Well no, thank you, White House; I do NOT need you to make my lesson plans for me next Tuesday. We will NOT be watching Dear Leader on the classroom television monitor. The inauguration was more than enough, thank you. In my class, we will be discussing and quizzing on Chapters 7 - 10 of To Kill a Mockingbird that day.
The suggested list of activities for Obama's speech to school children includes:
As the President speaks, teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful. Students could use a note-taking graphic organizer such as a Cluster Web, or students could record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children can draw pictures and write as appropriate. As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following: What is the President trying to tell me? What is the President asking me to do? What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?
I realize this is a PreK-6 lesson plan (and there are more "activities" at the link), but isn't this odd? Have children "draw pictures" and free associate to the speech? Where's the civics lesson? What's he going to talk about? How long will he talk? If I'm planning a lesson, I'd need to know this.
It's got my creepy-meter dinging off the charts.
And the old question - what if Bush did this?
Michelle Malkin links to the wacko liberal teacher video that was circulating a while back - the one that berated a child for pulling for John McCain during the election. Is this the kind of teacher we want to turn loose with this "lesson plan"?
Pundette read through the comments following the posting of the "lesson plans" and finds that many parents will be keeping their children home that day rather than subject them to what they see as indoctrination. It bolsters the case for home schooling, I'd say.
I'm not sure what the purpose of this speech is, or what he's trying to accomplish. Children, especially elementary school children, are so easily manipulated and this just seems weird to me that he's going to televise himself into their classrooms to deliver WHAT message? Public service? Study hard? That's fine, I guess, but it's weird. Is it a manifestation of his massive ego that he thinks he personally must deliver this message via this speech rather than let his example of public service speak for him?
Oh wait. That example of service isn't working out so well, is it?
All I know is that in my classroom there is an "off" button on my TV and OFF it will be. We will be engaged in other, more scholarly endeavors.