Thursday, September 2, 2010

Presidential Speech Decision-making

In response to questions being raised regarding President Obama's back-to-school speech to students on September 14, we wanted to provide some background on the chosen District procedure.

The Mansfield ISD administration made the choice to use permission slips to assist our campuses in preparing proper facilities and equipment to accommodate students who wish to view the speech live. The permission slips were not intended as a way to prohibit students from watching the speech. As we have stated in prior communications, we feel the speech can be used by our teachers in future classes as it fits with their lesson plans. This is the only event during the year where we attempt to show a live broadcast to a large group of students at the same time. We set the September 10 deadline to give our campus and district administrators a reasonable amount of time to adequately plan for this potentially large-scale live broadcast event in MISD.

In our discussions with parents this year and last, we realize this event carries a special emotional and/or political significance in our community. We are making every effort to be sensitive to the wishes of all parents in our decision-making, although we realize we cannot satisfy everyone’s specific wishes.

Thank you for your understanding, patience, and for being part of our school district.

(Updated: September 10) We learned on the afternoon of Thursday, September 9 that the speech will occur at 12 PM CST. Since this falls within the lunch times for schools, we are working through the realities of lunch logistics with our Student Nutrition Department and the campuses in preparation for Tuesday’s live broadcast.

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't understand the big deal about it. He is the President of the country, show some respect and patriotism. Even if you do not agree with him, he still was voted into office by the majority of the country. I want my children to learn about their government at school, not about crying and whining to get your own way.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with the first person, what is the big deal. We need to teach our children to show respect to the office of the president of the United States. I may not agree with the policies but I want my child to hear the speech. I asked friends in other school districts if they had to sign permission slips and they said no and couldn't understand why we were being asked to.

Anonymous said...

Seems it would have been more appropriate to send home a note where parents could "opt out" rather than having to have a signed note to "opt in." I didn't vote for Obama nor do I agree with a lot of his political views, but as the previous post said, he is the president and I don't see the harm in letting the kids hear an address that's specifically geared towards the importance of doing well in school.

Anonymous said...

I, for one, would like to thank MISD for the way it has chosen to handle this matter. This is a free country and this is just one way we can enjoy our freedom in making this decision for our families. Whatever our politics, thank you for putting the children and their families first. I applaude your decision.

Anonymous said...

I have no problems with the district asking for permission slips and showing the speech live, but I don't understand why the President cannot air this speech at night where we can sit and watch it with our kids. I think it is important for us as parents to be able to monitor what are children are introduced to at school and voice our point of views on issues as well.

Anonymous said...

I thank MISD for sending the slips home and giving the PARENTS control. Some people seem to forget that it's not the school's job to raise your children. I absolutely agree that we should respect the office regardless of who's in it. I also think the speech should be shown at night as I usually have my children sit down with me to watch them. It gives us the opportunity to discuss what's going on in our great nation. I would like to explain our family's views to the children, and why we feel the way we do. We have awesome teachers in this district, but I don't want them influencing my children with their political views.

Anonymous said...

As an employee I love this district but I do not agree with how they have handled this situation.

1.I do think the permission for should have been an opt-out form. We should expect our kids to here something positive from the president.
2. Most of the schools are not sending the permission slips home they are putting the forms in the from office and parents can pick them up. This eliminates the parents of bus riders, walkers, or parents who rarely go into the building. Why make this so difficult.
3. For those who think this is political... Take a look at the speech. There is nothing about health care, bank bail outs, or the war.
4. This policy is sooo short sighted. Obama is not the first president to address the students of our nation and he will not be the last. But now we have set a precedence that we have to follow forever since we as a district don't want to look "racist".
This is a great district and it is doing some great things but I feel we made a bad call on this one.

Corey Morrell said...

I cannot believe this. This "opt in" form is nothing more than a veil attempt to keep our children from hearing from their own president. It should have been an "opt out" form but the district knows that many parents will just forget to sign it or children will loose it or the school will "loose" it and then they can justify not letting the children hear the speech. HE IS THEIR PRESIDENT! Since when, and why, do children need permission to view a speech by our own democratically elected leader?! At least we don't have to worry about this president giving the middle finger to the cameras like the last president enjoyed doing. The MISD school board should be ashamed of itself. This is America, not China. Stop trying to censure speech that you do not agree with.

Anonymous said...

