By Jeff Schreiber & Rick Saunders
The real danger of Barack Obama’s speech to schoolchildren on September 8 did not lie in the speech itself, but rather in how the speech is received and how the agenda manifests itself in the classroom thanks to ideological teachers. With questions like “[w]hat is the president asking me to do?” and “[w]hat new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?” and suggestions like “[have students] [w]rite letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president” it was extremely clear that the White House was less concerned with education and more concerned with indoctrination.
Now, however, it seems as though the Obama’s administration’s tendency to simply whitewash previously made statements now proving inconvenient is once again showing through, as the student worksheet accompanying the presidential speech has apparently been revised.
Here’s the old one (click to enlarge):
In the old version, perhaps the most daunting feature was the mechanism identifying how those letters from students–the ones in which they spelled out their goals to help the president–should be “collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.” Holding students accountable to everyday goals may be just fine, but goals with regard to how they can help Barack Obama further his agenda crosses the line. If a student needs assistance in identifying such an “approved” goal, might the teacher be enlisted to “help?”
If, for example, a goal of “helping the president” would be to sell $50 worth of lemonade for his campaign chest, and the student sold only $20 worth, would the need for accountability require that they be sent to a Kinder-gulag or junior marketing improvement seminar? Other suggestions in the old version of the directive included the posting of these “goals” around the classroom, graphing student “progress” toward the “goals,” and composing poems, songs or personal essays on the “goals.” Joseph Goebbels would have been ecstatic. And we’re pretty sure Van Jones would have been fairly pleased as well.
Gone may be the directives requiring students to set “goals” for helping the president and be held accountable to them, but there is still no reference in the slightest to the nation as a whole, and the danger has still not subsided. While the superficial traces of the White House’s hope to inculcate young students in the so-called “benefits” of “helping the president” instead of helping the nation may be better hidden, the section on “Extension of the Speech” still leaves students vulnerable to their teacher’s ideals, even more so than in normal everyday classwork.
Many Americans grew up watching presidential speeches in our Social Studies and History classes. But most of those Americans did not grow up with this president. This man has one talent–community organizing–and he’s not afraid to use it to herd your children like an overzealous border collie. America’s Right suggests that you keep your children home on September 8, regardless of what further changes are made to the directive accompanying the speech, and that you seriously consider keeping them home for good (through homeschooling, of course).
There are many good teachers out there, but there are many more who use their position at the Big Desk as a pulpit of sorts, a way to perpetuate the liberal agenda instilled so deeply inside them. When right-thinking Americans are once again able to obtain power in Washington, D.C., the time will come to foster a free-market approach to education, an approach that would bring the right kind of people into our schools in front of the blackboards, teachers concerned with teaching things like Mathematics, Writing, and History — the latter without an ideological tilt.
Until then, parents, be wary.
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008. Jeff Schreiber established the Web site in January 2008.