Obama to Address Vermont Schools
Today, Vermont's Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca issued a statement in advance of Tuesday's planned speech by Pres. Barack Obama to the nation's schoolchildren.
The department has received calls from parents complaining about the planned speech, said Jill Remick, a department spokeswoman.
Nationally, some parents and conservative talk show hosts have complained that Obama's speech is designed as some form of Communist indoctrination.
"We have gotten about a dozen calls, which is actually a lot for a specific topic like this, especially one that we don’t actually control," said Remick. "We don’t know of any districts in Vermont who will not air it."
Here is Vilaseca's letter:
Dear Principals and Superintendents,
President Barack Obama will be delivering an address to our nation’s children on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. This address will be broadcast through the White House website and televised on the public affairs network of C-SPAN. According to the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, “The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.” The President will also call for shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens. I support the message the President is conveying to the students of Vermont.
I encourage you to participate and give your students the opportunity to hear the President of the United States deliver a motivational message to help students succeed in school.
However, the decision is a local decision that needs to be made by you as superintendents and
I'm sure Glenn Beck et al will be monitoring the speech for subliminal messages so we don't have to.