TALK BACK: the president speaks to children

If you've watched the news much this week, you know there has been quite an uproar over the president's planned speech for today. Teachers and administrators were invited to show Obama's address to students, in which he plans to encourage kids to set goals, work hard, and stay in school. You can read the transcript here. Some parents feel it is a good message for kids to hear from our country's leader, while others are outraged and concerned that the president is giving a speech to their children and plan to pull their kids out of school. Will your kids be watching it today?

8 comments:

  1. I liked it! As a former teacher, now SAHM, I think it is exactly what kids need to hear! Actually, it's what teachers and parents say over and over, but maybe it'll sink in a little more coming from the President. Regardless of your political ideas, I think that this is a message that children need to constantly hear. If my child could was school-age, he'd watch. And if I was still in the classroom, I would want to show it.

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  2. I remember interviewing a teacher in Santa Ana while I was getting my degree. I asked her where she saw her kids ending up in the world. She responded "car washers, gas station attendants, factory workers..." I taught in a similar area for five years and I never conveyed that message. I made sure that my students knew that college was available for everyone if they had the desire to go. My parents had $0 in my college fund when I drove into my University. 4 years later I left with a degree and my teaching credential, yes it was a 5 year program! I think it's a great speech that all kids need to hear, especially the one's that can't fathom that they can actually reach for the stars.

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  3. I fully support our president and I hope my daughter will be watching.

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  4. I understood the concern when it seemed to be unfiltered access to my child from someone that I don't really know--how often do you allow that?! But when they posted the message online beforehand, I think most heads-up parents could make a more informed decision. Prior to that I would have asked for it to be taped, and I would have viewed it with them. I am a former teacher also, and my kiddos are too young to be in school currently, but we weren't allowed to show anything over G-rated in our school. There was no independent rating committee for this one, so I'd prefer to be included in it. The posting of the transcript was enough to satisfy that desire in me. :)

    I did hear someone say that parents who had concerns over it should be called "so-called" parents, and may not be fit to raise their children--what heat! It's not worth that kind of ire--good grief!

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  5. I thought the speech was inspiring! As a concerned parent myself, I think it was wise to let parents read ahead. I, however found nothing in the speech unsettling or unhealthy. It was all about taking responsibilty for yourself, listening to your parents and teachers, picking yourself up and trying again when you fail. Having helped in classrooms a lot, I see a lot of hopeless kids out there, they don't seem to care. I hope this speech moves them. And I think the president realizes that kids dropping out of school is more than fancy buildings, its about a loss of character. I hope my kids take this speech to heart as well as all kids. Thank you Mr. Obama, once again I feel you took a very respectful tone. I don't know why so many freak out over everything, sometimes I think there are a lot of crazy people looking to attack anything. I always say to my kids, read first, and think about it for yourself, don't ever buy into the mob mentality. I hope this next generation can be more thinkers than yellers. I think the last decade has worn me out.

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  6. Yes. And not only because I like the message. But because he's The President, and I have enough respect for the office... if it had been W I would have let them hear him speak as well, and I was not a W fan.

    We cannot allow our children to be exposed to only the viewpoints we agree with and call that "education." IMHO.

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  7. When Bush addressed the students during his term there were congressional meetings so this is nothing NEW!

    I am not sure though how he can speak on progressing in your education when EVERY policy he comes up with makes the citizens rely on the government more...it's two ends of the spectrum!

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  8. I just had to comment on what Corey said. I so much value that statement. I think sometimes as parents we can have huge egos! I sometimes have to back step with my parenting. I am a firm believer in teaching our kids through guidance and love, however we have to be careful that we are not trying to indoctrinate them into our way of thinking, instead of allowing them to think for themselves. Its important they are allowed to think for themselves because people that think for themselves make better decisions, and people that look to others all the time for answers, become followers without the necessary skills to think for themselves. What are parents so afraid of. If you guide your children well, and love them unconditionally why wouldn't you want them to listen to all sides and think for themselves. Seems like fear is more behind all the hoopla than actual reality.

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