Friday, September 04, 2009

So.. Who's Raising YOUR kids?

"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." -Vladimir Ilyich Lenin-
The St. Cloud school system, in particular, Technical High School, has seen it fit to air the Obama indoctrination address. From an email to parents and media from the St. Cloud Superintendent:
The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their 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 receives the best
education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.
What Superintendent Steve Jordahl conveniently fails to mention is the agenda, behind the agenda:

Students in grades pre-K-6, for example, are encouraged to "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals."

Teachers are also given guidance to tell students to "build background knowledge about the president of the United States by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama."

During the speech, "teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful."

For grades 7-12, the Department of Education suggests teachers prepare by excerpting quotes from Obama's speeches on education for their students to contemplate -- and ask as questions such as "Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us?" [All that's missing is an altar and an incense burner--Ed]

Admittedly, All was not lost in terms of educational value for those who would read Jordahl's tome. After all, he gave his readers an excellent lesson in dripping condescension:
There is some push back by some that this speech will be an indoctrination
speech on liberal values. Parents may be contacting our local schools and demanding that the web broadcast not be seen by their children or they will keep their children out of school. Expect the hype on this to build over the long weekend.
Forgive us, Mr. Jordahl, if we're just a mite bit suspicious over the intentions of a President who throughout his life surrounded himself with radicals with hatred in their hearts for the America of our founding. Forgive us assholes, Mr. Jordahl, if we don't quite trust a man who would appoint an avowed communist to a position of considerable power in Washington. Forgive the great unwashed, Mr. Jordahl, for being just a tad bit leery for a man who in his life has freely associated with domestic terrorists (no, not the kind who attend TEA parties, the kind that really blow things up!)

But that' just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. While Mr. Jordahl found it fit, in the name of education, of course, to air a leftist propaganda piece that would make Josef Goebbels sport a woody, the very same Mr. Jordahl somehow couldn't find it within himself to allow our 6th District Congresswoman, Michele Bachmann, to utilize the St. Cloud Tech High School gym for a Townhall Meeting. On a Saturday.

No agenda here. Nothing to see here. But Mr. Jordahl explains:
This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation's school children about persisting and succeeding in school.
Wrong again, sycophant-breath:

President George H.W. Bush gave an address to schools nationwide in 1991, from a junior high school in Washington, D.C. News reports from the time said the White House hoped that the address would be shown at schools nationwide, and Bush began his remarks by saying he was talking to "millions" of students "in classrooms all across the country."

So, even though Mr. Jordahl sees nothing wrong with subjecting our kids to taken with the accompanying lesson plans, what amounts to pure propaganda; yet he has difficulty with allowing space to be utilized for an elected congresswoman's mandate to allow herself access to her constituents.

So, parents. Are you comfortable with who's raising YOUR kids?