As I'm sure you've heard, Obama will be addressing all school children in their classrooms. Ostensibly, it's to encourage learning, determination, staying in school, making better grades, etc but, teachers across the country are receiving marching orders in advance of the speech...
...in advance of the address, the Department of Education has offered educators "classroom activities" to coincide with Obama's message.
Students in grades pre-K-6, for example, are encouraged to "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals."
Teachers are also given guidance to tell students to "build background knowledge about the president of the United States by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama."
During the speech, "teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful."
For grades 7-12, the Department of Education suggests teachers prepare by excerpting quotes from Obama's speeches on education for their students to contemplate -- and ask as questions such as "Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us?"
The teachers' unions are in lock-step with Obama. This isn't a teachable moment, it's an indoctrination moment. If some kid is inspired to stay in school or make better grades, then good but, it's likely that teachers will use this to force students to pledge allegiance to Obama's goals for them and and country, to embrace Obama's ideas of collectivism and wealth spreading, and become even more glassy-eyed than they already are from environmental brain-washing.
I have a 15 year old sophomore. If he comes home with idiotic worksheets in which he must answer, "How will he inspire us?" and " How will he challenge us?", I swear my head's going to explode!
Here's how I'd answer how Obama inspires me....he inspires me to fight tooth and nail the coming collectivist nightmare he's envisioned for America, the nationalization of entire swaths of American private enterprise now under his control, the usurpation of powers that are not granted to the executive branch by the Constitution, and finally, I'm inspired to help kick out of office, any politician from national representative to local school boards, who support in any way, his deconstruction of America into a second-rate, nanny-State.
Yeah, I'd say I'm inspired!