Tuesday, September 8, 2009

To Show or Not to Show...That is the Question

Today is the big day for the controversial speech to students by our president. There has been a lot of talk on the news about whether or not to air this speech live. Why? What is the big deal? It is a speech to students about the importance of staying in school, not a call to participate in genocide! Where, exactly, is the controversy?

I personally think it is pathetic that parents lack such faith in our president and in our school's teachers that they would voice concern over this speech. Sure, we may not all have voted for him, we may not all agree with his decisions, we may not all agree with his policies, but he IS our leader, and we, as a democratic nation, MUST give him the respect he is due. What message does it give our students when we feel the need to censor what the President of the United States of America has to say? What message does it send to students about our schools' teachers and their ability to teach? Are our nation's teacher so incompetent that they cannot professionally and in an unbiased manner lead a discussion about the words of our president? Come on! Have a little faith in your children's teachers. If parents can't trust the president and they can't trust the teachers, then WHO can they trust? It just doesn't make sense to me.

I wonder how parents would react if their favorite sports hero wanted to make a similar speech to students. Hmmm, a point to ponder.

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