So I am sure by now, just about everyone has heard that President Obama is going to address the public schools on September 8. And not only is he going to speak to all children that attend the school system, but teachers should also follow certain guidelines to make the most of the unprecedented event.
To be sure there has been much debate over whether or not the event is a form of indoctrination, and to a certain degree I fear it may be. As a former public school teacher, I understand the pliability of the young learner’s mind. But I must be quick to point out that I am someone who utterly disagrees with our president on just about every policy he wants to inflict on our country be it health care reform, his multitude of czars, cap and trade, and everything in between. Because of the vehement disagreements I hold with Obama over the direction of our great country, the last thing I want is him addressing our young, impressionable children. And I cannot blame parents for allowing their children to skip school that day.
But what if our current president was Ronald Reagan? And what if Reagan wanted to address all the public schools? Would I be so quick to criticise Reagan for what he might say? Would I be so quick to jump up and scream “indoctrination” if it were a president I loved, admired, and trusted? This situation is certainly a cunundrum, and one in which I am glad I do not have to partake.