The reactionary elements in society are troubled with the glorious leaders actions as they worry that the president might use his forced audience for political indoctrination.
The learning materials issued to public schools in a lead up to the glorious leaders speech asks students to answer the following questions:
- What is President Obama inspiring you to do? What is he challenging you to do?
- What do you believe are the challenges of your generation?
- How can you be a part of addressing these challenges?
If the speech repeats partisan themes or asks children to help in partisan efforts (supporting the hugely unpopular HR3200) or to help in the struggle against the reactionary tea-baggers, then speech could be filed as political indoctrination at its worst.
There is a great deal of outrage about the speach. So, we can hope the president will tone down the speech ... or perhaps concentrate on general education themes like Laura Bush's support of reading, and guides to Internet safety.
With criticism of pre-speech materials in the air, it will be telling to see which direction Obama takes this massive media effort in the classroom.
While we wait, I offer a cheerful video by Tim Hawkins that will put a twinkle in your eye as you earn money to give to the tax guy.