Seems the insane boycotting of the president’s scheduled “back-to-school” speech no longer includes states like Texas, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin– we can now add my home state of MAINE to the list!

Front page of the Kennebec Journal this morning:

Bowing to pressure from some parents, Gardiner-based Regional School Unit 11 will not show President Barack Obama’s back-to-school address to students Tuesday.

The president is scheduled to speak directly to students at noon Tuesday about the need to work hard and stay in school. Obama’s speech will be shown live on the White House Web site and on C-SPAN.

RSU 11 Superintendent Paul Knowles said calls started coming in to his office before he even knew about the speech.

“We’ve had several parental objections, and so I made the decision particular in K-8 classes because of those objections,” Knowles said Friday. “We’re not going to do any kind of organized viewing. We’re not going to have assemblies. In social studies classes in the high school, the children will have a choice whether or not to view it.”

Nationwide, complaints on conservative blogs and Web sites and by conservative commentators allege Obama will use the speech to “indoctrinate” students about health care reform and other parts of the president’s agenda. Some have encouraged parents to keep their children home from school Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Web site states, “The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning.”

And certainly we can’t have THAT!

(btw, this photo was taken by daughter Mary during our Cape Cod vacation- she saw this sign and thought it was hilarious: how this business  advertises tutorial services, yet mangles the rules of grammar to do so!)

The above story isn’t my kids’ school district, but if it were- I’d pull my children for the day and MAKE them watch the speech, same as we did on Inauguration Day!

Gawd, the country’s getting more unhinged every day…

What is concerning is the dismissive tone of the White House; it’s as if they really don’t “get” the reason this is happening nationwide, nor the underlying implications.

WASHINGTON – The White House on Friday dismissed as pointless the furor over President Barack Obama’s plan to deliver a televised back-to-school speech to the nation’s students.

“I think we’ve reached a little bit of the silly season when the president of the United States can’t tell kids in school to study hard and stay in school,” presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. “I think both political parties agree that the dropout rate is something that threatens our long-term economic success.”

“Silly season”? “Dropout rate”? Oh Bob, this has NOTHING to do with schools and kids…




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