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Posted by DarthDilbert at 9/02/2009 07:53:00 PM

President Obama's Address to Students Across America September 8, 2009
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?

Obama Youth

When I first heard of this, I had no doubt any longer that government schools are clearly being transformed into indoctrination centers. How soon will it be before the Ministry Department of Education mandates that so-called public schools be renamed reeducation camps?

I have never felt so strongly in the decision my wife and I made years ago to homeschool our two children. They have not only dismissed the labels given to them by supposed experts, but they continue to surpass each and every goal set for them -- each and everyday.

I refuse to have them subject to the same gross indoctrinatation as children have in countless totalitarian governments during the last century across Asia and Europe. How soon before children in our newly christened "reeducation camps" are required to sing songs praising Chairman Zero in the same vein that children in the Soviet Union sang for Lenin and Stalin, or children in China sang for Mao. As each day passes, I'm saddened to see how this administration is "fundamentally transforming" the Republic into one of those same totalitarian governments that caused so much pain and suffering for millions around the world. However dire the circumstances or events, I remain steadfast in my faith and the belief in knowing that the people of this nation will one day arise from their slumber and that this nation shall not perish from the Earth.

Reason # to homeschool.

President Obama’s Address to Students Across America -- 8 September 2009
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Update: 2 September 2009 / 7:27 PM
For those who have their children attending government indoctrination centers, here is an absence excuse suggestion:
To Whom it May Concern:

When it comes to teaching my child about personal responsibility and life goals, I have determined that I am a far better teacher of those objectives than a President who has chosen to surround himself with known anarchists and terrorists.

Therefore, <insert child's name> will be at home on Sept 8th in order not to be corrupted by the propaganda that will be shown in his class room.

Respectfully Yours,

H/T Sherri @

Update: 3 September 2009 / 7:53 PM
From Ashley Webb: "I met with current Kettering School Board member, George Bayless, this evening and when I asked him about Tuesday's speech by President Obama he described the Superintendent's general plan. Given the circumstances, I think Jim Schoenlein has come up with a very good course of action.

The speech will be taped. No schedules will be interrupted and no classes cancelled to watch in real time. If teachers would like to use the video in their class, they will simply be required to demonstrate to the Superintendent how it relates to their curriculum and explain how they are going to integrate the video into their teaching plan.

In essence, Tuesday will be like any other for kids in Kettering Schools. Like it or not, teachers are always going to impart a certain amount of their bias. Learning to discern truth and developing a set of personal beliefs is part of the learning process. I am just glad to see that our Kettering City School District leadership chose to reinforce local control of our schools and did not allow President Obama and the Department of Education to determine what our kids will be doing next Tuesday."


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