Via Drudge, it seems President Obama is going to address all pre K to 6th grade students on September 8th. Hm. On the one hand, I’m guessing he’ll speak a lot of platitudes about working hard, opportunity, reaching for the stars, etc. In and of itself, probably pretty harmless. But the concept of sending out a talking points sheet is a little weird. Here’s one of the
talking pre-speech discussion points:
Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?
I wonder if the difference between “listen” as in “do what they say” and “listen” as in “analyze what they say” will be discussed. I doubt it, especially since most kids don’t have the critical thinking skills to figure out the difference. Instead, it will simply be an authority figure talking at them. Ahh, the irony that the “question authority” generation has gone here….
This address to our captive school children is all part of the kick-off for the new “Get Schooled: You Have the Right” campaign, which also an appearance by the President on a back-to-school special.
Bureaucrats trying to be too cool by half, if you ask me. And it seems to be an extrapolation of urbanity nationwide, where the cultural relevance of “getting schooled” may not be completely grasped in the hinterlands. Setting aside the poor grammar usage exhibited by naming an education initiative after a bit of slang, don’t these guys know that once you co-opt slang you remove all of its inherent coolness immediately?