Today I received the following message from our kids' high school:
West Forsyth families… this message is to inform you that President Obama will be giving a back-to-school speech on Tuesday, September 14 at 1 p.m. He gave a similar speech last year in which he encouraged students to work hard, stay in school and graduate.
The school system will be showing the President's speech again this year. If you would prefer your student not watch the speech, please send a note with him or her on Tuesday.
I truly, truly, truly don't get this. What have we come to when a back-to-school speech from the President is treated like sex-ed? And I don't say this just because it's this President. I'd say it if we were talking about either President Bush, President Clinton, President Reagan, President Carter, etc.
What's even more troubling is that these are high school kids we're talking about. I can't believe parents feel like their kids aren't mature enough to take what they hear from the President, evaluate it, discuss it and then make their own judgments.
For the record I don't really blame the school administrators; they're obviously reacting to feedback they received last year and are putting a system in place in anticipation of a similar reaction from parents this year. I'm just supremely disappointed that some members of my generation feel like they've raised kids who aren't smart enough to figure out for themselves whether or not a speech from the President is an innocuous message of encouragement, or some sort of "liberal propaganda" disguised as a back to school speech.