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 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:

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2009 at 08:44 AM
    BO numbers will never match bush's number in the polls. Bush had nearly a 90% approval rating for the September in his first year. BO is half that.
  • by Anon on Sep 8, 2009 at 05:34 PM
    Um hey Susan! Get your facts straight! When Bush was president the Democrats, then the majority party in Congress, not only denounced Bush's speech they also ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate its production and later summoned top Bush administration officials to Capitol Hill for an extensive hearing on the issue. So, you see, it goes both ways! Also, BO had to give a conservative speech. Why? Because his poll numbers are so terrible he has to set a good stage for tomorrow night so he can ram govt run healthcare down our throats some more. He doesn't believe in anything he said today! All his policies and beliefs are the exact opposite of what he said today! He doesn't want people to take personal responsibility for themselves. No - he wants everyone to be dependent on the govt. And to those that are paying attention and doing their own investigating know that. He is tearing down this country and just hopes people are too stupid to notice!
  • by Susan Location: Springport on Sep 8, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    C'mon people-- this is not politics!! Previous REPUBLICAN presidents did this-- Reagan and Bush 41-- never with the backlash like this. (Bush did get some flak, but for using it as a campaign tool and not for indoctrinating kis into conservatism). The POTUS wants to talk to kids about paying attention-- BRAVO! I wish he did it everyday. Any president can do that as far as I'm concerned. "Cult of personality?" Get a gri and get on the meds-- I bet you don't even know what that means!
  • by Tina Location: Hillsdale, MI on Sep 8, 2009 at 04:08 AM
    I cannot believe how unbelievable parents can be. All the President wants is to let the children know that what they do in school will effect them for the rest of their lives. I think it is great that we finally have a President that cares as much as the Clinton's do. They were big on education and health care, also. This country needs to improve alot of things and I know that is what President Obama and his staff want. I think that the Republicans have a lot of influence on the opinions that the People of the United States think, and if they thought about it real hard the only ones that are against a change are the "rich". I am excited for my daughters first day in high school as a freshman and she looks forward to the speech from President Obama.
  • by Not a Brainwashed Parent Location: A better School Districkt on Sep 7, 2009 at 06:03 PM
    "I think either way it's history" What a maroon. George H. Bush did the same thing years ago. Where did you get these parents at the local Democratic Party HQ? This is all about creating a cult of personality, nothing more.
  • by Mike Felgenhauer Location: Leslie on Sep 7, 2009 at 04:04 PM
    That is a very good idea the president has there. To not be afraid and to ask questions. I agree with the president that kids should ask questions and not be afraid. A good example for kids to follow these days would be some of the parents and grandparents all across America. Not being afraid and asking questions at these town hall meetings. By them asking questions we have found out a lot of troublesome flaws with the healthcare bill. Yes the president is correct on this one. Always ask questions
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