President Barack Obama spoke with school children around the nation today, but not without opposition. In a nearly 2,400 word, 18-minute long speech, President Obama told the nation’s students he “expects great things” from each of them.
From Wakefield High School in Virginia, the president told children to be encouraged to stay in school. However, this speech did not come without opposition from various conservative groups that said it took away from proper class time. The question among states was: “To see or not to see?” As South Carolina is a predominately red state, several Lowcountry residents called into a popular talk-show and gave their opinions, and despite the “color” of the state, most callers didn’t show much opposition. Read transcript of the president’ speech.
“It’s important to use this as a teaching moment, and we did that with our first grader and told her “mom and dad didn’t vote for Barack Obama, but he is our president and we need to listen to what he has to say,” but in this country, if we don’t agree, we can say so, which is a great thing about the country.”
“For one, if your parenting skills are so sorry, that a 20-minute speech is going to destroy everything you have taught, I don’t understand.”
“The problem that I had was the agenda that was sent out. No administration that’s ever discussed anything with our children has basically led an outline for how it is supposed to be taught by our teachers.”
The Washington Post reports the speech drew criticism originally because it urged students to write a letter to themselves about what they can do to help the president. That was changed to urge students to write a letter to themselves about what education goals they can achieve in a short-term and long-term period.
In York County, one school district chose to wait for the webcast, instead of airing the address live. York School District One Superintendent Vernon Prosser says after reviewing the president’s prepared remarks, the message is on point, but from a logistical standpoint, does not fit into the school day.
Prosser says he wanted to preview the speech and use it in a more effective way as they work with students on setting goals and working in the classroom. “Our goal is for all students to graduate from York One being prepared for college. In order to do that, you really have to focus on the books and do a great job in the classroom,” he says.
Prosser earlier sent a letter to parents saying quote, “Information regarding the web cast is vague and unspecific.”