Kinder hits on what I’ve been writing about the past two days: the usurping of the educational hierarchy:
JEFFERSON CITY – Lt. Governor Peter Kinder today released the following statement on President Obama’s planned televised address and curricula for elementary school students next week:
“Since taking office in January, President Obama’s administration has take steps never before seen by any presidency in the realm of government intervention.
“Over the course of the past nine months, we have seen the government take over automobile manufacturers, financial institutions, they have hired and fired corporate executives and are now attempting to take over control of our privately run healthcare system.
“Now, we learn that the President will make a televised speech to elementary school students all across the country. And while elected officials often make classroom visits, this may be the first time that the White House has distributed curricula directly to the teachers to accompany the president’s speech.
“While I have the utmost respect for the office of the president, and for this president, this public relations tactic has gone too far. The distribution of teaching curricula from the White House to the classroom clearly usurps the authority of our local school boards and school administrators.
“We have seen the federal government intervene into our lives in ways that many of us thought we would never see. This is a clear infringement on the rights of our students and those of Missouri parents.
“I believe that if parents choose to keep their children at home during this presentation, they should be able to do so without any consequences being imposed upon their children. And if local school districts across Missouri choose not to make this speech mandatory for students, they should not face any penalties for the state or federal government. Parents who are concerned by the president’s school programming should contact their local school administrators to make their voices heard.
“It is important to vindicate parental rights, as parents are primarily responsible for their children’s education.” [my emphasis]
What’s crazy is that there was concern initially because in some states, Tennessee being one of them, it’s illegal to tell other parents to have their kids skip school. It’s not illegal to present a partisan educational mandate, but illegal for someone to tell someone else that they should take their kid out of school to miss partisan mandate. Is it just me, or does that hit in civil rights territory?
This is why the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition is trying to educate parents with “Hall Pass on That.” Watch the site; the tech nerds (said lovingly) are adding things to it. Personally, I feel that you should be able to say whatever you dang well please and the rest can stuff it, but that’s just the American in me speaking.