When I first heard of President Obama's planned speech to all students, I didn't think much of it. I imagined he'd say things like "Don't do drugs! Stay in school!" Of course, maybe I'm getting Obama confused with Mr. T.
But after reading more on this on blog posts from the Cato Institute, John Lott, and Charles Murray, watching the celebrity video with Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore linking Obama to everything good, and especially after reading the lesson plans put out by the White House, I'm going to have to agree with the sentiment that this is "creepy."
(I would also agree that Obama's sentiments don't reflect the policies he is pursuing at the demand of the NEA, including killing the DC opportunity scholarship program)
According to the White House, younger students should ask:
Why is it important that we listen to the president and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important? ... What do you think the president wants us to do? Does the speech make you want to do anything? Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?High school students are instructed to think about:
Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us? ... Is President Obama inspiring you to do anything? Is he challenging you to do anything?In that vein, I would like to pose the following questions to PolicyBlog readers:
- How did Nathan Benefield inspire you today?
- Does this blog post make you want you to do anything?
- What do you like best about me?