The post title above was the response of a good friend who lived in China as a missionary for a number of years when I sent him this link to a post from docstoc.com. Read it and weep for our country. It is a "PreK-6 Menu of Classroom Activities: President Obama's Address to Students Across America." There's also a Grades 7-12 version available here.
Both documents contain guided activities and questions to precede accompany and follow a taped address that will be broadcast to children across American on Tuesday, September 8, the first day of school for most children in the country.
At first I thought it was some kind of hoax. Surely in America a president would not take advantage of a captive audience of impressionable children to push his community organizing agenda, regardless of how "benign" it is. The last time I checked, the oath of office did not specify indocrination of young children as one of the duties of the President of the United States of America.
So, I called the office of Rochester School District Superintendent Romain Dallemand's office to find out what was really happening and the degree to which our district was going to participate in this "event." I received confirmation from Sheila that, yes, Obama's address would be available for viewing but that there was not directive from the district that the it be shown. That would strictly be an individual school building's decision.
I made a copy of the "menu" and asked one of the teachers at Washington Elementary, where my kids go to school, if she had heard anything about Tuesday's "presidential" address. She did not but informed me that there is going to be a staff meeting tomorrow and that it may come up then. I had confirmation that it will when I talked to Mr. Scripture, the new principal. He confirmed that he was going to mention it to staff tomorrow and that teachers were free to show it or not. It is going to be broadcast at noon Central Time, when most of the kids will be at either lunch or recess, but it could be streamed later as it becomes available on the Internet.
I informed him that if that is the case, I will pull my children out of school rather than have them exposed to socialist propaganda aided and abetted by their teachers in the form of a thinking guide. Here is a sample of the activities and questions that are supposed to take place during the speech:
• 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? ...
Welcome to AmeriKa! The very idea that elementary school teachers are supposed to follow a pre-ordained guide to direct students in the proper way to understand and apply the Supreme Leader's speech is repulsive to me. If you are so inclined, ask your children's teachers about this and keep them at home if the school is participating in this blatant brainwashing of young minds.
My question is, why is there a script to guide the way kids think and understand Obama's speech, whatever he says? Does this seem creepy and totalitarian to anyone else?
I am currently reading "1984" and have come to realize that it is no longer fiction. Indoctrination and groupthink are here in our schools and directed at our children.