From the “good grief” files comes word that conservatives are up in arms over President Obama’s planned address to schoolchildren next Tuesday.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is encouraging schools across the nation to show the address in classrooms. Well, now a South Sound school district administrator says the calls are starting to roll in from parents who object to their children listening to the president speak about the importance of education.
According to Duncan’s memo, Obama “will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning.” You know, the stuff of socialist ideology and a call to youth arms to marshal help in passing his legislative agenda.
Some parents are asking whether school administrators are going to allow equal time for the “other side.” The other side of “work hard” and “get an education?” Who would school districts invite? Gang leaders? Drug dealers?
UPDATE: Editorial pages around the country are starting to get flooded with letters from people urging parents to opt their kids out of viewing the speech. One Nevada editorial page editor put it better than I did: “So, we used to tell our kids that if they worked hard they could grow up to be president. Now we’re supposed to tell that they should be afraid of the president. I don’t think I have the words to describe this paranoia.”