My letter of outrage went out this morning. Hope they don't bomb my house....
I certainly hope that the Galveston Daily News is going to give print and equal time to those of us who are outraged by Texas school districts at the decision to ban, in effect, Obama's attempt to encourage and challenge our students.
"Districts in Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Virginia and Texas are telling reporters they won't show Obama's speech to students on Tuesday. (I'd urge parents of kids in those districts to protest by keeping their kids home, except liberals value education too much to do that.)" (Joan Walsh appears regularly on msm political reviews:Joan Walsh at Salon.com)
Letters across the state went out to parents on Thursday outlining Obama's message next Tuesday giving a glowing review of its contents:
"According to Arne Duncan, US Dept of Education, The President will challenge the students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their own learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school district receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding, productive lives as American citizens."
The letters then go on to state that the speech is going to be 'made available' online after they've taped it live on Tuesday. Yes, teachers will be able to use and show the speech to their classes with advance parent notification. Objecting parents and students will be given alternative assignments.
Why laud the contents of the speech, then go about soft-peddling the fact that they refuse to air an address by the President of the United States in real time? Shame on Texas.
What are these states and districts afraid of? Go to any Teacher's Lounge and listen to dedicated educators who are deeply saddened by this decision. No doubt, it's over 50%....
Who censors the message as outlined by Arne Duncan? Did a directive come from our illustrious, secessionist governor's office?
Did these districts receive a 'talking points memo' before they sent the letters to make sure the entire state is on the same, Red, boycotting page?
Are the districts afraid that a handful of students will be absent? Or that if they decided to air it in real time, it would be in conflict with the governor's revolutionary agenda?
Have they caved in to pressure by only one side? Or is it yet another form of veiled racism?
Should the parents who support the upcoming message from the President and find it positive, much-needed reinforcement keep their children home if it ISN'T aired?
Did they do the same thing when George the First addressed our school children in 1991? No. Why is that?
Texas, along with the other five states, once again, appear as laughing stocks to the rest of the world.
It's a sad state of affairs in this country when a handful of Oppositionists push their political agendas on the backs of our children and at the expense of the 40% of Texans who oppose them.
Shame on us.