President Barack Obama's planned address to America's schoolchildren Tuesday morning has kicked up controversy in Routt County, too.

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President Barack Obama's planned address to America's schoolchildren Tuesday morning has kicked up controversy in Routt County, too.

Routt County schools prepare for Obama speech

Steamboat allows optional viewing of Obama speech; South Routt lets teachers decide

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— Routt County's three public school districts are taking individual approaches to handling President Barack Obama's live broadcast of a speech this morning to America's schoolchildren.

The controversy surrounding Obama's speech has been most apparent in the Steamboat Springs School District, where officials reported receiving numerous calls from parents who didn't want their children to be forced to watch it, as well as calls from parents who hoped the district would make it available for all students to see it.

Instead of having the broadcast air live in district classrooms, Superintendent Shalee Cunningham is making the speech available in each school's media center.

In an e-mail Monday to the Pilot & Today, Cunningham said Obama's speech also will be recorded for teachers who want to use it at a later date. The video of Obama's speech also will be linked to from the district's Web site to allow children to watch it with their parents tonight.

Controversy about Obama's speech swelled nationally late last week after the White House posted on its Web site lesson plans teachers could use to coincide with the address, to be aired live at 10 a.m. today on C-SPAN and at www.WhiteHouse.gov. One of the original lesson plans suggested that students "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president." That line fueled speculation among conservatives that Obama was using the speech for political purposes. The White House called the controversy "silly," and stressed that the speech is to encourage children to take their education seriously.

However, the White House also acknowledged the poor wording of the suggested lesson plan activity and has since revised it to ask students to consider writing "letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short- and long-term education goals." Visit Steamboatpilot.com to see the suggested lesson plans issued by the White House and U.S. Department of Education.

On Monday, Steamboat Springs Middle School Principal Tim Bishop said teachers who want to use the videotaped speech for a future classroom lesson would send a permission slip home with students for their parents to sign. Bishop said it will be up to teachers whether to use the lesson plans provided by the White House.

Bishop said the district's decision to make the speech available in media centers wasn't a knee-jerk reaction to complaints from parents.

"We just tried to reach the best compromise, I believe, for all parties involved," Bishop said, adding that he thinks students should have access to the address but that watching it shouldn't be mandatory.

Jack Taylor, chairman of the Routt County Republican Central Committee and former state senator from Steamboat, said he initially was nervous about the contents of Obama's speech.

Taylor said it's one thing if the speech were designed to be a pep talk about the advantages of going to school, working hard and getting an education, but another for the president to discuss policy and tell schools what to do.

"Parents should have the right to withhold their students from going to that class if they so desire," Taylor said. "Parents should have the last say about how their kids are educated. They should have that ability without any consequences."

The White House released a transcript of Obama's speech Monday. The address focuses on students taking responsibility for their own educations. Similar speeches to students were given by former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Catherine Carson, of the Routt County Democratic Party, said she was disappointed the school district was politicizing something that was non-political by allowing optional viewing of the address.

"What's happening nationwide - and certainly unfortunate to see happen in Steamboat - a very loud and small minority is trying to out-shout the voices of the majority who want a polite discussion on the issues."

Carson said she hoped the district would reconsider its stance and make viewing Obama's speech easier for students.

South Routt and Hayden

South Routt Superintendent Scott Mader said it will be up to individual teachers to decide whether their classes watch the live broadcast this morning. It's also up to teachers whether to use the White House lesson plans.

According to the text of Obama's speech, he encourages students to take responsibility for their own education by showing up to school, paying attention to teachers, listening to parents, grandparents and other adults, and putting in the hard work to succeed and become future leaders.

"That's a positive message from the president, and I support that," Mader said. "I'd support that no matter who the president is."

Mader said he did not receive any calls from parents, nor did he hear about any calls made to the district's principals.

