So it’s not that important that the President thinks kids should stay in school?

So it’s not that important that the President thinks kids should stay in school?

I just received this message regarding the President’s Tuesday speech to students, forwarded on to me through an education email list:

PGCPS Position on Viewing of President’s National Address:

PGCPS Position on Viewing President’s National Address
Social Studies and Local-State-and-National Government Classes to be given access to speech through internet and cable.
PGCPS Meets AYP
2009-09-04

The Prince George’s County Board of Education and Prince George’s County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. today announced that Internet and cable access to President Barack Obama’s upcoming national address will be given to its Social Studies and Local-State-and-National Government classes. Principals and teachers will ultimately have the latitude regarding viewing the address throughout the day.

On Tuesday, September 8th at 12 noon EDT, President Obama will be speaking directly to America’s students on the importance of taking responsibility for their success in school.

“As President Obama has set aside time to speak specifically to students across the country on academic success, we wanted to give our principals and teachers access to his message,” said Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., Prince George’s County Board of Education Chair. “However, as with most other decisions in running individual schools and classrooms, it is equally important that we continue to give our staff complete discretion with this opportunity.”

Parents have the opportunity to opt out of having their child(ren) view the President’s national address, which is slated to last ten minutes. Parents who would NOT like their child to view this address are asked to send a note with their child on Tuesday, September 8, stating this. Other educational supervised activities will be provided to students not permitted to view the address.

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Bonita Coleman-Potter will watch the speech with students from a 10th Grade Local-State-and-National Government class at Frederick Douglass High School, 8000 Croom Road, Upper Marlboro, MD.

According to a press release from The White House, “The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.”

To learn more on this topic, click on the following:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/mediaresources/ [Dead link]

I haven’t been able to put my finger on just why the fuss is bothering me so much. I certainly don’t remember there being so much as a peep in the negative about President Bush when he did the same thing in 1991, or First Lady Laura Bush addressing classrooms of students, so why, now, is this such a big, huge, hairy deal?

For pity’s sake!

I should think that any parent would want to know whether his or her child’s teacher chose not to watch the speech, for all sorts of reasons. You then have to wonder if this same teacher feels it’s appropriate to self-censor history or science books, in case, you know, the books don’t match the teacher’s own views.

According to this (President Barack Obama Makes Historic Speech to America’s Students) the Obama administration is providing the text of the speech in advance, so fears have a shot at being allayed.

If we require all our children to say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning but treat a message from the President of our country with this sort of disregard, what message are we really sending to our children? Is the flag more important than the leader of the country?

BTW: The ongoing “birth” debate is getting on my very last nerve. You’re American if you’re born on American soil. It doesn’t matter where your parents were born or what their citizenship status is. Obama is a native Hawaiian. Unless we’ve suddenly taken statehood away from the state*, that makes him American. Birth Certificates are applied for after birth. Place of birth is a prominent feature on any certificate in the US at least, and assuming the Kenyan cert has Hawaii, well, there ya go.

*Not that there aren’t native Hawaiians out there who would be more than happy to see the US get the hell out, but that’s not likely to happen, and it’s irrelevant to the subject above…

Sheesh, people!

Inauguration!!!

Inauguration!!!

[eta: Started at 11:35am…]

Going to update this entry as things happen, to save your Friends page. Just click refresh every once in a while!

1. I forgot to buy a paper. Anyone willing to share? I’ll pay, of course!

2. I also need a copy of the concert from Sunday. Will take from any given source. YouTube isn’t one of them.

3. “Hey, hey, Bye Bye!” is just cold. Not saying it ain’t deserved, but still…

4. I can’t stop smiling. Can’t say when I felt like that last.

5. I was afraid when I heard the start of the invocation, but it was well thought out and far more inclusive than I was afraid would be the case.

6. Aretha Franklin ROCKS. And the hat is freaking AWESOME!

7. Just got chills from listening to the musicians playing after Biden’s swearing in. We’re halfway there…

8. The musical blending… amazing. Yo Yo Ma was a joy to watch.

But here’s the thing. In the end he was human and fluffed his line, and he STILL managed to kick Bush’s ass up one street and down the next.

I thought Bush was going to cough up a hairball when he described the importance of the Constitution.

And to all the things I have heard so far today I can say Amen and mean it.

The crowd is immense. And I have lived to see this day.

It isn’t all fixed, but we’re on the way now.

9. At 12:56pm, EST, we pruned our American garden by one Bush. And the crowd broke out in “Hey, hey, Bye Bye!” again. [eta: This was just the helicopter flying him to Andrews. The plane actually took off at 2:01pm or thereabouts. I had it in my head to post but I had pizza in my hands at the time.]

They’re on the way to lunch sign the first official documents right now and we can all breathe a little easier.

