 posted on 09/04/2009 7:33:18 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: stuartcr

It’s not even so much the speech (although it would help if we could all preview it). What’s particularly disturbing is the “Classroom Activities” suggestions for teachers to do both before and after the speech. They not-so-subtly nudge students toward the president’s political agenda and get them to focus on what they can do for the president. They also promote collectivism.


16 posted on 09/04/2009 7:41:59 AM PDT by MissNomer
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To: An American!

Quitman, Texas ISD has opted completely out of this event, and the Pasadena, Texas ISD has stated they will tape it and make it available for those wanting to see it at their own convienience...

What we need to watch for is the reprisals...Those school districts giving the WH headaches may very much become cut off from certain things in the very near future...

You can forget your grants, and other things doled out by the Feds because of this...

Thats what I would do if I were snubbed like this...

Thats what liberal/statists do to those that do not respect their authority...


17 posted on 09/04/2009 7:48:22 AM PDT by stevie_d_64
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To: An American!

Smart move.

Bump.


18 posted on 09/04/2009 7:50:15 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
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To: An American!
LOL
Here in the Anchorage Skool Distrik the head shed just released a memo that watching the Bammy speechifying was
VOLENTARY. Students could leave, go to library etc....

Seems the heat was turned up to 'boil' over the whole issue.

19 posted on 09/04/2009 7:52:07 AM PDT by ASOC (Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

My district, as with most suburban districts around Columbus have nixed it, too.


20 posted on 09/04/2009 7:54:15 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: MissNomer

I knew there was a good reason.


21 posted on 09/04/2009 8:06:30 AM PDT by stuartcr (If we are truly made in the image of God, why do we have faults?)
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To: X-Servative
Text of Reagan broadcast to students Nov 14 1988

Obama is a tool of socialist parasites, while Reagan's talk was a history lesson. I don't think it qualifies as hypocrisy to object to a man looking to destroy the foundations of the United States.

22 posted on 09/04/2009 8:11:11 AM PDT by dbwz (DISSENT IS PATRIOTIC)
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To: An American!
why didn't he spend more time talking to the local districts, superintendents?" he said.

Because, Governor Perry, DICK-taters don't work that way.

23 posted on 09/04/2009 8:16:10 AM PDT by MamaTexan (~ Dictators don't have friends ~)
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To: stuartcr
Yes, we think there's just a little bit of difference. If you'd like to see the classroom materials for yourself, visit this link to the official website announcing the event: http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/academic/bts.html.


24 posted on 09/04/2009 8:35:35 AM PDT by MissNomer
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To: MissNomer

Thanks. I didn’t see anything there that pertained much to the actual content of his speech. I guess we’ll have to wait and see just how horrible it really is.


25 posted on 09/04/2009 9:05:20 AM PDT by stuartcr (If we are truly made in the image of God, why do we have faults?)
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To: An American!

Georgetown said - NAY!

Leander said - NAY!


26 posted on 09/04/2009 9:11:24 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Jimmy Carter - now the second worst POTUS ever. BHO has #1 spot in his sights.)
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To: An American!
Maybe you guys will begin to see what obstacles a conservative teacher faces in a public classroom. These statements are all designed to comfort the foolish parents, they will still show the feed. Not many parents will actually go to the trouble to write a note stating their religious or moral objections.

Notice there is no right to exclude, based on political belief.

Teachers work for administrators, administrators set policy.

27 posted on 09/04/2009 11:48:00 AM PDT by itsahoot (Each generation takes to excess, what the previous generation accepted in moderation.)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
I still don’t see what the big deal is

The big deal is the lesson plans that the Federal Department of Education sent to all the school districts. Maybe you could produce such documents from other administrations?

28 posted on 09/04/2009 11:53:53 AM PDT by itsahoot (Each generation takes to excess, what the previous generation accepted in moderation.)
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To: ASOC
VOLENTARY. Students could leave, go to library etc....

Designed to invoke racial reprisals, don't you think?