Today is the first day of the school year for Hayden students, and Superintendent Greg Rockhold said they would be far too busy to watch the presidential address live. Rockhold said the district would download and archive the speech. At a later date, Rockhold said students, with permission from their parents, would be able to access the speech, and teachers also could use it during lessons, when appropriate.

Rockhold said he received only one call about Obama's address to schoolchildren and it wasn't positive or negative, just a question about whether the district would show it.

- To reach Jack Weinstein, call 871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@steamboatpilot.com

Speech transcript

Source: WhiteHouse.gov

Hello everyone - how's everybody doing today? I'm here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we've got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I'm glad you all could join us today.

I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it's your first day in a new school, so it's understandable if you're a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you're in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could've stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.

I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn't have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday at 4:30 in the morning.

Now I wasn't too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I'd fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I'd complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, "This is no picnic for me either, buster."

So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I'm here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I'm here because I want to talk with you about your education and what's expected of all of you in this new school year.

Now I've given a lot of speeches about education. And I've talked a lot about responsibility.

I've talked about your teachers' responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.

I've talked about your parents' responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don't spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.

I've talked a lot about your government's responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren't working where students aren't getting the opportunities they deserve.

But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.

And that's what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.

Every single one of you has something you're good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That's the opportunity an education can provide.

Maybe you could be a good writer maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.

And no matter what you want to do with your life I guarantee that you'll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You're going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can't drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You've got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.

And this isn't just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you're learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.

You'll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You'll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You'll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.

We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don't do that if you quit on school you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country.

Now I know it's not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.

I get it. I know what that's like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn't always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn't fit in.

So I wasn't always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I'm not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.

But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn't have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.

Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don't have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there's not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don't feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren't right.

But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you've got going on at home that's no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That's no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That's no excuse for not trying.

Where you are right now doesn't have to determine where you'll end up. No one's written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.

That's what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.

Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn't speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.

I'm thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who's fought brain cancer since he was three. He's endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer hundreds of extra hours to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he's headed to college this fall.

And then there's Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and she's on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.

Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell aren't any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same.

That's why today, I'm calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you'll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you'll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you'll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you'll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don't feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.

Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.

I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work -- that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you're not going to be any of those things.

But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won't love every subject you study. You won't click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won't necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.

That's OK. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who've had the most failures. JK Rowling's first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, "I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

These people succeeded because they understand that you can't let your failures define you you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn't mean you're a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn't mean you're stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.

No one's born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You're not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don't hit every note the first time you sing a song. You've got to practice. It's the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it's good enough to hand in.

Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don't know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.

And even when you're struggling, even when you're discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you don't ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.

The story of America isn't about people who quit when things got tough. It's about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.

It's the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.

So today, I want to ask you, what's your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?

Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I'm working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you've got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don't let us down don't let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

Comments

freerider 4 years, 10 months ago

Chem trails , do you have a Swastika tatooed to your forehead..?? cuz you have got to be the biggest racist in Routt County...every chance you get to stick a fork in Obama you do it. The U.S.A. IS JUST DOING WHAT IT ALWAYS DOES...WE HIRED A BLACK MAN TO CLEAN UP THE MESS...

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stillinsteamboat 4 years, 10 months ago

Good one Freeridahhhh. It's a speach about encouraging our children to be all they can be. How is this at all political unless there is a subliminal message. Oh that's it.

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Anne Barounos 4 years, 10 months ago

An inspiring message, well aimed at teenage kids, without any political bias -- this should be broadcast live to all students in the District, in order to underline the message that education is the key to success in America.

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upstream 4 years, 10 months ago

Right on South Routt Superintendant Mader for making an educated and patriotic decision! Spoken like a true leader.

Teachers must be free to teach and, hopefully, they will encourage all of their students to listen to the words of our American leaders and think critically about what they hear.

This is OUR president speaking to our young people about being all they can be to help our great country- What parent in their right mind would choose to keep their youngster from hearing these words of wisdom from a very accomplished scholar?

