On Sept. 8th (starting the school year off right!) Obama is doing a speech especially for the school children of the U.S.
this is not a speech on TV where you can tune in and watch with your kids and have a discussion if you so choose. this is a mandatory viewing that will take place in public schools, with teachers who have government funding, and who are told ahead of time how and what to discuss with their students.
questio0ns such as:
“what is my civic duty?” and “what does President Obama want from me? can I do it?”
this offends the fuck out of me. I don’t indoctrinate my kid with my political beliefs and no one else should either.
the supposed purpose of our public schools is education. not political programming.
children are extremely sensitive to political programming. this has been proven, both through the development of the Communist Red Party in China, and by Hitler Youth in Germany.
don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling Obama either a communist or a Nazi. odds are he honestly has the best of intentions to ‘reach out to the youth of America’. and if he did want to do it through a format that parents would have the option of viewing and discussing with their children, I wouldn’t have such a big problem with it.
but political programming of children? children already have pressure to be what the schools want them to be, what their peers want them to be, what their parents want them to be. now their government?
my son is 6 years old. there’s no way he should be wondering what the president wants of him, or what his civic duty is.
and why are more people not up in arms about this? when Bush pulled something similar in 1991, many democrats were pissed about it. not just about indoctrinating kids, but for using tax-payer money to pay for political advertising.
now, however, since the democrats voted him in, it’s okay? no matter what the setting is, no matter what president is doing it, this isn’t a positive direction for our schools or country to be moving in. it’s as though people feel like since they voted for the man, they can’t disagree with him.
and on top of it, we have the race factor. now. there was people I talked to before the election who were honestly racist, who said that the biggest reason they weren’t voting for Obama was that he was black. on the other hand, there were alot of people who did vote for Obama on the basis that he was black.
personally, if I voted, I would have voted Obama. not because he’s black, but because John McCain was a terrifying man with one foot in the grave. I agree with Obama on more issues than McCain by a long shot.
I think it’s awesome that we finally have some racial variety in the white house. culturally, a huge step. does this make Obama a figure of great historical relevance? of course it does!
however, does the fact that he’s a living historical figure mean that we should stop questioning anything he does? hell no. come on, people.
I live on the west coast. more specifically, I live in the Pacific Northwest, just outside Washington’s capital city, Olympia. now, Olympia is known for being a very politically correct and green area, moreso even than much of the state. it’s largely populated by college students who attend Evergreen State College, who we fondly refer to as ‘Greeners’, a title worn with pride by most of them.
now, there are obviously HUGE upsides to living in this area. (ease of recycling, awesome farmers markets, kickass parades, pretty good music scene, et cettera.) however, I’ve noticed a tendency in this area that I call the “More PC Than Thou” complex. the irony is that much of political correctness, is based on the theme of non-judgmentalism.
HOWEVER, when being “PC” is turned into a competition, it ends up being incredibly judgemental. “You recycle? Well, not only do I recycle everything, I don’t buy anything that’s not second-hand.” “You breastfed your kid for a year? Well, I breastfed mine til she was three.” “You montessori school? Well, I homeschool.” “You’re a vegetarian? Well, I’m an organic vegan.” Everything is a one-up. I realized this when I was 17 and I got shot down from expressing my political beliefs at a party by a Greener who called me an Oogle and essentially said my opinions didn’t count.
ah-ha. the neo-hippie strikes again.
often, people it seems, are so afraid of being declared ‘not PC’, they are afraid to express their opinions. disagreeing with Obama might imply that you have a problem with him as a person, which could mean you’re racist! disagreeing with partial-birth abortion might imply you have a problem with women’s rights, which could mean you’re sexist!
and if you don’t like queen, that probably means you’re a homophobe too.
plus, it’s a lose-lose situation. if you’re caucasian, and you disagree with Obama, you’re afraid people might think you’re racist. if you’re a minority, and you disagree with Obama, people might think you don’t appreciate what he’s doing for minorities just by being president. the un-PCness of racial betrayal looms before you.
…we can’t be afraid to question the decisions or actions of the president, just because A. we wanted him in office, or B. we don’t want to be accused of a lack of political correctness. otherwise, we’re putting ourselves in a very bad position. we should not blindly accept the words or actions of anyone, no matter who they are.
there has been lots of great men and women in history, but that doesn’t mean we should blindly accept anything they say.
so… if you have kids in school, I urge you to look at this more closely. figure out how you feel about it, where you stand on it, talk to your childrens school and find out what alternatives they have, and don’t be afraid to disagree with someone because of their political party or their race.
if my son’s school will be showing the speech in his classroom, he likely won’t go to school that day. if I can get a copy of it, we might watch it at home, in an environment free from pressure or teachers with a political agenda.
do you really want the schools directing your childrens political beliefs? think about it. would you be okay with a religious leader getting piped in and giving a speech to the schools? there’s little difference. the schools should not be in charge of our childrens religious, moral or political beliefs.