Obama’s Address to Schoolchildren

Tomorrow, President Obama will address America’s schoolchildren. Conservatives fear that he will indoctrinate them with his socialist agenda, while supporters of the President maintain that he just wants to encourage them to do well in school.

I have no objection to the President giving America’s schoolchildren a motivational speech. I doubt he’ll say anything that will poison their minds. As someone said last Sunday on ABC’s This Week, the kids who won’t see it because their parents are keeping them at home can easily watch it on You-Tube. Actually, he said they’ll want to see it, since their parents are forbidding them to do so!

I have problems, however, with teachers leading kids in a discussion about how they can support the President, or making them write essays or letters. Even George Stephanopoulos said that the White House opened itself up to criticism through this White House curriculum. Students should not have to write about how they support the President because not all of them do support him! That’s like those liberal teachers who made their students write letters to Congress against the Iraq War. And, yes, I’d have problems forcing students to support conservatism as well.

I’m not sure if the White House is going forward with this curriculum, since news changes by the minute. If you want to tell me the latest, fine. But I’m not going to get into a debate here. I just wanted to express my opinion.

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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3 Responses to Obama’s Address to Schoolchildren

  1. hippieprof says:

    Laura Bush has recently come out in favor of Obama’s speaking to the schoolchildren. This really seems like people are making mountains out of molehills – or else looking for political gains by making a good thing (a talk about working hard and staying in school) into something nefarious.


    Really, if we can’t trust the President to talk to our kids we are sinking very very low (and I am not suggesting that problem lies with the President).

    — hippieprof


  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Thanks for your comments, Hippieprof. I like the fact that on your blog you decried the Left’s ad hominem attacks on Bush as well. I too dislike attacking people’s motives, yet, at the same time, I think criticism is a fundamental part of America’s democracy. How can our country get to the point where we can do so respectfully? I wonder this.


  3. tomdegan says:


    Just sit back and relax, folks. Barack Obama is only performing a routine presidential duty that has been performed by presidents for generations. There’s nothing to be afraid of. He’s not trying to turn your babies into mini Marxists. This isn’t the Trotsky For Toddlers program. The president of the United States merely wants to have a heart to heart talk with the children of America about the importance of a good education, that’s all. I promise you, we Progressives do not believe in evil, subliminal messages. Chill out!


    Just kidding.


    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY


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