Thursday, September 3, 2009

How Utah's Public School Districts Are Handling The September 8th Barack Obama Speech; KSL Poll Shows Only 20 Percent Will Keep Kids Home So Far

President Barack Obama is set to speak to directly address students across the country on September 8th at 12 P.M. Eastern Time by video link on the importance of staying in school, but school districts across the state are notifying parents and giving them the choice to have their child opt out of watching the speech.

The proposed speech, which is discussed on the Department of Education website, continues to generate controversy, with opposition coalescing in particular along Utah's Wasatch Front, where many were adversely sensitized by the decision of an elementary school principle to show the "I Pledge" video, widely considered to be an orgy of Obama-worship by a bunch of trashy, reprobate Hollywood celebrities. However, a considerable number of parents are now disclosing that they will allow their kids to attend school that day, but then closely question them about Obama's address at the end of the school day.

An unscientific poll appended to the KSL Channel 5 story on this speech shows that, out of 1,070 respondents so far, 57 percent say let them watch it, 23 percent will opt their kids out if possible, and only 20 percent will keep their kids home. A separate Salt Lake Tribune poll, available HERE, asks "Should Utah students watch President Barack Obama's education speech at school?", and out of 2,974 voted so far, 52.65 percent say Yes, 47.34 percent say No. KSL news video embedded below:

Video Courtesy of KSL.com



KSL has compiled and provided a list of how Utah's school districts intend to handle the situation. The list is current as of this post, and could change:

Handling of Pres. Obama speech by district
CountyShowing Obama Speech? Opt out option?
Salt Lake
Yes
Yes
Canyons
Yes, except elem. schools (testing)
Yes
Jordan
Yes
Yes
Granite
Yes
Yes
Davis
Yes
Yes
Alpine
Yes, in certain classes
Yes
Nebo
No
N/A
Beaver
Yes
Yes
Carbon
Yes
Yes
Daggett
No
N/A
Emery
Yes
Yes
Iron
Yes
Yes
Box Elder
Yes
Yes
Kane
Yes
Yes
Millard
No
N/A
Murray
Yes
Yes
North Sanpete
Yes
No, but notifying parents
Tintic
Yes
Yes
Morgan
No
Yes, if used in class curriculum
Wayne
Pending
Pending
Wasatch
Yes
No, but notifying parents



Typifying reaction are the following statements by people. Some parents are concerned what will be said may be offensive or too liberal for their children and are even vowing to keep their kids away, like a commenter who says, "I don't think it's appropriate (that Obama) speak to our kids. It's like someone calling my child on the phone and speaking to them without my permission."

But others say as long as there is nothing political about it, they're fine with it. "As long as he doesn't have a political agenda and just wants to get kids excited about learning and going to college and all that good stuff," says a parent. Parents KSL spoke to at West High School were more open and apathetic to the address. "I think [kids] have to listen to all things and make their own decisions," Rebecca said as she dropped her son off at school. "I think it's OK if they want to listen."

Holding students out of school for political reasons is a tactic best used selectively - and sparingly, for maximum effect. For example, holding students out of school on the Day of Silence is valid, since the only real purpose of the Day of Silence is the promotion and protection of the homosexual agenda. However, holding students out of school to avoid a Presidential address, even by one as disliked as Barack Obama, is overkill. I think that knowing the controversy involved, Obama will try to keep the speech as apolitical as possible.

2 comments:

Trisha said...

"widely considered to be an orgy of Obama-worship by a bunch of trashy, reprobate Hollywood celebrities"

You know these celebrities? Or this is an attempt to stuff your narrow minded and oversimplified world view into a story in an attempt to make it sound legitimate?

Also, Bush Sr and Reagan did this same thing. These parents make Utah look like a bunch of uneducated morons.

If a phone call from the President (and I mean any President, not jus the one's you don't like) can indoctrinate and put our children at risk, then we are failing miserably as parents.

Grow up, that's my only advice. It's sad when our children (who probably care more about recess than any of this) are acting more adult than us.

Deseret Dawg said...

I don't have to know these celebrities to know that they have never and will never reflect any of my values. What do they know about ordinary working Americans? Absolutely nothing. And most of the movies they put out are nothing but vapid garbage. Sappy romantic comedies where they're constantly groping each other.

Go back to the video and look at the comments posted by viewers. The vast majority feel as I do. You're on the wrong side of history, Trisha. The counter-revolution is in progress.