I will be the first to admit that I am not a political person. I don't like or understand it. Politics to me are confusing as well as maddening especially when there is so much political bashing. I will also be the first to tell you that I did not vote for Obama, and I don't necessarily believe he is the right one for the job of being our President. However, he is the President and I believe we as a country need to work harder in finding ways we can work TOGETHER rather than working so hard in finding ways to DIVIDE our country even more.
That said, I have read several of your blog posts or comments on Facebook regarding the Presidential Speech to our school children. Most of you are in an uproar about him speaking to our children. You are even suggesting that you will keep your children home from school and have made it very clear to everyone that you think we should all keep are children home from school and not allow them to listen to what he has to say.
I DISAGREE! First of all, I want my children to be able to form their own opinions of such things. But this is what I don't understand, why wouldn't you want your children or any other child to hear this message?
Excerpts from President Obama's Message to School Children:
"We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems," Obama said. "If you don't do that — if you quit on school — you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country."
In the prepared remarks, Obama tells young people that all the work of parents, educators and others won't matter "unless you show up to those schools, pay attention to those teachers."
"At the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents and the best schools in the world, and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities."
"I expect great things from each of you," he said. "So don't let us down — don't let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it."
Come on Folks, what are you afraid of?
In my opinion, every child needs to hear this. A child can hear this same message over and over again from his parents, siblings, friends and not get it. But a person, such as the President who is in a very powerful leadership position, telling our kids about his failures growing up and what it takes to become a successful person may just be the one person that your child will listen to. It may be this one message that may change your childs attitude and will want to make him/her strive to reach their goals and become a better person.
That is all I have to say. I am anxious to hear your thoughts and/or opinion(s) regarding this topic. Please do share!