Ellicott Mills Middle School will show it but Oakland Mills High School won’t. I’m referring to President Obama’s speech to students tomorrow which will be broadcast over the internet. The Howard County Public Schools Office of School Administration has left the decision as to whether it will be seen in the schools to each individual school principal.
I’m really having a hard time understanding why there is even any question as to whether to let the county public school students see this speech. The President has indicated that the speech will be about the importance of education. According to the email I received from Michael Goins, Peanuts principal, the presidential address “will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.”
What is wrong with that?
Plenty, according to some parents. In an online poll being conducted by The Sun, sentiment is equally divided. Out the 2,046 responses so far, 49.5% think it is proper for the president to speak to the students and 46.6% think it isn’t.
Have we become so politically polarized that an address by our duly elected president about the importance of education is somehow controversial?
What lesson do we impart to the next generations by stifling a speech from our president?