It has nothing to do with racism or the President of the United States addressing students. The first speech had additional content that was intended to be taught to the students in addition to the speech which very specifically reinforced a political world view. That plan was scrapped and I assume will not come back this year.

From CNN article
Some of the controversy over Obama's speech last year involved a proposed lesson plan created by the Education Department to accompany the address. An initial version of the plan recommended students draft letters to themselves discussing "what they can do to help the president."

The letters "would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals," the plan said.

Anonymous said...

This is just a blatant disrepect for our President and the office that he holds. It's funny how we as parents don't censor games our kids play, music, friends, and TV; however when it comes to a speech given by our President, that is totally geared toward encouraging and supporting their educational endeavors we send home permission slips??? To me this is evidence of the type of district I do not want my child in. Were any permission slips sent home for Bush's speeches.. I think not. Let's call an ace an ace.. we all know what this is about....we are still in times in which mindsets are still cemented in the 1950's...yet we call it wanting to have "Parental Control"....Let's face it racism is alive and kicking in MISD... period point blank.

Anonymous said...

This is an appaling lack of courage on the part of MISD. Requiring a permission slip is a thinly-veiled effort to politicize a simple back to school message by the President of the United States. Shame, shame, shame.

Anonymous said...

Whatever your political views, here is my comments on what I have read in the postings. If you don't like what MISD is doing, please pack up your stuff and move to Arlington, Fort Worth or Dallas. Let me know how that works out for your kids......

Anonymous said...

We've had other President's address our children in the year's past. Wonder why there's such an outcry now....

Anonymous said...

The whole idea about letting the parents choose to allow our children to hear the President stems from the last time he gave a "back to school" speach. If you care to remember, the content of that speech was changed at the last minute. The changes were facilitated due to there being agruably inapproriate material in the initial speech. Lesson plans were prepared for the students following the speech that could have been interpretted as promoting a socialistic adgenda. I was glad to see that the speech was revised, albeit only after much criticsm.

I would much prefer to be watching the speech with my kids so that we can discuss it and any controversial subjects (if there are any) together. I will however, allow my kids to watch it at school but we will be recording it so we can discuss it together afterwards.

I applaud the MISD for allowing us this option. I think it is the right thing to do based on what happened last year.

Those of you who are calling this a racist judgement are in fact racists yourselves. Race has absolutely nothing to do with this issue, nor does race have anything to do with the overall state of our economy - we just have an administration that doesn't care what we, the people want and seems to think they can tax and spend their way out of our economic problems.

Anonymous said...

I dont think in the past I would have thought twice about this, but in today's PC world its only fair that parents be given the right to screen the things our children are being exposed to. I read the President's speech and it has nothing to do with politics or war or the things I dont want my children learning about from someone else. I applaud the process Mansfield is giving everyone here and feel that PC has to fall on both sides of the fence.

Anonymous said...

For the Anonymous who said

"3. For those who think this is political... Take a look at the speech. There is nothing about health care, bank bail outs, or the war."

Where did you find the speech online to read? I have't been able to find anything, not even on the White House web site. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Anonymous said...

I find this whole thing very disheartening from the ranting to the misspellings. I agree that this makes the school district look quite cowardly. The President of the United States should have full assemblies to address the school children of this country. Open your minds people. Stop listening to those who just want their few minutes,(or careers) of fame.

Anonymous said...

I for one applaud MISD for sending home permission slips, since, as parents we have the final authority over what our children are exposed to. For the individual who said, "Since when, and why, do children need permission to view a speech by our own democratically elected leader", are you serious? Thats sounding dangerously close to a Dictatorship. Just as Obama has a right to speech, I have a right to not listen or protect my children from ideas I do not subscribe to.

I have every right to stop my children from listening to anyones speech, if they had not sent home the permission slips, I would have kept my children out of school that day.

Anonymous said...

Wow - MISD had a chance to do this right, instead they showed they side with other backwater ISDs. I agree with the other parent who said that this is an appaling lack of courage on the part of MISD. Requiring a permission slip is a thinly-veiled effort to politicize a simple back to school message by the President of the United States. I remember being in elementary school and listening to President Carter's speech. No one asked my parent's if it was OK and wow, here I am a full grown, free-thinking adult. Go figure.

Anonymous said...

And for the parent who says if I don't like it, I should move to Dallas ... no thanks. I pay the same taxes you do and your opinion is no more valuable than mine. So tough it out, I have as much right to be here as you.

