Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Obama.

With the scheduled piped-in address by President Obama to school children around the nation next week, we step over a line that I don’t believe has been crossed in this country, ever.  That is, of having a sitting president deliver a message directly to school children, on a forced basis, accompanied by a White House provided curricula, designed to augment whatever message Obama intends to supply.

While this approach by a U.S. President is best described as untested, it is  not without precedent.  The heads of state of the former Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea (the Dear Leader), and Venezuela have all spoken to the school children of their nations.  One can only conclude that the rationale for such an approach is to communicate an age appropriate message, that leans favorably in support of that leader’s policies.  Is there ANY reason to believe that Obama would approach this with a different motive?  The short answer for those pondering the question is “NO.”  And naturally, this will be pulled off without parental consent or the ability to provide an informed response in reaction to it.  It seems to me that this is a form of indoctrination cloaked in the trappings of providing encouragement, or inspiration.  Irrespective of a parent’s political leanings, this cannot be viewed as a good thing.

And for those who believe it is not possible to indoctrinate children, watch this.  (In answer to the question in the title of the video…..CREEPY!)


7 Responses to Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Obama.

  1. Ben Hoffman says:

    That argument might not be so ridiculous had George H.W. Bush and Reagan not done the same thing. And Reagan promoted his tax policies to the children!

    Also, it’s spelled arithmetic — not arithmatic.

  2. Chuck says:

    Ben, thanks for the catch on the misspelling. I am a product of government schools.

    With respect to your claims that previous presidents have done the same thing, I suppose you have access to the Bush and Reagan documents that parallel Obama’s add-on curriculum for the students who watch him?

  3. Brandon says:

    Still creepy…even if what Ben says is true.

    Uber creepy.

    I just think it’s funny that they still think the word “change” is all people need to hear. I’m far more concerned with the “how” of that change. Change does not equal good.

    Also, I think this is just another log on the fire of Obama-Messianism. Even creepier.

  4. Chuck says:

    Exactly right Brandon.

    With respect to what Ben said, he is right that former presidents have “talked” to school children. It is usually some highly scripted media event when they go to a school and read to the kids or some such activity with the ulterior motive of promoting some sort of education initiative that will cost their parents more tax money. What is unique about Obama’s plan for next week is the national televised scope and the addition of a curriculum that has been provided by the White House, to schools as a follow-up to the message Obama will be presenting.

  5. Leigh says:

    Good catch on the misspelling, Ben. You’re good.

    How do you spell socialism? OBAMA, me thinks.

    Change sure sounds good until you find out the details of Obama’s change. Obama-style change = an unrecognizable United States of America.

    • Ben Hoffman says:

      If you get the “details” from Glenn Beck, you haven’t a clue what’s really in the bill.

      While the health insurance reform does have socialistic characteristics, so do Medicare, our police, fire, and sanitation departments, our schools, highways, and most civic programs.

      Our country is a hybrid capitalist/socialist system. And it’s worked pretty well for us.

      • Chuck says:

        Ben, stay on task. This article and the comments thereto (up until yours) had nothing to do with the health care debate. The conversation was about Barry Obama’s planned interaction with school children.

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