‘What is The President Asking Me to Do?’

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Obama goes back to school

On September 8, in what the Department of Education is touting as a “historic” speech, President Obama will be talking directly to students across the U.S., live on the White House website. But some parents and conservatives are blasting the president, calling the speech an excuse to brainwash American children.

Last month, in an interview with 11-year-old student reporter Damon Weaver, the president announced his big back-to-school plan:

“I’m going to be making a big speech to young people all across the country about the importance of education; about the importance of staying in school; how we want to improve our education system and why it’s so important for the country. So I hope everybody tunes in.”

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter to the nation’s principals, inviting schools to watch the speech and included suggested classroom activities. But Jim Greer, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, came out swinging against the planned speech. An excerpt from his statement:

“The address scheduled for September 8, 2009, does not allow for healthy debate on the President’s agenda, but rather obligates the youngest children in our public school system to agree with our President’s initiatives or be ostracized by their teachers and classmates.” Full Story

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Here is a sampling of the questions from the Menu of Classroom Activities

Menu of Classroom Activities
President Obama’s Address to Students Across America (PreK‐6)

*Why do you think he wants to speak to you?

*What do you think he will say to you?

*Why is it important that we listen to the president and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?

*What is the president trying to tell me?

*What is the president asking me to do?

*Does the speech make you want to do anything?

*Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?

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