By Donald A. Moskowitz
September 10, 2009
Obama beamed a speech into our schools all across the country. Although the speech was marketed as non-political and encouraged students to do well in school, it set a current precedent for future speeches by Obama to our students. It can be construed as unduly influencing our educational system with more government interference in our daily lives and should be considered an invasion of privacy.
The original lesson plans that were supposed to accompany the speech recommended students "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the President." This was designed as a program for Obama to have direct contact with our youths across the country, and therein bypassing parents. Obama might be trying to impact our youth with his philosophy, and build his constituency with millions of high school students who will be eligible to vote in 2012.
Thankfully, many school districts refused to air the speech in an attempt to keep government intrusion out of our educational system.
Note: President George H. W. Bush and President Reagan intruded in the schools when they spoke to students.
Donald A. Moskowitz
Received September 10, 2009 - Published September 10, 2009
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