Local School Administrators React to Obama’s Back-to-School Speech

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 5:17 am

barackobamaStudents are back in the classroom for the 2009 -2010 school year.  The first day of the year was marked with a bit of national controversy.  President Barack Obama welcomed students to the classroom with a back-to-school speech.

Some parents argue that the President’s speech is a way to push his political agenda, putting school administrators in a position to determine whether or not to show the speech.  North Branch Superintendent Deb Henton says she put the decision in the hands of individual teachers.

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Henton says there were about 30 letters sent from parents who requested their children not watch the video of the speech.  Pine City schools did not show the video.  Superintendent Darwin Bostic says it was a matter policy and schedule.

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4 Comments

  1. Hmmm?! 09/9/09 at 7:24am

    Seems other schools made it work for the same reasons that Pine City didn’t show it.

  2. Staniszlaw A. Sterkowicz 09/9/09 at 7:29am

    Typical Marxist ploy – Indoctrinate the young. Just like my home country and Russia! America wanted change – believe me we have it!

  3. Regarding Dr. Bostic's Comments 09/9/09 at 6:45pm

    “The climate out there…”
    “We didn’t want to start the year with a controversy…”

    The climate out there was that we needed CHANGE and that resonated in the last election when people turned out in record numbers to elect Barack Obama, a president with a message for our kids. I wish that they could have heard it, in school with their peers.

    Moreover, it wasn’t a controversy when George H.W. Bush did this in his presidency. Why is it now?

  4. RwilsonR81 09/10/09 at 9:56pm

    Actually, Congressoinal Democrats made President George H. W. Bush’s address a controversy by ordering an investigation by the General Accounting Office and questioning the legality of his appearance at a Junior High School in Washinton, D. C. See: www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/When-Bush-spoke-to-students-Democrats-investigated-held-hearings-57694347.html

    I think what got people’s gander up about Obama’s address was his original intent, which reportedly was to give students an assignment to write about how they can help the president. This sounds more like something that Mao Tse Tung or Kim Jong Il would do, rather than the leader of a free society.

    Imagine if in his inaugrial address, JFK had said, “Ask not what your president can do for you, ask what you can do for your president.” Think of the outrage it would have caused.

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