I am one of those parents who was concerned about Obama’s speech to school children this week. I was concerned that it would consist of political propaganda at worst or be simply a waste of time. My friend Art Smith over at the Conservative Reader was right — it turned out to be the latter.
My concern was based on reading the suggested learning activities published by the Department of Education before the speech. Among them:
- Teachers may post in large print around the classroom notable quotes excerpted from President Obama’s speeches on education.
- Teachers may ask students to think of the following: … How will he inspire us
Since I read the transcript the White House released in advance, most of my concerns were allayed. Other than providing exposure for the president during the middle of a huge fight in congress and on the eve of his address to a joint session and utilizing the bloated, inefficient and unconstitutional Department of Education — the speech was just a waste of time. When schools are concerned about instructional hours and appropriate use of classroom time it seems absurd that this event was considered worthy of the school day. At least Cedar Rapids made it optional.
I did however find out that I must be a racist. One of my childrens’ teachers said that those who were concerned were expressing:
… a mild form of racism.
This form of argumentum ad hominem is often used in lieu of rational debate. Students in our schools deserve better. Perhaps this teacher should have taken the time to explain why people who disagree with the president are racists.
In my speech to the 2nd District Convention last year, I mentioned my Pacific-Islander, Asian and African heritage. I said that I was:
One part yellow, two parts brown and one part black which makes me at least as black as Barack.
So, where does this cracker, honky teacher get off calling me a racist?