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Posted on 09/06/2009 9:16:11 PM PDT by goodnesswins
Parents Not Welcome at President's School Speech By: Michael Noyes | 2009-09-04 BOZEMAN Parents of students in Bozeman schools may not be welcome if they want to watch the Presidents address to students on Tuesday morning with their child.
Bozeman Public Schools Superintendent Kirk Miller said the presidents address falls under the schools policies on guest speakers. That policy states that, Unless the principal approves otherwise, the teacher will not allow non-class members to hear the speaker. The rest of the story is here: http://www.montanapolicy.org/main/story.php?story_id=15
Please take a look and pass along as you feel appropriate. And have a good weekend! Carl
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How the hell did Montana ever get so communistic?
Californians? and Hollyweirdos....
Liberal teachers and a lot of rich actors, everyone else is normal.
Bill Ayers and Progressives writing the curriculum for decades.
The fact that parents would be refused entry, or that anyone would be refused entry, is very disturbing.
If there is nothing to hide, and this is not an indoctrination... oh, wait!
I would pull my child out of that school pronto! No one should tell a parent they can’t attend anything at a school that child attends. That is just stupid!
What difference would it make unless they have something to hide!
Good find! Strange for Montana in my way of thinking.
Tha district sounds completely bassackwards. Parents do not need permission from a district employee to see their own child.
Actually it sounds illegal.
By that standard, it's not only parents, it's the Superintendant, principal, and all other school employees including teachers who can't attend either since they are "non-class members".
What a strange school district.
Exactly..and the employees sound brainbwashed into believing that parents are a disruption. A televised speech equivalent to a guest speaker? Yah, rrrright.
I am trying to think of a nonsinister reason for such a rule but haven’t come up with one yet. Anyone?
That policy states that, Unless the principal approves otherwise, the teacher will not allow non-class members to hear the speaker.
I’m sorry but that’s just plain creepy. Just who do they think is in charge here?
If the district was unhappy with the policy...they merely vote the school board out...and the county education director. It’s that simple. Obviously, they don’t care.
If the locals think this is a big deal and they can’t stop it....they can merely cut the power line and bring the school to 1888-reality.
It sure does...
I have a feeling that school district is going to be experiencing a rapid enrollment drop starting this week.
Of course, the schools could always keep the visiting adults in one area, say the cafeteria or auditorium or gym, where they could watch the speech, and then school officials could make sure they leave the building. That would reduce any security risks.
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Just who's working for whom here?
Whose taxes are paying for whose wages and whose kids does this petty little demagogue think that he's controlling here?
And here's another clueless public school representative who probably can't figure out why homeschooling is on the increase.
The only situations I am aware of when a school can deny a parent or guardian access to a child is when there is a lawful reason such as a restraining order, or parental custody issue involved, or the person simply is not a relative with sufficient reason to be in contact with the child.
Exactly why would any parent be prohibited from seeing any guest speaker the school is using the parent's money to speak to the parent's children to hire?
You know what would freeze over before I'd agree to that.
I figured all districts require parents to check in, and give them a visitors pass. Many have staff at the front door to prevent outsiders from sneaking in. Maybe not in their case...
I agree! This is not acceptable. What’ll they do if a parent shows up? Call the cops? Have them arrested?
I know I would be livid if this was going on in my school district.
No one would keep me out either. Our middle school use to demand parents call ahead of time so they knew to expect us. Ha! I never did.
My youngest daughter is now a senior in high school and is going to the public school, as her brother and sister did for their senior years, to pick up some AP courses.
I asked her if she heard whether or not they’d be watching obama’s speech Tues. and she asked, *What speech?*.
I haven’t heard anything in our community about it. Even though it is geared for younger grades, there are no secrets around here, so I’m sure she would have heard about it if it was being shown. I’ll have to keep my ears open.
Our town is pretty small. Everyone knows everyone else and if some stranger tried to get into the school (you have to buzz in), they’d know it. They recognize everyone on their security cameras.
FWIW, they didn’t want to put one it because there’s really no need for it, but were forced to by state mandate.
Judging from his resume, I’d suspect he is one of those guys whose educational background overrides common sense. (Educators know what’s best for our kids) I assumed montana’s schools would be ran with a conservative slant.