'the cost of censoring what our children learn is children who are no more intelligent than we are' a great guiding mantra for all educators and parents.

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Brian Kotowski 4 years, 10 months ago

As one who voted against Obama (the GOP gave me precious little to vote FOR), I thinks it's a perfectly acceptable message. Don't know how inspiring it is, but it's chock full of solid values we can all get behind. My fellow conservatives with their twisted knickers need to grow up. There is a bottomless supply of reasons to oppose the President. This isn't one of them.

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StopTheBrutalChemtrails 4 years, 10 months ago

He's the perfect idol for the children of our community, he speaks so eloquently when he lies that it's hard to tell that he's lying, if all the kids listen, learn and be responsible citizens for our great dictatorial king, then maybe someday they will grow up to be successful corrupt officials like their idolized fuhrer.

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seeuski 4 years, 10 months ago

Why do the left always fall back on the race card? How small. The fact that Obama had to change his speech from the propaganda that it was to what it is today is due to people becoming outraged by it. He was going to have students write a paper on how we can help the president succeed. That's not propaganda? They were going to be required to read a book by Obama. That is not propaganda? When George H.W. Bush made a similar speech from a DC school in 1991 the left attacked him and held Congressional hearings so give us a break with the race card already.

"When Bush spoke to students, Democrats investigated, held hearings"By: Byron York Chief Political Correspondent 09/08/09 7:11 AM EDT http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/When-Bush-spoke-to-students-Democrats-investigated-held-hearings-57694347.html

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housepoor 4 years, 10 months ago

Seeuski, So where did you get this info that he had a much different version?

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untamedShrewd 4 years, 10 months ago

OMG! I just saw the speech...Gotcha! Be afraid, be very very afraid. Your oppressed kids might just learn something. Extremists fear education because it breaks down the barriers of oppression.

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untamedShrewd 4 years, 10 months ago

why not show it in the classrooms and have the handful of oppressed right wing kids sit in the media center. The media centers at the schools are too small to seat the majority of out Foxed kids.

"Let me know how you're doing. Write me a letter--and I'm serious about this one--write me a letter about ways you can help us achieve our goals. I think you know the address." Obama said this? No, this was from a speech broadcast live to school classrooms nationwide by former President Bush (senior) in 1991.

This outrage about the speech is just plain Stupid!

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Troutguy 4 years, 10 months ago

So, let me get this straight. Pres. Bush made a very similar speech back in '91, and the Dems got their panties in a bunch. The Rupublicans couldn't understand what all the fuss was about and were offended at the backlash. Here we are 18 years later, Pres. Obama makes a speech to our schoolkids and the Republicans are getting their panties twisted in knots and make a big stink about it. And their reasoning, according to a post made earlier, was because Dems made a stink in '91, so it's o.k. to do the same back. Grow up!! Seeuski, not sure if you read the last paragraph of the link you posted. Here it is. "Lost in all the denouncing and investigating was the fact that Bush's speech itself, like Obama's today, was entirely unremarkable." Someone needs to stand up and be the better person here.

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seeuski 4 years, 10 months ago

I can read Trout, Obama had a much different version before the backlash of Parents, not Republicans, voiced anger at the desire of Obama to have kids write letters as a school project on how to help Obama achieve his agenda and to also read up on Obama, so his current version has been diluted but there still is a workbook. Lets see, after the Van Jones brew haha and the Labor Day speech at the AFL-CIO event promising the further unionization of our private enterprises along with the turn in your neighbor snitch line at the White House people should not question the motives of this mans agenda here? I guess it's unAmerican. And no Senate hearings have been called for by the Republicans as was the actions of the Dems in 1991.

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StopTheBrutalChemtrails 4 years, 10 months ago

Mr. President, You promised to abolish the Patriot Act and then voted to re-authorize it. You pledged to end warrantless wire tapping against the American people and now energetically defend it. You decried the practice of rendition and now continue it. You promised over and over again on the campaign trail, that you would end the practice of indefinite detention and instead, you have expanded it to permanent detention of "detainees" without trial. This far exceeds the outrages of the former administration.

