Thursday, September 03, 2009

Inspire and Educate the Obama Way

The Obama plan to glorify himself among school children has caused an uproar. Suggested activities encouraged children to write letters to themselves about what they could do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at a later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.

Teachers were 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." Wouldn't the word presidents include Barack or are they saying he's something above and beyond that?

The Department of Education suggested teachers prepare by excerpting quotes from Obama's speeches on education for their students to contemplate and ask questions such as "Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us?" The Washington Times reported today that presidential aides acknowledged they helped the U.S. Education Department write the suggested assignments. The White House last night confirmed they were revising the lesson plan that was distributed last week by the U.S. Department of Education.

"We're clarifying that language," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

Clarifying? Does this mean the children will not be required to salute Herr Obama? Will there be no government healthcare armbands? Will we not hear the militant strains of Obama uber alles?

White House aides said the language was an honest misunderstanding in what was supposed to be a inspirational, pro-education message to America's youths. We know all about your plans for inspiring and educating the youth. It's been done before. By the way Barack, do you have relatives in Argentina?

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