Anonymous said...

I just have one question..........why now? Why do we have to go thru the extra steps (signing forms, etc) when our President makes a speech to our students? Why is it necessary for THIS President and not the others?

Anonymous said...

Totally disrespectful to the elected President.

Driven only by right wing hatred of Obama and his anti-Reagan agenda. By the way, the economy was destroyed by Republican values, Not Obama...No Regulation for Wall St or the bankers. Pure Greed. I do not blame President Bush for the economic crash. He saw the danger and acted with stimulus. Clearly, private enterprise needs some guidelines.

It is more the Reagan laissez-faire "revolution" that caused this crash and the S&L failures of the 80's, the banking crisis of the 90's, and the dot.com bust of 2000. If we don't recognize this, the Chinese, Europeans, and Indians will overtake us. I as a centrist democrat do not want that anymore than anyone else.

If opt in is the policy, then it should be applied going forward, in the same manner, for all political events.

No Congressmen, Senator, Governor, Councilmen should speak to our children without express consent.

Anonymous said...

Mansfield ISD is playing politics with our childrens, no matter how they explain their reasons. Did MISD ever request a permission slip prior to any of President Bush's speeches?

Anonymous said...

I must say I applaud Mansfield for at least showing the speech...the school district we came from last year wouldn't even allow it to be shown!(One of the reasons we moved!) In all my 52 years though, the only thing I ever remember having to have a permission slip to watch was maybe a sex ed video!

The xenophobia in this country is reaching frightening levels and it saddens me that some people have become so partisan that they see sinister motives in everything our president does.

(By the way, yes, the original speech last year WAS paired with learning activities that advocated such radical things as having students set academic goals and write letters to themselves for follow-up. You can see if you care to look exactly what was sent to the schools @ http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/academic/bts.html)I challenge anyone to find anything sinister in it!

Anonymous said...

Thank you MISD for allowing us as parents to have a voice in this. I respect your decision.

Anonymous said...

If we agree to our children hearing the speech, what time is the speech to be televised to the students?

Anonymous said...

I don't remember ever assembling students to watch a speech given by any other President. The only one we have ever viewed in our school was last year's speech given by President Obama. It never was a big deal either way - do or don't.

Anonymous said...

I guess we need to sign permission slips for our children to discuss the chapter in their history books that refer to our nations leader, President Barak Hussein Obama. If this isn't a racist move I don't know what to call it. For those parents who choose NOT to let their children watch the Address do you think you might be setting your kids up to have a lack of respect for authority? Your choice to not let them participate will only lead them down a road to destruction and defiance! Shame on you cry baby parents, grow up and learn some respect. You act as if Obama created the mess our nation is in...wow I can't believe you MISD!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with the comments that this should have been an opt-out. If there are parents who find something wrong with the President of the United States addressing school children, they should be the ones required to fill out slips barring their children from watching. For the first time we have a black president in office and for the first time we are requiring permission slips from parents in order for their children to watch a back-to-school message from the president? What message are we sending to our children? What disrepect for the presidency and the person in the position!

Anonymous said...

I believe it is utmost ridiculous, and a disgrace that Mansfield needs to send a permission slips out to parent for their children to hear the speech of our President...the President of United States. this great country, that was built on freedom. There are so many other things that our children learn in schoolo that we do not give permission for...but to hear our president speak? I am appalled! It does not matter if the parent is a democrat or republican, the president speech will not hurt a child,if anything, it is an educational event…kids should learn in school how to be objective. When I was in school, I don't remember ever taking a permission slip home to my parents...you might say it's been a while...but my 22 year old son never took one home form me to sign either. When did a school needs permission on what to teach children! Shame on you Mansfield...

Michelle Douglas said...

I think this is ridiculous. Permission slip, please. This is the President of the United States of America. I could be wrong, but to my knowledge, last year was the 1st time there was such an outcry about student's viewing the Presidents speech in class. Hmmmm, can't help but ask why. This should be part of the curriculum like learning your ABC's. The great thing is you can agree with him or not agree. It will certainly open a window for discussion. Let me add, he's promoting education. Since when did that become a bad thing, since when is that a topic we don't want our children to listen to regardless of whose mouth it's coming from.

Kevin DaVee said...

I am deeply concerned and saddened by MISD's decision and policy. Given that a number of hoops must be gotten through for any of the students to view the speech, it lacks credibility that the intent of the policy is to do anything other than to limit access and possibly more importantly to cowtow to the perceived majority's partisan and/or social views. Mr. Obama is the constitutionally elected President of the United States. It is hardly inconsistent with the laws, traditions and values of our country that its leader would use current technology to emphasize the importance of education, etc. and would in fact view this as well within the realm of leadership that accompanies the high-office. Many questions are left unanswered such as did this policy exist in the past (i.e. under different administrations more "acceptable") or has such an opportunity presented itself. It is unfortunate that a publicly funded and chartered entity whose very existence is for the purpose of promoting ideas, would choose to be the toady of those who believe that censorship via subterfuge is a worthy and appropriate enterprise. Is there a written policy, minutes or other documentation to explain this? Does the position giving the appearance of conformity with the partisan and ideological views of the majority of the elected board members create a concern? Apparently, not.

Deon said...

I believe the leaders of this school district (as in many others) continue to show their "true colors". Mansfield ISD is a public school that receives funding from the federal government to build schools, buy text books, and pay staff yet has the audacity to subtly censor the President of the United States. Is that not a double-standard? I suppose, knowing the history of this school district (a district that flat out refused to obey the law and desegregate, and was the LAST school district in the entire nation to desegregate), I'm not totally surprised of purporting such an offensive act.

As an African-American male I find it very ironic that MISD can accept our African-American students into the athletic programs to bring acclaim to the district but hesitate (and then inaccurately justify) the airing of an speech by this nation’s first African-American president. Sure, you'll deny all day every day that this decision was not racially motivated but I think we all see the big black...I mean pink gorilla in the room.

And to you parents who all of a sudden want to raise such concern about monitoring what your children are watching in the classroom, why don't you go and join your child at their school so that you can monitor all you want? That's what such a "concerned" parent would do.

Anonymous said...

Whether it be an "opt-in" or "opt-out" form. I would like to thank MISD for the option. In our household we the parents want to be the ones to share current politics with our children. I understand that it is supposed to be a speech about back to school and there should be no harm in that... but we prefer that our children not be subjected to others opinions and views politically.
And to those of you making a big deal about how we watched all the past president's speeches in school, not every president gave a "back to school" speech..I don't recall watching a back to school speech from any president in my elementary school at such a young age.

Anonymous said...

Let's begin with every parent should have a Choice, Voice and a Right when it comes to their children's education and what they are and are not exposed to. Politics, Religion, Sex Ed. and School should all be seperated in K-5 grade levels at a minimum. Leave these children alone and give them a chance to explore and enjoy one anothers friendships and educational experiences without race, gender, politics, religion being the primary focus. MISD has earned another degree of respect for not trying to indoctrinate our children! I can say that MISD is doing something right due to their "Official Recognized Status" based off of the 2010 District Accountability Summary. Keep up the great work MISD staff!

David L said...

I just signed the permission slip for my child to view the speech by President Obama.

History is not created by politics, but it always starts and ends with dialogue. Some good, some bad. Let's not close our ears and eyes to what our leaders are saying today when we need to hear most clearly.

You have my permission in the future to forgo the permission slips when the Leader of the Free World is speaking.

Anonymous said...

I'm a professional educator in MISD. I am upset at the district administrators' lack of courage to demonstrate common sense. This is about our nation's President making a short speech about the importance of education. Common sense dictates it would have been more appropriate and convenient to send an "opt out" note. The district states that it wants to be "sensitive" to the parents' wishes. Then why is the permission note not translated into Spanish so that a large portion of our parents understand what is going on? What a disappointment!

Anonymous said...

This is utterly ridiculous and I am infuriated that MISD would allow a FEW prejudicial parents to rule on an issue that relates to the Presidential Office. Then to try to cloak it under the 'facility accommodations' point is deceptive. You should not have entertained it - parents could take their kids out of school if they didn't want them watching the speech. And having proceeded with this form it should have been to opt-out because it gives a more negative connotation having to opt-in. I know Mansfield is the last city to have integrated in Texas but I thought those primitive views would not have been allowed to rule. Other districts are not doing this - this is RUDE and DISRESPECTFUL to the President no matter who it is - this is HORRIBLE!

Anonymous said...

they are only trying to prevent parents from going nuts on them. Even if ppl agree or disagree.. at least they are trying to prevent something that could happen. They have enough to worry about than parents going off on them b/c there kid "HAD" to watch the speech. It's not political issue at least with permission slips.. it precaution. Sign it or Dont...and stop giving them a hard time about it

Anonymous said...

MISD handled it the right way. My kids are old enough to realize their political views and they do not want to watch the speech. We are to respect the office of the president but we do not have to like the person in it. Good call, MISD.

Anonymous said...

This was done backwards; opt out forms should have been available, not the other way around. Forms are NOT being sent home but I have printed them and am personally hand delivering my completed forms today. This is disrespectful and I have never been asked permission when prior Presidents have spoken. I am disappointed in MISD but unfortunately not surprised.

Anonymous said...

I'm just tired of the country, the state, the district, and EVERYONE catering to complainers! I don't care who you are, when there is a rule or policy made, EVERYONE needs to be held accountable to follow it. If you don't like it, that's your right, but don't expect it to be changed for you because of your race, religion, political preference or anything else. Now I'm disappointed that the district has once again catered to complainers. Make a policy and stick with it. You can't please everyone no matter what you choose to do.

Anonymous said...

This is disturbing, why do the adults have to ruin this for the kids? It would not even be an issue if the adults and the media did not inflame it. What message is MISD trying to convey to the students when we need a permission slip to listen to our President? It has never been questioned in the past and all this will do is further inflame controversy. What happened to patriotism in Mansfield? Opt me in for that!

Anonymous said...

I am setting my children up to not respect authority if they do not watch a back to school speech by our President. REALLY? I merely don't want them watching it because I rather they be IN class learning.

Beth T said...

Couple of concerns from an educational stand point, since that is what schools are supposed to be doing - teaching children. Not instilling the values of education - that is a parent responsibility. Why not place the responsibility on the parents to view this with their child in the evening? Cancel all after-school activities, no one works late, halt all sporting events, concerts, and all networks show it for families to hear from the President and discuss the value of education. MISD and districts across the nation spend HOURS coordinating this viewing. Hours taken away from educating my children. I have already instilled the values of education and expectations on my children and will have them hear it again from the President, but I'm pretty sure his speech last year, and assume this one also, will not affect my children the way I do.

Anonymous said...

Are we really that paranoid people? I think MISD must be wasting many more hours by "polling" parents with a "choice" instead of just airing the speech as planned. Students have been pulled out of class for less important events, like for picture taking events several times a year (but it funnels money back to the school). I feel bad for the MISD staff responsible for gathering the permission slips and making sure each student is accounted for. How much work is being done in the District now that the phones are ringing off the hook after they have created this mess?

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! Permission to allow our children to hear the President of the United States encourage them to stay in school and do their best, unbelievable. I wonder what other countries must think of the US?? I await to see the next sitting President, and will follow MISD to see if these same requirements are needed.

Anonymous said...

My child will not be watching it. Thank you MISD for giving me a choice. I let my child watch it last year in K and she asked me what AIDS is. I have read the speech and I think it is not age appropriate for younger children. I personally believe I don't need to teach my child about poverty and AIDS at 5. I do understand why the president feels he must address school children. Unfortunately there are children that don't have parents that care about education. Our job as parents is to stress education every day. The president giving a speech for one day is not going to make our children do good in school. I wish it was that easy. Do I think he is going to say anything bad? NO......but I do think some of the issues he talked about last year is just not age appropriate for younger children. Just read last years speech or listen to it before you make your choice for younger children.

Anonymous said...

I don't have to sign a permission slip for the district to teach my child about sexual reproduction or get information about birth control and STDs, but I have to sign to allow her to her our president speak?

What's wrong with this "picture?"

Anonymous said...

I just want to know what a Kindergarten student is supposed to get out of the speech regardless of who is delivering it.

Anonymous said...

As an employee and a parent in the MISD; I believe that on the surface it appears that the district is sensitive to the preferences of parents. However, underneath I think it is a thinly veiled attempt to avoid making a decision . President Obama is the President of the United States, and if the district believes his speech merits viewing by the students as part of the state approved curriculum then it should be done. Sitting on the fence is transparent. Show it or don't show it. My personal opinion is that previous presidents' speeches have not been an issue or even a topic of conversation. Why is it with this president? The only thing that has changed is the person in the office, not what the office stands for.

Anonymous said...

