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School speech backlash builds

Posted By admin On September 4, 2009 @ 4:37 am In Featured Stories,U.S. News | Comments Disabled

NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON
Politico [1]
Friday, Sept 4, 2009

School districts from Maryland to Texas are fielding angry complaints from parents opposed to President Barack Obama’s back-to-school address Tuesday – forcing districts to find ways to shield students from the speech as conservative opposition to Obama spills into the nation’s classrooms.

The White House says Obama’s address is a sort of pep talk for the nation’s schoolchildren. But conservative commentators have criticized Obama for trying to “indoctrinate” students to his liberal beliefs, and some parents call it an improper mix of politics and education.

“The gist is, ‘I want to see what the president has to say before you expose it to my child.’ Another said, ‘This is Marxist propaganda.’ They are very hostile,” said Patricia O’Neill, a Democrat who is vice president

of the Montgomery County School Board, in a district that borders Washington, D.C. “I think it’s disturbing that people don’t want to hear the president, but we live in a diverse society.”

The White House moved Thursday to quell the controversy. First it revised an Education Department lesson plan that drew the ire of conservatives because it called for students to write letters about how they can help the president.

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[4] Obama Uses Teleprompters During Speech at Elementary School: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-uses-teleprompters-during-speech-at-elementary-school.html

[5] Report: School district scanned children’s eyes for bus program without permission: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-school-district-scanned-childrens-eyes-for-bus-program-without-permission.html

[6] Belvidere School District adopts random drug testing for middle school students: http://www.prisonplanet.com/belvidere-school-district-adopts-random-drug-testing-for-middle-school-students.html

[7] Tracking devices used in school badges: http://www.prisonplanet.com/tracking-devices-used-in-school-badges.html

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