Help! President Obama May Encourage My Son To Be Educated!
I got my weekly newsletter from my daughter's elementary school on Friday. Things were as expected: no charging for lunches, t-shirts for $9, no school Monday. But near the end, I found something a little surprising:
Presidential Address to Elementary students - We have had some phone calls asking us whether or not we will be showing the President's Address to elementary students . It will be available for any who want to watch it. An alternate location will be provided for students to be who do not want to watch.
An alternate location? This was strange to me, because it felt like the President's address could kind of be compared to sex ed. or something. You know, when you have to get a permission slip signed in order to watch? And the kids who don't have one get shuffled into the library?
Then, in Jed's Facebook thing (whatever you have in Facebook), parents were writing that they are not going to let their children watch the President's address.
Really? I'm confused. Why would you not let your child watch a Presidential address to the Elementary students across the United States specifically about the importance of education?
This bothers me. Not because I'm political, but because I believe we, as Americans, have gotten so wrapped up in the party system that we do not respect the office of the President. And depending on what party we belong to, and if our guy won or didn't, we just "get through" the four years by complaining and blaming the other party for all of our national problems.
What happened to unity? Can we not disagree with some of the decisions a president has made (and come on, they all make mistakes) but still respect the office and support The President? It seems to me, the message we are sending our children by having them sit out of an address from The President of the United States is: what this man says is either not important, bad, or may hurt me. (And, in case we forget, he's speaking on the importance of education.)
I'm reminding you, I affiliate myself with no party. I believe as a country, we treated George W. Bush terribly. And while he made mistakes (remember they all do), I believe it is shameful to show such disrespect to the President of our nation. I am seeing the same thing happen to President Obama. Are we a united nation or a nation divided by parties? I personally feel that no matter what our stances are on health care, the war in Iraq, or on education, we elected a President and he needs (and deserves) our support and respect.
So for crying out loud, send your child to the address. Dress her up in red, white and blue, and let's pretend we're a united nation for a morning.