President Barack Obama is planning a webcast directed at the nation's school children.
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.
Apparently, this is something parents must protect their darling children against! [h/t: drdrA who asks you to crash an associated poll]
In Bryan, the end of the school day, did not mean phones in the district's administration office stopped ringing.
In a message left to the district's communication director, Sandy Farris, one parent said "I have a child in middle school and a child in elementary school and I am very concerned about the content and the intent behind President Obama's speech to kids on the 8th."
Phones were equally busy at College Station I.S.D., said Superintendent Eddie Coulson.
Really? "Very concerned"?
"If it is mandatory in every room, we will pull 'em out," said Monica Martinez, whose three children attend Bryan's Harvey Mitchell elementary, "but if they have somewhere where they can go in a separate room, then they would be allowed to stay."
While none of the College Station parents News Three spoke with wanted to keep their kids home, none of them were happy about the speech.
"I perceive this as a socialist type of move," said Tammy Canatella, whose daughter is a freshman at Consolidated High School. "This should not be a forum to promote himself or his cabinet."
"I don't understand the logic of the President of the United States addressing elementary school children. I don't know what they will get out of it," said Jeff Gardner, the father of a Consol senior.
Get a grip people. It is the President of the United States telling kids to work hard in school. This is a problem why?