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JLM 4 years, 10 months ago

Perhaps what is so remarkable about this "non-event" is its absolute inconsequential nature. I wish my President would focus on larger issues which are solely within the purview of the Federal Government and his job.

Education is a local matter and a State matter not a Federal matter.

This whole fiasco amounts to a "pep talk" --- hey, I hope he reminds them to clean their rooms, take care of their pets, go to church and to obey their parents. Sheesh!

The economy, three wars, crazy Czars like Van Jones --- maybe a bit of time there might be well-spent just now.

This is a typical example of the President's lack of gravitas and inexperience. Oh, yeah, also because he's black! LOL

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mmjPatient22 4 years, 10 months ago

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to politics. If you hold on to a hope that some day, maybe, a politician might be true to his/her word, you might want to go have a psychiatric evaluation. Truth and integrity in politics, especially in American politic, have seemingly become a thing of legend or something that old timers talk about in the past tense. Can you imagine what the founding forefathers would say about the state of our government and it's politics?

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jimmmmmm 4 years, 10 months ago

Much different speech than the original one, Seeuski? You mean the one where he turns all school children into Socialists, and sells them on the Public Option. Yeah right. Fear monger! Bet you got that from Fox News-and let me guess, you have absolutely no proof of what your stating.

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Magpie 4 years, 10 months ago

This is the President of the US. Sad that we are treating him like an internet stalker who might say something lurid to our children while we are not listening. No matter what the political party, the President deserves a modicum of respect and that message that our nation needs an educated populous is always important. Hearing this from the President can have a different impact on a child then hearing it from his/her parents/teachers/etc. has. I told my children they could go listen to it at school and that we would have it recorded at home to listen to together tonight.

And I love that parents are the most upset about this when we have little idea what is actually being said to our children each day in class. If parents are going to get in an uproar bout what their kids hear in school, they should demand to know the curriculum, read the textbooks, sit in on class occasionally and talk to their kids about what they are being taught.

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Fred Duckels 4 years, 10 months ago

You lefties should start talk shows, with your logic and wisdom, making millions would be like falling off a log.

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Jeff_Kibler 4 years, 10 months ago

So, Looney Tunes Farting Orifice, Fred's at least good at something. You are obviously good for nothing.

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Duke_bets 4 years, 10 months ago

Fred - Did you read the actual speech or just spout off. A president speaking to children about the importance of education, respecting teachers, and respecting ones self is probably a good thing. You turn the forum into a political agenda.

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Duke_bets 4 years, 10 months ago

Jeff - You're a perfect example why a person should post anonymously. It's seems like the keyboard was well ahead of the brain.

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bigfatdog 4 years, 10 months ago

Obviously the real issue with Obama's educational speech has less to do with motivating our children and more to do with what the president's policies are and will be doing to our country. Oct 31,2008, five days before he was elected, Obama looked into a tv cameras and said these words, " we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the united states of america." Now he is fulfilling his pledge. so we should not be shocked. he also promised transparency, bi-partisanship and all new legislation would be on the internet before being passed. he rammed 1073 page, $789 billion stimlus bill so fast, even congress did not read. Let's see how our children think of Obama, when their generation is having to repay his actions and their standard of living is 30% less? he has placed government control of insurance, auto, major financial institutions. All with limited oversight. he appointed 30 czars aka "special advisors" who answer to no one but him. not to Congress!! but we the people are paying their salaries, their offices and their staff??go look up the background and philosophies of the majority of these individuals, if you want to be truly shocked!! And these are the type of people, the president has surrounding him as advisors. Self proclaimed socialists, who praise Chavez's takeover of Venezuela or E Emanuel's (health advisor) writings about the problem with medicine and Doctor's Hippocratic Oath. Emanual states doctors duty should be for greater good society and less about patient needs. Nobody wants to admit there may be an agenda to fundamentally transform this country but it is time we started paying attention because it may happening. We, Americans, want to believe the government will do what is best for us, we don't need to get involved but it is time we become educated, take responsibility and get involved.

