The President of the United States wants to make a speech to school children. It's not the first time this has happened, nor will it probably be the last. He wants to encourage them to work hard and get a good education.
Whether you like the man's policies or politics is not the issue here. This is a highly educated and successful man raising two beautiful children, who wants to see them and all the other children in our country have a chance for a good future.
So what are people so afraid of? That he is going to tell the kids to make their parents approve his health care reform? That he is going to trash family values or tell kids not to obey their parents? That he is going to put subversive thoughts into their heads? That he might just touch even one child's heart and mind and motivate that student to achieve his or her dreams?
I am a teacher in a middle school. My school won't be broadcasting the President's speech. Instead, the speech will be taped and may be shown at a later date so parents can then opt out of their children being exposed to such incendiary rhetoric. I am disgusted.
Please do not bombard me with hate mail over this. I am simply one teacher--and parent--who believes in being an involved citizen and keeping an open mind to what the leader of our country has to say. If we cover our ears and scream loudly while he is speaking it still won't stop the words from being out there. All it will do is make us miss an opportunity to have an intelligent dialogue with our children and help them become the thinking citizens of the future.
What a shame.