Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Obama's Speech to Kids: You Shouldn't be Worried
The fact that the President of the United States is making a speech directly to and directed at secondary and high school students is not something we should be too worried about. Afterall, do we think that he can deliver a message in 18 minutes that will forever negatively influence our children for the rest of their lives? If so, we are doing a pretty crummy job as parents.
First of all, it is the President speaking, not just Mr. Obama. This should be a memorable experience for children to have the President of the United States directly address them, and yes remember for the rest of their lives.
Second, his message (as published ahead of time... smart move! Just like every other major speech he gives...) is primary directed at not quitting and not quitting school. Seems like a pretty good subject to be addressing.
Third, even if we are afraid that his phenomenoal starlike charisma will transform our students into a left leaning zombies... (like many adults during the last election) then please see my introductory point about being an effective parent.
The thing that is nice about children is their openness to ideas. That means the time they spend at home is an opportunity to hear YOUR ideas. Oh, and that shouldn't be, "Obama is bad don't listen to him..."; but rather take the opportunity to talk about what his policies and behaviors are. You know, like... maybe a lesson on free enterprise rather than government control... the idea that failure is as much a part of life and business cycles as is success.
If you think that is too hard to do, then you have already given up on the future of your children and have already given over to the school system, their friends, and the media the task of educating them. I hope those who will be denying their children the opportunity to hear the President are as "selective" about the TV, magazines, books, video games, music and movies they allow their children to be exposed to. (Maybe I don't...)
If that is too daunting a task to control everything the kids are exposed to... maybe the right thing to do is to talk to our kids about what they are bombarded with and give them our ideas and views on the merits or demerits of those things.
Hmmm... talking with our children, communicating our values and ideas with them... a novel idea indeed.