Thursday, September 03, 2009

Don't Mess With Texas ::: Obama's planned address to students creates stir in D-FW schools

Some great quotes in this one. God bless Texas.

Some administrators say they are reluctant to interrupt daily lesson plans and won’t show the address live, opting instead to provide an online link to the speech. Others will allow campuses to access the speech during the broadcast but will also record it for teachers to show later.

Those opposing the speech say students should not be forced to listen to a presidential message.

"We’re hearing from parents and grandparents that are not very happy. They really feel like it is political indoctrination," said Stephanie Klick, Tarrant County Republican Party chairwoman. "People don’t like this. I have heard from some families that are planning to keep their kids home."

Parent Steve Atwell said he believes the speech is an attempt at propaganda. He urged Keller trustees in a letter to cancel plans to show the speech or give equal time to "someone of an opposite moral and political viewpoint."

"Many of my neighbors and friends believe that current district policy may be pro-leftist," Atwell wrote.

"This preferential treatment for Obama does not reflect the values of the vast majority of KISD parents or taxpayers. Most, I believe, would prefer that Obama stay away from their children.  . . .  I strongly resent using my tax dollars to indoctrinate my children in the alleged virtues of statist political philosophy."

Tarrant County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Maxwell defended the president’s attempt to underscore the need for American children to succeed in school.

"I have tremendous disappointment that any parent would not let their children listen to a pro-education message, a message about how important it is to stay in school and get that degree," Maxwell said.


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