Hey Obama, Leave Those Kids Alone
Neal McCluskey, associate director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the CATO Institute, writes about the Obama Administration's U.S. Department of Education sending "detailed instructions to public schools nationwide on how to glorify the president and the presidency, and push them to drive social change."
In anticipation of the president's planned September 8 address to students nationwide, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter and detailed "classroom activities" to schools with all sorts of troubling buzzwords and guidance.
McCluskey comments on the dangers of government controlled education and lists some specific examples in the Department of Education's instructions this week, including:
Possibly most distressing of all, though, is guidance that appears explicitly designed to glorify both the presidency and President Obama himself, encouraging schools to prepare for the speech "by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama." And schools are told to ask students how president Obama will "inspire" them in his speech before he gives it, and how they were inspired after Obama has spoken.