Our children are all grown up and out on their own, so we rely on our younger neighbors to keep us up to date.
They tell us the local schools here are focused on returning student orientation and aren’t planning any live viewing of the speech.
Wake the eff up, America! The communists are here.
I think the buzzer is a great idea... For a lot of reasons.
Bozeman is a university town.
For those who missed it, Obama violated protocol by going directly to the school principals. This bypasses at least two levels of elected of local elected government, the State School Superintendents and School Boards. We are truly under a totalitarian regime.
That’ll do it! Same as Flagstaff, Arizona.
I agree! This is not acceptable. Whatll they do if a parent shows up? Call the cops? Have them arrested?
Look what happened to David Parker.
The Demos win the urban centers (minorities), the capital cities (government workers) and the university towns (academics). And virtually nothing else.
That and the morons moving from the east coast!
It’s just a few towns out here.
Produced by Teaching Ambassador Fellows, U.S. Department of Education
September 8, 2009
Before the Speech
Teachers can build background knowledge about the President
of the United States and his speech by reading books about
presidents and Barack Obama. Teachers could motivate
students by asking the following questions:
Who is the President of the United States?
What do you think it takes to be president?
To whom do you think the president is going to be speaking?
Why do you think he wants to speak to you?
What do you think he will say to you?
Teachers can ask students to imagine that they are
delivering a speech to all of the students in the United
If you were the president, what would you tell students?
What can students do to help in our schools?
Teachers can chart ideas about what students would say.
Why is it important that we listen to the president and
other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members
of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?
During the Speech
As the president speaks, teachers can ask students to write
down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally
meaningful. Students could use a note‐taking graphic
organizer such as a cluster web; or, students could
record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children
could draw pictures and write as appropriate. As students
listen to the speech, they could think about the
What is the president trying to tell me?
What is the president asking me to do?
What new ideas and actions is the president challenging me
to think about?
Students could record important parts of the speech where
the president is asking them to do something. Students
might think about the following:
What specific job is he asking me to do?
Is he asking anything of anyone else?
Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?
Students could record questions they have while he is
speaking and then discuss them after the speech. Younger
children may need to dictate their questions.
Menu of Classroom Activities
President Obamas Address to Students Across America 2
After the Speech
Teachers could ask students to share the ideas they
recorded, exchange sticky notes, or place notes on a
butcher‐paper poster in the classroom to discuss main
ideas from the speech, such as citizenship, personal
responsibility, and civic duty.
Students could discuss their responses to the following
What do you think the president wants us to do?
Does the speech make you want to do anything?
Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?
What would you like to tell the president?
Extension of the Speech
Teachers could extend learning by having students:
Create posters of their goals. Posters could be formatted
in quadrants, puzzle pieces, or trails marked with the
following labels: personal, academic, community, and
country. Each area could be labeled with three steps for
achieving goals in that area. It might make sense to focus
first on personal and academic goals so that community and
country goals can be more readily creaed.
Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve
their short‐term and long‐term education
goals. Teachers would collect and redistribute these
letters at an appropriate later date to enable students to
monitor their progres.
Write goals on colored index cards or precut designs to
post around the classroom.
Interview one another and share goals with the class to
create a supportive community.
Participate in school‐wide incentive programs or
contests for those students who achieve their goals.
Write about their goals in a variety of genres, such as
poems, songs, and personal essays.
Create artistic projects based on the themes of their
Graph individual progress toward goals.
All you Freepers - Write to Kirk Miller. Here’s his email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I had to google his name, and now I remember the story..what was the outcome? I see that he indeed was arrested. Was he ever allowed back on the property?
My kids have a standing rule that they must tell me as soon as possible if they are told not to tell their parents about anything. We also have a standing rule that if there is a school activity where parents are banned, my kids will not attend. This school's policy is creepy, and my family would not comply.
my kids would be sick....F’em
Was he ever allowed back on the property?
Nope! I believe that he is under a permanent injunction not to enter onto the school property for any reason.
At my kids’ school, a parent may enter the classroom at any time, unannounced.
Are we sure this is barring parents? It could be meant to bar another speaker at an occasion and thus prevent some type of conflict.
Maybe it’s poorly worded lawyer-speak.
Thanks for posting that.....email outgoing!