Friday, September 04, 2009

Why I Will Send My Child to School on September 8th

Here are 3 reasons I am going to send my child to school on September 8th
1. I always send my kids to school, I think if there was material I was going to object to, I'd just pull them for that -- I think it sends the wrong message to pull them from the whole day.
2. Spencer's actual teacher is supposed to come back that day (although, honestly hasn't really pervaded this year, so I worry she's not actually coming back, but mostly just because I am a worrier).
3. I teach my son to respect the president, and a message about working hard and staying in school is a great message to send our kids. Is there anything wrong with the president addressing the kids? Personally, I think it's great, and even if just a few more kids stay in school because Obama told them to, more power to all of us.

Maybe those of you who are pulling your kids and freaking out about it should teach your kids a little bit more about respect, and an open mind. I have no idea if they're showing it to our kids (doubtful they'll show it in K since the kids can barely pay attention to an exciting kindergarten teacher, little loan a very boring president), and I figure I'll leave it to them to decide. If they don't show it, I may tivo it and we can watch it all together.


  1. did I miss something? are people keeping their kids home? what???

  2. I'm with you, Hilary, we need to support the (if not our) president and show our kids to respect them. I'm pretty sure that the five or ten minutes that the kids will pay atteniton to will not go very far in the brainwashing that other mothers seem to be fearing.

  3. Sharon5:10 PM

    I just don't see what the big deal is...people who are worried about "brainwashing" could just use it as an opportunity for a conversation with their kids. Pretty sure the kids aren't going to be swept away by anything like this!

  4. My understanding was that it was just being broadcast on the Internet. So unless the teachers have 'the hookup' to link to the TV, students can't see it anyway. Although, I can't understand why it wouldn't be on TV.

  5. Anonymous8:02 AM

    "Maybe those of you who are pulling your kids and freaking out ..."

    One of the reasons for the increasing polarization in our country is framing the other side as extremists.

    A more christian approach might have been:

    "Maybe those of you who are concerned and pulling your kids out ..."

  6. I get both sides. Really, I do. But I don't get this uproar.

    I saw the educational materials and I didn't like the wording. But I would never have thought of not sending my child to see the POTUS deliver a speech on education.

    Healthcare? Different story. :)

  7. It is an interesting debate. He is our president, he deserves respect. His original address included having the children write goals on how to support/serve him....questionable, to me. Isn't he supposed to be our public servant? The new message seemed harmless enough, encouraging even, but I still think he ought to stick to addressing his voters instead of their children. No real reason for an uprising, however. Glad its over, frankly.


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