On September 8th at noon time, President Obama will reach into classrooms across the nation to say whatever he wants, however he wants, to all the impressionable minds that can hear him.
As Michelle Malkin points out, when reading through the post-address information, it is impossible to miss the activist implications.
It is not the Presidents place or responsibility to shape what type or for whom community service or out-reach should be done from our family to others. As a parent I will handle that, thanks. In fact, it is not the responsibility of the President to ask children to do anything.
• As the President speaks, teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful. Students could use a note-taking graphic organizer such as a Cluster Web, or students could record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children can draw pictures and write as appropriate. As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following:
What is the President trying to tell me?
What is the President asking me to do?
What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me
to think about?
• Students can record important parts of the speech where the
President is asking them to do something. Students might think about: What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?
• Students can record any questions they have while he is speaking and then discuss them after the speech. Younger children may need to dictate their questions.
After the Speech:
•Teachers could ask students to share the ideas they recorded, exchange sticky notes or stick notes on a butcher paper poster in the classroom to discuss main ideas from the speech, i.e. citizenship, personal responsibility, civic duty.
•Students could discuss their responses to the following questions:
What do you think the President wants us to do?
Does the speech make you want to do anything?
Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?
And people wonder why folks occasionally throw out words like "Fascist" "Communist" and "Socialist"; dude-when you go over the parents heads, to tell the kids whatever you want and then have it reinforced by your minion teachers, people get a little nervous. Didn't Hitler ask kids to turn on their parents if the parents weren't doing just right? Just wondering.....
Ya know what else I wonder? What if Bush had wanted to talk to the kids?