Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Back to School

We had a nice, quiet Labor Day weekend, staying home and letting the kids relax after a long week at school. The transition out of summer vacation is hard on them.

Today, I was SO HAPPY to have them go back to school, so that I didn't have hear, "MOMMY!" every 10-30 minutes.

Also, I was happy to let them go to school and be addressed by the President. I am still floored that people are so afraid of Obama that they don't even want their children to hear him. I was no fan of President Bush, but I would not have kept my children home just to shield my children from him. Which is what some of our neighbors did today.

Before I heard of the controversy, I thought Obama's speech would make students feel important, since he was addressing them, and maybe inspire them to take more interest in current events. Today I was glad to hear Laura Bush spoke out in favor of the speech.

Anna's class heard the speech; Colin's did not. What happened at your school?


ColeBugsmommy said...

The school in Kyle got to choose and same with Cole's, but hardly anyone actually played it. Parents were too mad. I don't get it either.

Anonymous said...

Didn't seem like a big deal to me. Of course, I don't know that it had any effect. Students that needed to hear the message about studying hard and staying in school likely didn't pay attention, and those who already know the importance of a good education didn't need to hear it.

Sinda said...

No TV at our school. Asinine people (not our school :) )

Emily said...

I think it's absolutely ridiculous that people were so up in arms about this. Don't we have more important issues to worry about, people?

peevish said...

They didn't let the kids at our school hear the speech, but the principal sent a note home encouraging parents to watch a replay with their kids. It wasn't a political choice, it just would have been hard to work it into the busy schedule. And honestly I think the speech probably would have more relevance for middle- and high-school kids.

Anonymous said...

..Doesn't make sense to me,Jennifer! I like Obama ..:)


Anonymous said...

Our district will play it in the schools (next week, I think, giving parents time to see it first) and if they choose they can send in a signed letter opting their kids out (kids would sit in the library during that time). My daughter's 7th grade social studies class will include a discussion specifically about the [ridiculous] controversy.