Parents Not Concerned Over President Obama's Speech To Students

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

Parents can finally read the remarks that President Obama will deliver to students on their first day of school.

"I think it's about the parent being able to preview it and then moving forward," said Vel McCarrick.

Parents and grandparents like McCarrick say getting a first glance at speech before hand is beneficial.

"So, the parents can make that decision, do I want my children to be a part of it, I think either way it's history," McCarrick said.

The full text of the speech is posted on the Whitehouse.gov website and offers advice to students to set their own goals, don't be afraid to ask questions, and also says there's no excuse for cutting class or dropping out of school.

There's also activities posted for teachers before, during and after the speech, asking students questions such as 'What is the President trying to tell me?'

"I just hope he just encourages them," said Wesley Clay, a local parent.

Clay thinks the speech will provide nothing but encouragement for students who simply see the President as a leader.

"I think most kids look up to the President, most kids don't get into the partisan stuff that's going on, and they just look at the President as a role model," Clay said.

"And I think my kids should have a voice of what they feel like the leadership is in the country," said Dana Elmo, another local parent.

Elmo also isn't opposed to letting her daughter Samantha see the speech, she's an 8th grader in the Holt School District -- a district that's allowing individual teachers decide if they'll show the speech in class, if they decide to show it, they've been asked to make a connection to the curriculum.

The Lansing School District says they'll also leave the decision up to teachers, both districts say students can opt out of viewing the speech with no consequences, but most parents say it's harmless.

"Any encouragement for positive role models for school is great if you ask me," said parent Dawn Lira.

You can read over the speech by clicking the following link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/


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