OK, so it's not quite that bad. At least not yet. While not rising to the level of an Obama Youth, or the Young Obama Pioneers, this is a bit disconcerting. Oh, the standard stay-in-school-work-hard boiler plate isn't so bad, though one wonders why we're wasting instructional time on it – let's face it, it's not like Obama has anything to say on the issue that hasn't been said about a thousand times before.
It's the bootlicking nature of the accompanying lesson plans that give one the willies.* Imagine the outcry if President Bush planned to give an identical speech. Think that more than ½ of 1% of teachers would follow these lesson plans in that case? We'd have nothing but NEA rent-a-mobs parading on the news for weeks.
Really – write letters asking what they can do to help the President? Like, if Mummy is listening to Rush Limbaugh, or perhaps if your parents didn't vote for the last school levy, email the White House at firstname.lastname@example.org?.
* It's not like I expected anyone to put out a lesson plan that might encourage the students to think critically about if our educational system works, or what the appropriate role for government in education might be. That kind of heretical approach is strictly verboten. While our schools have abandoned teaching facts in favor of 'critical thinking' skills, all they tend to produce is ill educated conformists.
Update: Obama aides are now scrubbing the lesson plans of references to writing letters pledging support to Dear Leader. Students are now encouraged to write letters
in support of the Great Helmsman about their personal goals. It’s amazing how the language of the cult of personality continues to drip from this administration.
The intrusive “accountability” portion still remains.
“The suggestion about writing letters has since been changed to: ‘Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.’”
Redistributed? To who?
Memo to parents: your students should be accountable to you, not some government employee.
Update II: Laying aside the “Dear Leader” and “Great Helmsman” hyperbole, Dan Riehl has some less snarky and more sensible comments, including this:
“That what once would have been a non-event is so incredibly controversial suggests to me that a great many Americans likely feel disconnected from the nation's political affairs right now, as well as extremely concerned about what the future's going to bring. The crisis Rahm suggested taking advantage of doesn't just cut one way, after all. And I doubt that any alienation, or all the concern came about from just 9 months of any one term.”