At noon September 8th, President Obama has announced that he intends to deliver a national address to all school children of America. See this excerpt from the US Department of Education website:
"At 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), September 8, 2009, President Barack Obama will deliver a national address to the students of America. (Please note that this is a change from the originally scheduled time.) 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."
The plan is to interrupt school work at this time and watch this address together as a class. We received notice today that our school will not be participating and school will go on as usual on Sept. 8th.
This is the email we received regarding this issue:
President Barack Obama will be addressing students across the nation at noon on September 8, 2009.
While we realize the historic nature of this speech, (name of school omitted) School District would like to avoid interrupting the academic program for this last-minute request.
For your convenience, we will provide a direct link to the speech on our home page. This will allow families to view the speech with their own children at their own convenience.
Were you aware of this? Is your school participating? Do you believe our children should be exposed to political addresses in school regardless if it's presented by Republican or Democrat? What are your thoughts? Let the debate begin...
After reading some of the comments regarding the post speech curriculum in question, I located it so you may read for more information: