And all you right-wing extremists were worried about the president’s address to schoolchildren early this month, and about the accompanying worksheets which asked students to “write letters to themselves about how what they can do to help the president.” Gosh, you people were obviously over-reacting.
Sure thing. This video, linked to late yesterday evening on the Drudge Report, was apparently shot in a school in South Jersey. How lovely.
It’s 12:30 a.m. and I’ve got a ton of work to do still for school today before I can even go to bed. Still, I want to reiterate something I said yesterday and something I’ve been saying for a while now: this is a marathon, not a sprint.
If my child were in that school, she’d be home TOMORROW and would not return until the school district answered some questions. If at all. Given what we’ve seen in the past few days, I think it’s about time that we start getting even more involved and aware of what our kids are doing and learning in school. Arrange to sit in for a period or two. Obviously, be respectful, but don’t be afraid to get a little political with teachers on parent-teacher night. Ask what kinds of civics lessons they’re learning. Look through their history books. Join the PTA, and make sure that other parents who think as you do join as well.
And when something like this occurs, demand answers from the school board. Go to the local media. Go to the local papers. Come to me. It’s time for educators to be held responsible, and it’s time for parents to become responsible for deprogramming our children when they return home every day.
It’s easy to stand up and point at a video like this one and yell at your computer screen. It’s not so easy to step out of your comfort zone, risk some anger from the carpooling group or the other parents on the soccer team, and stand up for the future of not only your child, but everyone else’s as well.