Friday, September 4, 2009

President to *gasp* encourage learning

For those who haven't heard, President Obama plans at 9 a.m. Tuesday to address students in schools across the nation and encourage kids to further their education.

This has prompted plenty of folks to worry that their children will be insidiously indoctrinated by the country's leader. (I guess having an education is the equivalent of being a communist-facist-traitor to some folks, which kind of explains how these guys have an audience.)

The speech will be shown in many -- not all -- Tracy Unified School District classrooms. And as a nod to the several parents who have called in concerned that their child might be inspired by the leader of the free world, no students will be compelled to watch the speech. School district officials assured me Friday that there will be alternative options made available.

I, for one, am not worried about a political message being sent through the speech. First off, it would be an ethically suspect thing to do, and I expect better of the president. Second, it strikes me as an extremely politically unwise thing to do -- can you imagine the backlash if the president used school time to plug his pet programs (even though that didn't stop President Ronald Reagan from doing it in his school address 1988)?

Stay tuned. Second Thoughts will be reporting live from a Tracy classroom as the speech unfolds Tuesday.

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