How dare President Obama tell my kids to stay in school, work hard, get an education, and try an compete with the global community! His views are not aligned with my families views.....or are they?

Communications Department said...

Thank you all for sharing your feedback. We appreciate you taking time to express your opinions about the administrative procedures for next week’s Presidential speech. The variety and number of comments reinforces what we believed to be true; this speaking event carries a special emotional and/or political significance in our community.

As always, we welcome your commentary and thankfully, have only rejected a few comments that did not fully adhere to our blog commenting guidelines.

Anonymous said...

This makes no sense. Do I get an opt in or out letter when every grade is brought in to listen to the high school band play for the children, when a story teller comes in, or when any other event/performance is brought in for my children? No, I do not. So, the President is speaking to the school children, handle this like all other events. The district is making issues of non issues (is MISD being bullied...from what I am hearing, this is race motivated, not educationally motivated).

Anonymous said...

I thought racism was over i guess not.. Just tell like it is if this were a white man it would not be a promblem.We all pay the same taxes work just has hard and we still have to deal with racism. I brought my children here from out of state for the school district not for the back biting cover me up under a sheet racism. I dont care what color you are we are all one nation under God and just as we have obeyed the sayings of past presidents why not this one?Let me answer it for you its because he is a black man!!!!But think about this the market crashed and all the banks fell because of a greedy white man...oh and dont forget about enron.Look at cnn and see who is on the front pages.You should be ashamed of yourself.But wait until basketball season come or even this football season gets good you will cheering for my son or daughter to help your children get the big win..And last but not least what will you do when your child falls in love with a black child and have a mixed baby will u deny it like you deny this speech

Anonymous said...

My husband and I have 3 children in MISD. 2 sons (age 7 and 8/2) and a 14 yr old daughter. We received permission slips for our sons but NOT for our daughter. My daughter has special needs and is part of the MISD FLS (FUNCTIONAL LIFE SKILLS) program. As a parent of a SPECIAL NEEDS child and the numerous ARD Meetings we've attended, we're constantly fighting for INCLUSION and NOT EXCLUSION. The variety of disabilities differ among each child but what, are they are not allowed to be present along with the general education to hear our President of the United
States speak. Trust me, in her classs, it's not like they are actually doing class work...math/science/social studies....their main purpose is more theraputic and missing class to attend the President's speach will in no way interrupt their academic schedule for the day. MISD should be ashamed of themselves to EXCLUDE special needs children from the speach. Under the eyes of
GOD, we are all created equal. We choose to discriminate!!!!!! I am FURIOUS and in our next ARD meeting I will make my dissatification known. I'm also going to contact the MANSFIELD newspaper and have them run an articile on how MISD accepts funding for SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN but yet they are treated as second class citizens. I also agree with the previous bloggers about NOT being given the option to "opt" out....we signed the permission slip for our boys to view the speach and I will print a permission slip off line and send iy with my daughter and I will be present at the school at the time of the speech to see how this ordeal plays out. If you've never had a SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD then NO you cannot relate to my frustration over this matter.

Anonymous said...

MISD is catering to both sides. I think they have made a wise decision. If you want your child to watch it, sign the slip. If you don't, leave the slip unsigned. It's that simple. Everyone should be happy and instead people are making this about racism??? PLEASE!

Anonymous said...

I am amazed at the disingenuous nature of the district's statement that the "opt in" procedure a was not intended to prohibit students from hearing the President's speech. How could any reasonable person disagree with our elected leader giving a pep talk to the nation's students? The sentiments expressed in the speech were those that no conservative person would dare to disavow in any other circumstances. This kind of mindless, reflexive disrespect for the President of the United States marks what is surely a low point in this nation's history. I hope the President gives a speech to the students next year. Maybe the third time will be the charm and the District's leaders will react like the intelligent educators we expect them to be rather than as brainless lackeys for the hateful lunatics of the far right.

Anonymous said...

My daughter, in 7th grade, LOVED the speech and was inspired by it. She actually pulled out her textbooks the same night and was engaged in showing me her school work. It definitely struck a chord with her so it was well worth her watching our President's message. Her only complaint was that there were not many other students in attendance. She noticed other students who wanted to see the speech but were not allowed in because they were not on the roster. She asked me why they needed special permission to hear the president talk. How SAD....even our kids know right from wrong...what happened to the adults in this situation?