“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” –John Adams
Tuesday, Sept. 8, is the first day of classes in many schools across the Fruited Plain — and Barack Hussein Obama will use his presidential bully pulpit to interrupt the very start of classroom studies with an unprecedented nationwide speech to students, from pre-school to K-12. Schools technically have the option to show the broadcast from the White House Web site or on C-SPAN, but then again, the ratio of Democrats to Republicans in public education is at least 3-to-1, making forced viewing more likely.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrote in a letter to school principals, “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 truly troubling part of this episode of “Everybody Loves Barack” is that the Department of Education posted “helpful” lesson plans to be used before, during and after Obama’s speech.
One idea included in the initial lesson plan was for students to “write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.” Uproar ensued, however, and that was changed. Now students can “write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals.” Slightly altered, but students are still encouraged to discuss what “the president wants us to do.”
We have a different take for teachers. Back in October, when charged that he was a socialist, Obama explained what he meant by “shared responsibility,” saying, “I don’t know what’s next. By the end of the week [John McCain will] be accusing me of being a secret communist because … I shared, I, I, I, I shared my, uhh… I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.” Of course, Obama wasn’t and isn’t proposing to share his sandwich. Instead, he promises to confiscate your sandwich and give it to someone else whom he deems more worthy.
At the same time, Obama said of McCain’s opposition to tax hikes, “You know I, I, I don’t know when, when, uh, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.” This from the guy who, between 2000 and 2006, gave a whopping two percent of his income for charitable purposes.
So, if teachers break down Obama’s real philosophy, they will have plenty of fodder for truthful discussions of his nefarious plots against all things American, without his propaganda drivel. Then again, on “Obama Cult of Personality Day,” responsible parents may opt out of this “teachable moment” and just call their kids in sick.