The Quincy [Illinois] Public School District is considering whether to allow students to participate in an Internet address from President Barack Obama scheduled for next Tuesday.
“The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning,” according to the letter. “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.”
That seems weird to me. Do you ever remember a time when a president just nonchalantly addressed the entire nation’s students at once when it wasn’t over a tragedy (the Challenger) or a serious issue plaguing kids (drugs)? The only reason that President reagan even spoke to kids about the challenger is because many of them (like me) SAW IT BLOW UP ON SCREEN. At school. Where we all were watching it. So yes, different scenario.
Maybe I’m being oversensitive here, which is rare, but this sentence bugs me, considering President’s Singer-esque affiliations.
… 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 …
Global economy. The litmus test of having a good job for consideration of a productive life as an American citizen. This tidbit is a stark contrast to the amnesty issues, it seems to me.
It will be interesting to see how other schools react.