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Duke_bets 4 years, 10 months ago

bigfatdog - You actually checked Sarah Palin's name on the ballot. Think about that.

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Jeff_Kibler 4 years, 10 months ago

Duke - I actually appreciate the fact that you can compose a sentence. I read many posts and want to scream "Stop the brutal run-on sentences!" However, you berate people for their grammar/spelling mistakes. Here's a quote from above: "and respecting ones self is probably a good thing." The proper usage is "one's self" or "oneself." How about your improper usage of "verses" that should have been "versus?" BTW, LTFO should be capable of defending himself/herself.

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seeuski 4 years, 10 months ago

To all my friends who think I am making up the idea that Obama changed his speech and workbook from the original version, I read it on the Dept. of Ed web site last week and guess what? It's been cleaned up quite a bit. I can't find the original text that was released last week but I have found the original after speech homework which shows the part about writing letters to themselves on how they can help the President. It's one of the bulleted points at the bottom. http://www.docstoc.com/docs/10582301/President-Obama%E2%80%99s-Address-to-Students-Across-America-September-8-2009

And what is now on the Dept of ED web. http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/lessons/7-12.pdf

I am sure this seems silly to most on the left but if the shoe were on the other foot and GWB had teachers requiring students to do homework about how they could help him out, well I'll leave it there.

And to Jimmmm? What's with all the m's? If it weren't for FOX news we would not know the truth about whom the POTUS is surrounding himself with. It was Obama's own recommendation that if we want to know how he will govern we just need to see who he seeks for advice, well too bad for Van Jones, the first CZAR to fall but hopefully not the last. Can you imagine a time in the history of the so called media that a hugely important story, such as Van Jones self proclamations of Communism and anarchism and his racist comments about whites poisoning blacks, are not covered or mentioned until after the guy resigns? And you people have the "audacity" to call out FOX news. Obama's diversity CZAR, Mark Lloyd, praises Hugo Chavez and his takeover of the free media in Venezuela and is proposing laws that will shut down the only media in this country that is not in the Obama tank or payroll. These freedoms may seem to you like the bad peoples problems, like right wingers, but in the near future if they succeed you will wish you spoke up or even knew what was going on because these are your freedoms under fire. Our freedom of speech.

Is this where we are headed folks? Chavez has Infrastructure Minister Diosdado Cabello and Obama's new Federal Communications Commission Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd is a fan, is that the extent? http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKN0520744720090905 http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=33353

Who's vetting these czars? No one but Obama.

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seminative 4 years, 10 months ago

See..., If GWB had asked for help from my child, I would have encouraged him to do so. W needed all the help he could get. But it would have been in vain since W governed "from his gut" not his intellect. Oops, he didn't have one.

I, obviously, was not a fan of W, but I still respected the office and would not have objected to him addressing children in public schools to encourage them to work hard. Those lesson plans that were posted originally were not mandatory for teachers to use in class, they were discretionary.

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stillinsteamboat 4 years, 10 months ago

My child came home from school today and told me who opted out of watching President Obama's speech. I was stunned that several teachers chose not to watch. I was brought up to respect the office of the President. I didn't agree with GWB but I would never ever consider pulling my child from watching him speak. How dare you teachers show political bias in a Public School. It was neither the time or place. Shame on you. Do it on your dime not mine.

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Fred Duckels 4 years, 10 months ago

O forgot to tell the students that if they were successful they would be penalized, and if they slacked off they would be rewarded. This is his real message,and there is no other way around it. He has been preaching this parable for the last twenty years.

