Rep. John Kline (Minn.), the ranking Republican on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee, and House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.) urged the early release of the text in a letter to the White House on Wednesday, saying parents and teachers should have ample time to review the president's words before deciding if children should hear them. - The Washington PostNo. Simply no. If the President wants to talk to students, he gets to talk to students. Did anyone ask the parents of those kids in Florida if they wanted a story read to them by George Bush?
For that matter, do parents get a say when Congressmembers and state legislators visit classrooms every year, sometimes handing out campaign materials? No. And they shouldn't. Parents do not have an absolute right to raise their children in any way they please. They cannot, for example, raise them to go around throwing stones at women who don't cover their calves - that's assault. When you choose to send your kids to public schools, you know they're probably going to be exposed to things you don't like. Barack Obama is President of the United States, and the children of America overwhelmingly supported him last year. He has not just a right, but a responsibility to serve as an example for today's kids. He's doing that.
Trying to keep kids from seeing or hearing President Obama speak is not going to make him less of our President, and it's not going to help the kids either.
Loudoun officials sent a note to principals Tuesday advising them to keep their first-day schedules intact. "We have got way too much to do that day," said School Board Chairman Robert F. DuPree Jr. "Loudoun County Public Schools is not going to be interrupting the school day." - The Washington PostI get the argument, the first day of school is important. However, it seems to me that it's probably the most interruptable day of the school year. The kids aren't going to know the day is off kilter, it's the first day.