10. The signing of the official documents strikes me as awfully similar to an orthodox wedding.

11. Wiki and Google have both failed me. I can’t find actual information about the John Williams composition, and the speech isn’t online yet.

Lunch is here. Time for a break. Back after pizza…

12. “Today would be a good day to commit a crime…anywhere else…” sayeth a friend in response to my observation that there’s a cop every two feet down the parade route on both sides of the street. Sheesh!

13. Pat Robertson likes him. Hey, Mikey!

14. The end of the nukular era, for now. Just realized! (And I’m not alone. Same friend just showed me something similar mere moments ago.)

15. Senator Kennedy removed by stretcher from the luncheon. I have a bad feeling about this… (2:43pm) It would REALLY suck if something bad happened today in the midst of this event.

16. I really REALLY want to see DF in the parade but I need to leave here soon and the parade hasn’t started yet.

17. Oh. AND Senator Byrd. This doesn’t look good for either one of them.

I need to leave now, and will sign off until I get to a location where I can watch the parade. Hoping to catch all of it, but it’s all in the timing. Hoping I don’t hear bad things on the radio before I get home…

See you soon!

Retrieval achieved, our new connection is less lovely that we had at JP’s but I’m in my own place now and I’ve finally finished backing up my laptop so I can do one really big thing while I’m sitting here watching the show, and then get other stuff done.

Parade’s just getting to the review stand. Glad I didn’t wait.

(You’ll notice I’ve picked up with a new post. Decided two couldn’t kill folks.)

More after the computer finishes updating…

01/20/2009: Inauguration!!!

01/20/2009: Inauguration!!!

[eta: Started at 11:35am…]

Going to update this entry as things happen, to save your Friends page. Just click refresh every once in a while!

1. I forgot to buy a paper. Anyone willing to share? I’ll pay, of course!

2. I also need a copy of the concert from Sunday. Will take from any given source. YouTube isn’t one of them.

3. “Hey, hey, Bye Bye!” is just cold. Not saying it ain’t deserved, but still…

4. I can’t stop smiling. Can’t say when I felt like that last.

5. I was afraid when I heard the start of the invocation, but it was well thought out and far more inclusive than I was afraid would be the case.

6. Aretha Franklin ROCKS. And the hat is freaking AWESOME!

7. Just got chills from listening to the musicians playing after Biden’s swearing in. We’re halfway there…

8. The musical blending… amazing. Yo Yo Ma was a joy to watch.

But here’s the thing. In the end he was human and fluffed his line, and he STILL managed to kick Bush’s ass up one street and down the next.

I thought Bush was going to cough up a hairball when he described the importance of the Constitution.

And to all the things I have heard so far today I can say Amen and mean it.

The crowd is immense. And I have lived to see this day.

It isn’t all fixed, but we’re on the way now.

9. At 12:56pm, EST, we pruned our American garden by one Bush. And the crowd broke out in “Hey, hey, Bye Bye!” again. [eta: This was just the helicopter flying him to Andrews. The plane actually took off at 2:01pm or thereabouts. I had it in my head to post but I had pizza in my hands at the time.]

They’re on the way to lunch sign the first official documents right now and we can all breathe a little easier.

10. The signing of the official documents strikes me as awfully similar to an orthodox wedding.

11. Wiki and Google have both failed me. I can’t find actual information about the John Williams composition, and the speech isn’t online yet.

Lunch is here. Time for a break. Back after pizza…

12. “Today would be a good day to commit a crime…anywhere else…” sayeth BS. In response to my observation that there’s a cop every two feet down the parade route on both sides of the street. Sheesh!

13. Pat Robertson likes him. Hey, Mikey!

14. The end of the nukular era, for now. Just realized! (and I’m not alone. BS just showed me something similar mere moments ago.

15. Senator Kennedy removed by stretcher from the luncheon. I have a bad feeling about this… (2:43pm) It would REALLY suck if something bad happened today in the midst of this event.

16. I really REALLY want to see DF in the parade but I need to leave here soon and the parade hasn’t started yet.

17. Oh. AND Senator Byrd. This doesn’t look good for either one of them.

I need to leave now, and will sign off until I get to a location where I can watch the parade. Hoping to catch all of it, but it’s all in the timing. Hoping I don’t hear bad things on the radio before I get home…

See you soon!


And we’re back…

Retrieval achieved, our new connection is less lovely than we had at JP’s but I’m in my own place now and I’ve finally finished backing up my laptop so I can do one really big thing while I’m sitting here watching the show, and then get other stuff done.

Parade’s just getting to the review stand. Glad I didn’t wait.

(You’ll notice I’ve picked up with a new post. Decided two couldn’t kill folks.)

More after the computer finishes updating…

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