29 posted on 09/04/2009 11:55:42 AM PDT by itsahoot (Each generation takes to excess, what the previous generation accepted in moderation.)
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To: itsahoot

Well, yes indeedy, that’s what the balance of my comment pertained to. The Teachers as Ambassadors or some such was responsible for the lesson plans and it is an arm of the NEA. The speech, eh. The lesson plans come from my old friends in the NEA. I could tell you tales from the 70s that would make your hair stand on end.


30 posted on 09/04/2009 1:36:10 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: itsahoot

Well, yes indeedy, that’s what the balance of my comment pertained to. The Teachers as Ambassadors or some such was responsible for the lesson plans and it is an arm of the NEA. The speech, eh. The lesson plans come from my old friends in the NEA. I could tell you tales from the 70s that would make your hair stand on end.


31 posted on 09/04/2009 1:36:17 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: An American!
Interesting lesson workbook. I was inspired to write a song for Obama.
some Evita tune:

Who is this Senor Presidente?
Why does he want to address us peons?
He towers above us. Yet somehow loves us.
How may we help you, after this seance?

Yes, who is this Santo Obama?
We beg God to make Him immortal.
This One we cherish, must never perish.
A new age beckons, and he's the portal.

32 posted on 09/04/2009 3:05:38 PM PDT by kcar
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To: An American!

“And the Fort Worth Independent School District will have the speech available live at all of its high schools, but students will not be required to watch it. Students who choose not to view it will be offered alternative activities.”

Alternative activities? What? Cleaning the toilets in the locker rooms? Writing their name on the blackboard 1 million times? Perhaps addressing envelopes for ACORN or making political calls for the DNC?

LOL... I would not trust these people as far as I could throw them...lol. If my kid was still in school..he would not be attending that day...PERIOD!


33 posted on 09/04/2009 3:13:54 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: stuartcr
If those two did, why can’t Obama?

Big difference. They both went to a local school and talked to kids, and it was carried by CNN, CSPAN etc. It was not requested to be broadcast into the schools. The Dept. of Ed did not send out curriculum for the teachers to follow during the broadcast.
Obama is planning on trying to do a "presidential address" to the kids. A "state of the union" address if you will. HUGE difference between going to a local school to talk to a group of kids and the media carrying it as news vs the Obama Indoctrination Approach.
34 posted on 09/04/2009 3:46:47 PM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: X-Servative

Reagan (1988) and GHWB (1991) both did this.
+++++++++++++++++

Did they provide accompanying cirriculum highly encouraged (as they put it) throught the DoE?

What did they say? Stay in School, read much, stay off drugs, you are our future.

Much different than, please figure out the ways the POTUS inspires you, or how do I inspire you to change, or what will you do to support our efforts for change...blah, blah, dear leader, blah.


35 posted on 09/04/2009 3:51:36 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: An American!

Since I don’t have any kids, it really doesn’t affect me, but I will reserve my judgement until after I hear what he has to say.


36 posted on 09/04/2009 4:04:29 PM PDT by stuartcr (If we are truly made in the image of God, why do we have faults?)
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To: stuartcr

I believe the speech will be on the White House website Monday


37 posted on 09/04/2009 4:05:33 PM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: SoftballMominVA

Thanks


38 posted on 09/04/2009 5:04:37 PM PDT by stuartcr (If we are truly made in the image of God, why do we have faults?)
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To: itsahoot

Sorry, spell check was off this weekend....


39 posted on 09/04/2009 6:50:39 PM PDT by ASOC (Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui)
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To: stuartcr

It is about federal involvement where they do not belong...freedom encroachment...there is no right in Constitution for a Department of Education. So whether you have kids or not, it still is wrong and you should care, because freedom is not free and must be defended.


40 posted on 09/04/2009 6:50:53 PM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: An American!

As I said, I will wait to pass judgement until after we know what is said.


41 posted on 09/05/2009 6:34:12 AM PDT by stuartcr (If we are truly made in the image of God, why do we have faults?)
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To: An American!

Any bets that somewhere in some school(s)after the speech fights break out between kids who call a spade a spade and those who worship a false messiah?


42 posted on 09/05/2009 6:45:01 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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