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Obama to make unprecedented address to all public school students

Obama to make unprecedented address to all public school students on September 8

The long march continues apace as Great Leader drives us toward the new America with nationalized everything.. .if you have a strong stomach read the word.docs linked below with recommended classroom activities before and after the speech (be warned, if you love the Constitution you will want to barf)

In a recent interview with student reporter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DrP-695ATg-c , Damon Weaver, President Obama announced that on September 8 - the first day of school for many children across America - he will deliver a national address directly to students on the importance of education. The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.

Since taking office, the President has repeatedly focused on education, even as the country faces two wars, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and major challenges on issues like energy and health care. The President believes that education is a critical part of building a new foundation for the American economy. Educated people are more active civically and better informed on issues affecting their lives, their families and their futures.

This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation's school children about persisting and succeeding in school. We encourage you to use this historic moment to help your students get focused and begin the school year strong. I encourage you, your teachers, and students to join me in watching the President deliver this address on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. It will be broadcast live on the White House website http://www.whitehouse.gov/ at 1:00 p.m. eastern standard time.

In advance of this address, we would like to share the following
resources: a menu of classroom activities for students in grades preK-6
http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/lessons/prek-6.doc and for students in grades 7-12 http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/lessons/7-12.doc . These are ideas developed by and for teachers to help engage students and stimulate discussion on the importance of education in their lives. We are also staging a student video contest on education. Details of the video contest will be available on our website
http://www.ed.gov/ in the coming weeks.

On behalf of all Americans, I want to thank our educators who do
society's most important work by preparing our children for work and for
life. No other task is more critical to our economic future and our
social progress. I look forward to working with you in the months and
years ahead to continue improving the quality of public education we
provide all of our children.

The Pre K-6 Word Document
PreK-6 Menu of Classroom Activities: President Obama’s Address to Students Across America
Produced by Teaching Ambassador Fellows, U.S. Department of Education
September 8, 2009

Before the Speech:
Teachers can build background knowledge about the President of the United States and his speech by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama and motivate students by asking the following questions:
Who is the President of the United States?
What do you think it takes to be President?
To whom do you think the President is going to be speaking?
Why do you think he wants to speak to you?
What do you think he will say to you?
Teachers can ask students to imagine being the President delivering a speech to all of the students in the United States. What would you tell students? What can students do to help in our schools? Teachers can chart ideas about what they would say.
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?
During the Speech:
As the President speaks, teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful. Students could use a note-taking graphic organizer such as a Cluster Web, or students could record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children can draw pictures and write as appropriate. As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following:
What is the President trying to tell me?
What is the President asking me to do?
What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?
Students can record important parts of the speech where the President is asking them to do something. Students might think about: What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?
Students can record any questions they have while he is speaking and then discuss them after the speech. Younger children may need to dictate their questions.

After the Speech:
Teachers could ask students to share the ideas they recorded, exchange sticky notes or stick notes on a butcher paper poster in the classroom to discuss main ideas from the speech, i.e. citizenship, personal responsibility, civic duty.
Students could discuss their responses to the following questions:
What do you think the President wants us to do?
Does the speech make you want to do anything?
Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?
What would you like to tell the President?
Teachers could encourage students to participate in the Department of Education’s “I Am What I Learn” video contest.† On September 8th the Department will invite K-12 students to submit a video no longer than 2 min, explaining why education is important and how their education will help them achieve their dreams.††Teachers are welcome to incorporate the same or a similar video project into an assignment. More details will be released via www.ed.gov.

Extension of the Speech: Teachers can extend learning by having students
Create posters of their goals. Posters could be formatted in quadrants or puzzle pieces or trails marked with the labels: personal, academic, community, country. Each area could be labeled with three steps for achieving goals in those areas. It might make sense to focus on personal and academic so community and country goals come more readily.
Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.
Write goals on colored index cards or precut designs to post around the classroom.
Interview and share about their goals with one another to create a supportive community.
Participate in School wide incentive programs or contests for students who achieve their goals.
Write about their goals in a variety of genres, i.e. poems, songs, personal essays.
Create artistic projects based on the themes of their goals.
Graph student progress toward goals.

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The ignorance that I am

The ignorance that I am speaking about is parents actually think that their kids will be "brainwashed" by words of encouragement related to school. Not one person (that I know of) has heard the speech but they are willing to keep their kids out of a whole day of school over a speech that may not be any more than twenty minutes.

