In a recent interview with student reporter, Damon Weaver, President Obama announced that on September 8 -- the first day of school for many children across America -- he will deliver a national address directly to students on the importance of education. 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.
The rest is even more generic...stuff about how educaiton is the foundation of our economy, blah, blah, blah. You can read the rest here.
The head of the Florida GOP, from our own county of Seminole no less, was OUTRAGED that this president would dare talk to kids:
As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama's socialist ideology. The idea that school children across our nation will be forced to watch the President justify his plans for government-run health care, banks, and automobile companies, increasing taxes on those who create jobs, and racking up more debt than any other President, is not only infuriating, but goes against beliefs of the majority of Americans, while bypassing American parents through an invasive abuse of power.
While I support educating our children to respect both the office of the American President and the value of community service, I do not support using our children as tools to spread liberal propaganda. The address scheduled for September 8, 2009, does not allow for healthy debate on the President's agenda, but rather obligates the youngest children in our public school system to agree with our President's initiatives or be ostracized by their teachers and classmates.
What a dumbass. Obama talking about the importance of education is liberal propoganda?
Of course, Jim Greer never complained when President W. blatantly used kids to actually push conservative propoganda. In a crowd of school children, W gave an address during an education ceremony where he injected this nugget:
I also believe that part of the reason why New York City did well is because of the No Child Left Behind Act, which raises standards, insists upon accountability in the schools all across our country. The No Child Left Behind Act is working. I say that because the Nation's Report Card says it's working. Scores are improving, in some instances hitting all-time highs. Children across America are learning. The achievement gap that has long punished underprivileged students is beginning to close. And I'm going to spend a little time talking about that today.
By the way, W was wrong. No Child Left Behind is a disaster.
But at least that was somewhat linked to education. Conservative icon Ronald Reagan gave a lenghty speech to four area middle schools and mentioned nothing about working hard and staying in school. His purpose was to push his infamous radical tax cuts for the wealthy.
Can you get any more indoctrinating than that?
But it’s okay if kids are force-fed debunked radical right-wing propoganda. The outrage from the Florida GOp is if THIS president wants to give a motivating speech about staying in school.
Since election night 2000, the Florida GOP has not stopped embarrassing our state. I guess Jim can be expected to keep the timbers burning.