Thursday, September 03, 2009

President Obama's Address to Schoolchildren

President Obama's planned address to schoolchildren is getting quite a bit of coverage today, which is probably good for Democrats, since it takes the focus off their failed Obamacare plans.

But that doesn't mean this is good for Americans. For the record, I don't have a problem with the POTUS giving a televised speech to schoolchildren on the importance of getting a good education. But I do have a problem with the curriculum that is meant to accompany the speech.

Obama will challenge American students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their educational success, according to a letter sent last week to school principals by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

"He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens," Duncan wrote.

The letter encourages teachers to use the speech as a classroom tool, asking students to discuss such things as "Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?" and "What is President Obama inspiring you to do?"

Michelle Malkin posts on alternatives to Obama's speech.