AND no, I havent read racists comments on this site. Just because its not in black and white doesn't mean that its not there. Everyone, EVERYONE, has a level of racism and bigotry within. Some people just hide it better than others:-)

I don't need anyone to encourage my

child, I do a great job of that on my own. My advice, you're still at the opening of the rabbit hole, you need to go a little deeper. Listen to Dr. Paul and go to lewrockwell. com, read some of the articles in archives from all of the contributers. For the most part, you'll see that we're all individuals here and searching for the meaning of true liberty.


I don't let strangers lecture my children. Why would I let a man I KNOW to be a corrupt liar lecture my children in the context of a spectacle and format designed to awe them into thinking he is something he is not and that his words have special importance?

Does a person know their

Does a person know their children's teacher before they are taught? How about going to McDonalds or any other restaurant and purchasing a meal prepared by a perfect stranger? Better yet, going to a church and sitting under a sermon from a pastor/preacher and not knowing what he does once he leaves the church.....

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A bad meal takes a day to crap out...

A bad idea may take a lifetime to crap out...

And yes, as good parents, we do get to know the people involved in our children's education.

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We do

a meet and great with our childrens teachers. We vote is our schoolboards so no they are not strangers. And if that stranger at McDonalds makes a great burger and is doing his job as he PROMISED then yeah I'll eat his burger. What the preacher does on his own time, in his own home is none of mine or the governments business as long as he is hurting no one.



All of this debate over 18 words...

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Except that isn't what he is going to say...

And even if it was, *I* would still take issue with it.

"STAY IN SCHOOL" - Translates to stay in government ran, government decided curriculum and learn the government propaganda well.

I was a high school drop out, self-educated and am considered one of the top in my profession and make a healthy salary.

We don't need government school's to learn. Learning and education are important, SCHOOL IS NOT. If school happens to provide this, great, if not, oh well.

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Does anyone know what Obama

Does anyone know what Obama is going to say? If someone does, please post it on this site.

Congrats to being very successful and the top is your profession. Unfortunately, not all professions are like that and its becoming very competitive for great jobs. Professionally, I'm a nurse and I need continued education to stay ahead or sink. Education is for some and not all obviously.

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the problem is that no one knows...

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We agree that education is important. We simply disagree on whether or not government school is the primary means by which someone should be educated.

Btw, for the record (most here probably know this) but just so you know what kind of loony you are dealing with. I am an atheist and anarchist with a firm belief in the no force principle.

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Grades K-6 are kids at very impressionable ages.

I agree with this article. See what you think.

John Lott
September 04, 2009

White House Puts Parents In an Awkward Position

Moms and dads who don’t think that it is appropriate for the president to address students shouldn’t be put in the situation where they will be forced to remove their students from school during the first day of school.

Six, seven, and eight-year-old kids shouldn't be put in a position where they have to say that a particular president is inspiring and such a wonderful person. Next Tuesday, the opening day for many schools across the country, President Obama will give a speech to elementary and secondary students across the country. There is a reason why no president has commanded the time of America's school children in the past to make them listen to the president as part of their school day.

Could you imagine the outrage if the president requested time to address adults during their work day even if it were simply to encourage them to work hard and be productive for the good of the nation? But why would they be upset? The very act of listening to a politician is a political act. It is no more appropriate than requiring that Americans to listen to a political ad. Some adults simply don't want to waste their time listening to a politician or they might simply dislike that person. Others might not be political and not care enough to watch such an address the politician. But this is less objectionable for adults than kids – kids are much more impressionable.




as you can see from my comment I firmly believe here is no differnce between Bush and Obama. I wouldn't want Bush to address my chidren directly any more then I want Obama to as I disagree with their policies and the direction they have taken this country from monetary policy to domestic and foreign policy. Last time I checked I am still the guardian of my children and keeping them home that day is a personal choice. Secondly, so now everyone is a "closet racist?" I thought this president was going to "transcend race" however, it seems to me everytime the race card is played it's by his adminstration or his supporters. For you to suggest that our racism is somehow below the surface and we hide it well is just ludicrist. Stick around. Keep reading and absorbing. Ron Paul cured my apathy, I cured my ignorance.

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Once again...

You should get help with your racism problem.

This is an individualist site. As such, the concept of racism or race as a determining factor run counter to our beliefs here. But it sounds like you have made the first step, and admitted your problem, so now you just need to get help.

And we are anti-collectivist. The very fact that he is addressing the children in a way to call to them to common purpose is enough for many here to be offended. And that common purpose is not "be good, stay in school". That would be a ridiculous waste of time. I fully expect him to call the kids together as a community to work toward common community oriented goals...

You are beyond reason and way out of your league here.