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jimmmmmm 4 years, 10 months ago

Seeuski-you like the mmmm's. Just let the mmm's go. I read your links, and paid particular attention to the lesson plan outline. I'm not sure what your argument is, or what any other right wingnut's argument is. It looked like a well thought out lesson plan to me. Not sure many teachers actually would alter their own schedule to follow this to a T, but I'm sure most teachers used some of it. Tell me, what was so wrong with that lesson plan? I seriously don't get the argument. All positive stuff in my opinion, but hey, it's politics right, and you righty tighty's have to stop Obama at all costs. Good luck with that, and hey, I think Glen Becks freaking out about something, and probably shedding a tear-you better catch that, as it is the most reliable news.

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upstream 4 years, 10 months ago

Honestly...I am completely lost as to why we should be outraged at a lesson plan suggesting students write a letter to the President of the United States- I know I was given this type of assignment more than once in school (I believe one such time was on a college entrance exam). Building a problem/ solution writing exercise into his address to students seems pretty appropriate to me. Isn't teaching our youth to actively participate in our democracy one of the key roles of public education? When President Bush addressed the students of America he all but bragged about being a C student and still attending an Ivy League- nothing short of a slap in the face for those of us far less privileged students who worked so hard to get the grades to get the scholarships to get the education to allow us to acheive our goals. (That run on is for you Kibler (-: ). As much as I despised everything Bush stood for and found his voice to be like nails on a chalkboard, I never once considered not playing his addresses to our nation in my classroom- (and students were nearly always asked to write in response). Seemed like a pretty obvious curriculum choice to me. The President is the President and should be given respect as such by teachers in our classrooms.

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Fred Duckels 4 years, 10 months ago

Academia is a liberal indoctrination facility and a key political tool of the left. We don't need any more lefties hanging around the schoolyard. We have the right to limit the tactics as much as possible. Remember last year when Michelle O came to Boulder and lined up the students to vote?

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1999 4 years, 10 months ago

stillinsteamboat!!!!!

what school does your child attend?

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seeuski 4 years, 10 months ago

The only way Dolberman is seen by more than the 100 nightly lemmings is by passing around a youtube video of his deception. Don't forget to turn in your dirt on Glenn Beck as your master Keith has required. Photoshop works well, just ask Dan Rather. Ha Ha Jimmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Is that enough m's?

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jimmmmmm 4 years, 10 months ago

mmmmmmmm, good one Seeuski. Dolberman, I like it. Is he too honest for you? He dedicates part of his show to debunking all the crap that Beck and Hannity spew on a nightly basis, so it's not surprising you don't watch him. You gotta admit, this little video shows how ridiculous the right's reaction to the speech was. Can you admit it? Come on-Your boy Rudi G. admitted it. Mmmmmmmmm.

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seeuski 4 years, 10 months ago

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm? I try to watch Dolberdog from time to time but I start heaving and have to run to the sink. Anyone who wastes their time watching the puke he spews is turning their brains to mush. Ask yourself mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm why is Dolbermans ratings sooooooo looooooooooow? Does lying and hateful attacks on adversaries maybe have something to do with it? Maybe people are smarter than you and know when they are being fed a bucket of lard by a fool. Don't forget to send in your hate Glenn Beck evidence. Obama seems to have something going with these snitch lines he started.

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mavis 4 years, 10 months ago

Fred has nailed this one-- I challenge you during the next election to make yourself visible and see just how many educators are wearing "lefty" stickers on their coats they wear to teach kids, their vehicles and their personal educational materials.
Really -- its not suppose to be allowed- but it happens a lot more then you think. And no one does ANYTHING about it --

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Kevin Nerney 4 years, 10 months ago

At least the speech didn't tramatize the students. My kids had to watch the Twin Towers implode while they knew my friends were inside. No requests, no parental permission slips, just nightmares after viewing this horror show. I had a lot of explaining to do to my kids, after the teachers got finished with their spiel about what they say happened, despite the fact that most of them didn't know what they were talking about. To this day both of my kids, now adults, are affected more than their peers about 9/11.

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