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September 4, 2009

President in the Classroom?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Aravinda @ 8:02 pm

Comment on Some Parents Oppose Obama School Speech
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/us/04school.html

When I was in school we were taken to the library to view the space shuttle launch and a few other live events from time to time – not pre-reviewed by curriculum committee, I presume. I don’t think anyone thought it was indoctrination. We could still question the space program. And we should still be able to question the president, in fact all the more effectively, after hearing such a speech.

It is an interesting question though about beaming the president into the classroom. Opt-out should be allowed – but then I believe it should be allowed of many things, including school itself. I hope this debate encourages people to think more critically about the curriculum as a whole, about multiple avenues bringing advertising and junk food into schools, and the role of media like Channel 1 that is beamed into thousands of classrooms *daily.*

I trust that Obama’s school message is motivated by concern for students and would serve a useful purpose. I hope it would generate discussion that will help students become more active in their learning.

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