Today The Goon Squad’s school is celebrating Patriotic Day. They are encouraged to wear red, white and blue and they will be watching President Obama’s back to school speech.
Or I guess, most of the kids in the school will be watching it. This came home in the backpacks yesterday.
You’ve probably already seen these if you have school aged children, but I hadn’t.
I am 100% in favor of the freedom to opt out of things that you think are bad for your children, but what kind of parent signs this?
This is a speech about doing homework, responsibility and education. It was given to a group of students in Arlington. It isn’t a political diatribe. I thought the last administration was awful and the former President said a lot of things that I found personally offensive, but I would never think of stopping my children from seeing George W. Bush speak just because I disagreed with him.
One of the great things about The United States of America is freedom of speech.
Just because you disagree with your leader doesn’t mean that it is a good idea to stick your fingers in your ears, close you eyes and say LA LA LA LA LA every time he or she comes on the television. It is important that we listen to ideas that are different from our own. How else does a person make an informed decision?
And how does a child learn to think for himself?
Hate President Obama all you want, but let your child listen and then when he or she gets home you can discuss it. You can even tell your kids why you disagree, but the man is our President and the office should hold some weight. Even if you didn’t vote for him, if you live here, he is your President too.
I believe that as a parent one of my most important jobs is teaching my children how to think critically. I think that in order to do that effectively I need make sure they get enough information to form their own opinions.
I’m not crazy, I’m not going to let them watch porn or “Saw” when they are five years old, but I want them to watch that speech today. How often does The President of The United States of America address school aged children? He was talking to them.
If you signed that form what were you thinking?