Friday, September 4, 2009
When I was in grade school, coming up on a decade ago now, I remember some of my favorite classes being civics and social studies. Of all the stuff I learned, I think I retained that the best. Well, that and math, inexplicably. Anyway, I remember thinking at the time that students getting involved in understanding politics was a good thing. Well, I guess that was before we elected a black man. Next week, Barack Obama intends to speak directly to students via live feed to classroom TVs about education. We don't know what, specifically, he is going to say yet, but the speech will be released early next week so concerned parents can make sure it isn't too...well, "black," I guess.
Its not as though Presidents never spoke to kids before. Bush 2 asked kids to give him money for Afghani kids. His pappy, Bush 1 gave a now historic speech about how getting high in the vacuum of space was not a good idea, no matter how cool it sounds. And the late great Reagan told kids back in the 80's that taxes suck. From shaking a metal cup asking for loose change to clarifying the difference between being physically higher up in the air and dropping tabs of acid, Presidents have gone directly to our youth to "push their agenda" many times before.
But the argument isn't really about precedent so much as it is about the specific agenda Obama must surely have. Apparently, its going to be a speech about how important education is and it will be followed up by a couple writing assignments not dissimilar to writing assignments students have been doing about government since the dawn of teaching. Except that they will get to do it right after hearing the President himself speak.
Conservatives, still trying to figure out what the fuck they did wrong by spending eight years jumping up and down on the country and then trying to ramrod the wicked witch of the north down our throats, refused to miss this opportunity to again remind us that they aren't done pouting. Florida Republican Party leader Jim Greer said from under his white hood that Obama was trying to "indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda."
Yes, god forbid a black man tell our kids how important education is. They aren't getting it from their parents, that's for sure. I suppose it does look like socialist policy to attempt to share something, even information, with everyone freely when you give members of your party a credit account and let them spend $117,000 of party money on trips and luxury items. Good work, Greer.
Regardless, based on the behavior of various conservatives over the past seven or so months, I think our youth could use a little indoctrination. In fact, I think its vital to our future as a nation. The last thing we want is a whole generation of people who think like Rush Limbaugh. There's a scary thought. Sphere: Related Content