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If you desire an education of a lifetime, you've come to the right place. If you've come here to debate the left/right paradigm or display the ignornace of your youth, you will not last long here. You seem to fit right in with mainstream America who take a piece of the puzzle and beat it to death with the politically correct talking points while viewing through tunnel vision. There are citizens in this country with the ability to take a piece of the puzzle, link it together with other pieces of the puzzle to view a glimpse of the big picture. You are not one of those people, but I suspect as with many others in this country, there may be Hope this could Change.

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I assume that was meant for...

aadams80 and not myself... :)

Yep, my bad, just saw the title.... :)

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Well said. Thanks


I welcome the comments...it just means that everyone is thinking:-)

First to define Racism (according to Merriam-Webster) 1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.


Second, President George H.W. Bush made a similar address to schools in 1991. How many parents threatened to take their kids out of school with that speech (someone please show me). Why the change now with parents wanting to keep their kids home (hmmm, I wonder)?

Everyone just needs to take a step back and look at their true reasons for doing stuff (easier said than done). How do you explain to you child that has been anxiously awaiting going to school that they cant because the President is giving a speech about the importance of school/staying in school? Should you lie and say there is no school because I am sure they will ask more questions if you tell the truth.....


I think you will find the opposition to what Bush did and stands for to be nearly identical to that expressed for Obama. I find them to be nearly identical, except Obama doesn't have the communication skills of a special needs fourth grader. And Obama is better at diverting public attention from his war mongering and cronyism.

My kids were not in school in 1991. And I can't speak for other parents.

racism is first and foremost a

collectivist ploy meant to divide.

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You claimed that...

Just because we didn't make racist comments, didn't mean we weren't racist. And yet, your own comments, which clearly demonstrated that you believed race was an issue aren't racist?

You left out this part of the definition:
Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

You are clearly showing your own discrimination, by factoring it into your arguments when none of us has discussed that at all.

I will tell you what. After he ends the patriot act, the wars of aggression, torture and rendition, indefinite prison sentences without trial, unlawful searches and seizures, THEN and ONLY THEN he may speak to my daughter about these noble acts.

What we tell our children? The truth. The government does not have a right to enter my home or my life. Good parents monitor what their children learn and watch. We aren't being given that opportunity here. Period. There MIGHT be a different reaction if his speech was pre-released and it did turn out to benign.

Does anyone else know of any socialists who made an extra effort to talk with and win over the youth? Anyone? Go ahead, inform this guy...

And the experiment known as The Wave? true story...


Once again, you are out of your league... Either stay and get educated or not. But doing "damage control" here is an absolute waste of your time. Seriously...

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The government enters your

The government enters your home through taxes, the food you eat, the shows on tv, etc. Government is broken up into three branches according to the constitution:-)

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Look around and see how happy we are with that crap too... We are nothing if not consistent... Most of us anyway.

And which branch is authorized by the constitution to educate or talk to my children? Come on... The answer isn't hard...

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Government is in school

Government is in school directly or indirectly influencing our kids. It doesnt just start or stop with the President. Who do you think oversees the lessons for each school year? Standards of Learning (SOLs) were adopted for a reason...and thats just the tip of the iceburg.

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I didn't ask you...

How our system was structured. I asked you what in the constitution gives any branch of government authority over education. The answer is none.

We don't like public schools, or the DOE here. You are using government intrusion as argument for more government intrusion.

Like I said, you are not going to make any progress here. So either stick around, learn and ask questions or not, but "convincing" ANY of us, simply will not work. In this, I am quite confident all here are in agreement.

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I love you wolfe...by the

I love you wolfe...by the way, I'm a female with two elementary-aged kids of my own or is that tmi ;-)

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Just saw this...

That is a MUCH different mental image of you than I had.... :) And my girlfriend is the jealous type and would throw a fit now if she saw this thread... lol...

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. double post

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Welcome to the Daily Paul.

I hope you stick around, teach us something. Maybe even learn something.

I have been posting the series of 5 videos

Hitler's children. A must watch for all parents and teachers.. and if this doesn't wake anyone up, honestly I am at a loss.

This is a 5 part series , 50 minutes each. After having seen several videos lately of school children training or singing all for the good of the President, apart from the mass hypnosis going on in the previous 12 -18 months, I couldn't help but have some flashbacks to when I was still living in Europe way back.


Do we have a flier yet?

This is happening on Tuesday. A flier warning parents about this is needed by tomorrow. If one is available I plan to print it and pass them out to the parents waiting in line to pick their kids up from school on Friday afternoon.