Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Steve Russell (R) Unmitigated audacity (BALLS).

“As far as I am concerned, this is not civics education — it gives the appearance of creating a cult of personality. This is something you’d expect to see in NORTH KOREA or in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq,” - Republican Senator Steve Russell said of ...

Obama’s speech to students

http://www.ardmoreite.com/news/x1595419495/Obamas-speech-to-students-causes-public-outcry?view=print

NORTH KOREA? WTF! I can't believe this Horse's Patootie (F**KFACE) has the unmitigated audacity (BALLS) to compare President Barack Obama to North Korea’s Kim Jong Il who has no empathy, sympathy or mercy for his fellow man.

(There are over 20 million North Koreans living a horrible existence. Some starve to death every day. Others are either outright killed by the government or die from the abuse of torture and are being kept in horrible prisons.)

Someone ought to string this Horse’s Patootie (F**KFACE) up by his unmitigated audacity (BALLS). Hey, I'm angry that a SENATOR (elected by we the people) would spout and sputter such hatefule words. thinkingblue


Obama's speech to students causes public outcry
By Jennifer Lindsey, Education Reporter
The Daily Ardmoreite
Posted Sep 04, 2009 @ 12:21 AM
Ardmore, OK —

President Barack Obama will address students across the nation at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

“During this special address, the president will speak directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrote in a letter to school principals.

The appropriateness of the speech is being debated by lawmakers, parents and educators across the country.

Local response has also been divided. Parents have begun to contact their school officials about the speech.

“The parents that I heard from did not want their child to watch,” Plainview High School principal Wayne Moore said.

“The majority are wanting to know if every child will get the opportunity to watch it,” said Sabra Emde, Ardmore City Schools public relations consultant.
ACS assistant principal Geneva Matlack said that watching the speech is not a partisan issue for some parents.

“You’ve got parents that are cautious and would rather watch it with their child,” she said.
According to Duncan’s letter, the Department of Education has provided suggestions for class activities “to help engage students in the address and stimulate classroom discussions about the importance of education.”

Teachers in both districts are still working on the exact plans for how the speech will be watched and discussed.

Letters are being sent home about the speech with ACS students today.

“We’re not going to make a big deal about it. We always let the parents know when we are doing something different during the school day,” Matlack said.

Matlack stressed the need to work with parents on issues.

“I just feel we have to follow the lead of the parents about their child,” Matlack said.

The letters can be signed and returned with students on Tuesday for them to be excused from watching the speech.

Plainview High School students can also be excused from watching the speech.

“If a student has written notification from parents, we will honor that certainly,” Moore said.
Oklahoma legislators are also weighing in on the president’s decision to address students.

“As an American citizen who fought for the freedoms we hold so dear, I find this approach to be alarming, and it certainly appears to have been coordinated with great care,” Republican Sen. Steve Russell said. “The President should address voters, not their children. He could encourage parents to highlight the things that find common ground in the American ideals we hold dear. His role should not be to bypass parents in the educational discussion by going directly to classrooms.”

Russell urged parents to contact their lawmakers and school officials about their objections to the speech.

“As far as I am concerned, this is not civics education — it gives the appearance of creating a cult of personality. This is something you’d expect to see in North Korea or in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq,” he said.

Democrat Rep. Joe Dorman released a statement describing the Republican legislators comments as partisan.

“I personally don’t understand how my colleagues can be passing their dissent off as non-partisan,” he said. “They would never have brought up these issues if George W. Bush orJohn McCain had wanted to speak to schoolchildren about citizenship.”

Dorman added that he believes Republican Rep. Sally Kern is creating a double-standard by her opposition of the speech.

“When a Republican state legislator visits a classroom, Sally Kern will lead the program. But a sitting President, who happens to be a Democrat, wants to talk to children about personal responsibility and staying in school, Kern is one of the first to cry foul,” he said. “Anytime an elected official wants to encourage the youth of our nation to pay attention to the process and make their own decisions, I’m all for it.”

The practice of a president speaking to students is not unprecedented. President George Bush gave a televised anti-drug speech in 1989 and President Ronald Reagan spoke to and answered questions from junior high students that was televised nationally in 1988.

Duncan’s letter, as well as links to the suggested activities can be found online at http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/academic/bts.html.

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