“On the horizon, at the dawn of a new age, there appeared a man who would be the embodiment of King’s dream — a presidential candidate whose very being was a bridge that joined nations. As celestial choirs started singing, his coming could not have had better timing for all of mankind.”
[From “Barack,” a children’s book, White House recommended reading for students prior to the President’ speech to them Sept. 8.]
By Allan Erickson
Tuesday, the President will address the nation’s public school students urging them to take their education seriously.
Critics have organized boycotts claiming the White House is pushing leftist ideology and social change doctrine through public schools via the power of the executive branch.
First, a news video from AP, here. The report notes parents’ concerns and cites the original message from the White House to students the President wants their help. Indoctrination, or a call to civic responsibility? The call to solicit students’ help was withdrawn, the White House calling it ‘inartfully worded.’
It would be one thing for the President to hold a press conference as school commences to encourage students to do their best.
It is quite another thing for the President to direct the Secretary of Education to send letters and lesson plans directly to principals and teachers prior to the deliverance of an extended speech piped directly into classrooms across the country. Teachers were also urged to have students read biographies about Obama prior to the speech, as noted below on the PUMA site, biographies that depict Mr. Obama as a messianic figure.
Sensing a growing personality cult promoting radicalism in schools, parents have rapidly organized resistance to the entire exercise, rightly perceiving the White House is trying to influence students to adopt the Obama socio-political point of view.
Others have pointed out the President’s intentional circumvention of school district superintendents is a breach of protocol signaling the White House has no regard for parents, voters, local community sentiment or the school boards elected to represent those sentiments.
In view of Obama’s stated goal to establish a civilian security force as powerful and as well funded as the U.S. military, in view of his efforts to regulate guns and destroy the 2nd Amendment, in view of his obvious efforts to regulate journalism with the appointment of a diversity czar at the FCC, in view of his legislative efforts to regulate the internet in the event of ‘crisis’, and in view of his past activities in Chicago to radicalize public schools in association with terrorist Bill Ayers, is it any wonder parents are alarmed this President is elbowing his way into the classroom to solicit the support of students (future voters) in his grand quest to ‘remake America?’
“Is the president using his bully pulpit to push social change in America’s schools? Neal McClusky with the Cato Institute‘s Center for Educational Freedom believes the Obama administration is engaging in outright indoctrination of school children. He says that on September 8, Obama will address schools nationwide — and in conjunction with that speech, school teachers have been sent study packets and a letter from the Department of Education, complete with assignments and questions to ask their students.”
http://frontpage.americandaughter.com/?p=2488 BHO breach of protocol
http://frontpage.americandaughter.com/?p=2480 Indoctrination speech
The first book is titled: Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, Son of Promise
Description from the Publisher’s Website:
Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him. From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn’t quite like anybody else, but through his journeys he found the ability to listen to Hope and become what he was meant to be: a bridge to bring people together.
Second book: Barack
Official description from the publisher:
This is a journey that began in many places.
It began in Kansas, home of Barack’s mother. It began in Africa, home of Barack’s father. It began in Hawaii one moonlit night, the night that Barack was born.
Sometimes it was a lonely journey. Sometimes it was an enchanted journey. But throughout this most unusual ride, this boy often wondered: Who am I? Where do I belong?
And the book begins:
On the horizon, at the dawn of a new age, there appeared a man who would be the embodiment of King’s dream — a presidential candidate whose very being was a bridge that joined nations.
But before he could join nations, he had to find a spiritual home, and he did under Reverend Wright’s Leadership at Trinity:
There, swept up in the waves of their singing, with tears on his cheeks, he knew why he was there. He knew who he was and he knew where he belonged.
As celestial choirs started singing, his coming could not have had better timing for all of mankind.
He arrived here during a dark time in American history. All across America, people were losing their jobs, losing their houses, losing their sense of hope. Many people were tired of a war that had gone on too long. They were tired of fighting with their neighbors over politics. They were just tired.
Here was a man who spoke of “hope” and “change,” whose strong words lifted up the downhearted people and made them believe that the world was not beyond repair.