Monday, 7 September 2009

Me, Me, Me: Text of Obama's School Speech Released

Today the text for President Obama's upcoming speech directed at students across America was released. This 'speech' sparked outrage among conservatives, many of whom see it as a form of indoctrination. While the fear and outrage surrounding this speech is understandable given the current political climate, people need to articulate why they have a problem with it. Previous presidents, including Bush 41 also gave nationwide speeches for students. It is not "the speech" that is a problem - it is everything surrounding it from the original lesson plans the White House issued to teachers (which have now been re-written), to the euphenisms, to the incredibly tense political climate in America at the moment.

The fact is this lesson does not end with kids watching Obama's speech. The "lesson" ends with teachers having the opportunity to put their own spin on what Obama said - and this is where the real chance for indoctrination is. I truly hope that teachers use this as an opportunity to talk to kids about their personal goals, and to reiterate that in America you can be whatever you want to be - no matter who you are or where you come from - as long as you work hard and never give up. Unfortunately for many this golden opportunity to push their own political agenda will be too great to resist.

Hot Air has the text of Obama's speech, in which he refers to himself 55 times, and to the United States 4 times. Me, Me, Me.