Monday, September 7, 2009

Seriously?!?!

I just got a phone call from my son's school. It was an important message, I am thinking something like there was a flood or a fire at the school this weekend that I didn't know about. Maybe someone was critically ill and they were rallying the troops.

No, it was to remind us to fill out and sign the permission slips for our children to watch the President of our Country speak to them about staying in school. Seriously people?? SERIOUSLY?!?!

This irritates me to no end. I don't care who you voted for, I don't care what you believe about our President, show some respect please.

I know that growing up I saw speeches by President Regan and President Bush (the first one). My parents did not have to sign a permission slip for me to listen to the leader of our country. It was a given that I would watch it.

Why then, if these children don't have a signed permission slip, can they not watch it? What will the meaningful activity be that they have planned for them?

What has our country come to that we have so little respect for the President that there needs to be a permission slip signed, like for sex ed?

I am very saddened and disappointed. What has become of our nation?

**by the way, it is being shown at 10 am (MST) and since Seth is in afternoon Kindergarten he will not be at school to watch it. But guess what? We will be watching it on C-SPAN, at home, so he can see what our President has to say to him.

***Just in case you don't read the comments, I wanted to put Azucar's comment here on the main page, yep I think it's that important.
I hope all of you whose schools are backing out of the speech call the principals and the superintendents, we can't let reason, logic, and civility die.

23 comments:

Confessions of a Mom said...

Amen! Your can be my friend anytime. Thanks for posting.

*Lissa* said...

I think it is very sad as well.

ali (adil320) said...

I agree 100%. Not only did we watch the Presidents give speeches when I was in school..we also watched the OJ trial. No one asked for permission slips for that. Odd, no?

Azúcar said...

It's freaking ridiculous that I want to scream at some people.

I MEAN HONESTLY, WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH PEOPLE?

Are they easily led sheep that allow demagogues to scare them with half lies and ludicrous allegations? REALLY?

R E A L L Y?

Azúcar said...

As a friend of mine said, "Oh sure, this generation has to watch the president, mine had to watch the Challenger EXPLODE."

Bobbi Janay said...

I agree with you whole heartily, when did it become social unacceptable for our children to hear the president speak. I also agree with Ali we watched the OJ trail and nobody got permission slips for that.

mom2nji said...

We didnt even get the option. They just opted to NOT show it at all here.

mom2nji said...

We are in Central Florida. Some of the counties were able to chose to show it, but ours did not. We live in assbackward land. I am livid and sad at the same time.

ZDub said...

Very well said.

It is so disrespectful. He is our President. We also watched various presidents speeches and it was never an option that we couldn't watch.

Elaine A. said...

I TOTALLY agree with you!!! We got the same message last week and I was flabbergasted to say the LEAST! No matter if you agree with the president's politics or not I believe you should respect the office. I'm not even sure they are going to show it at my son's school at this point. SO sad.

Azúcar said...

I hope all of you whose schools are backing out of the speech call the principals and the superintendents, we can't let reason, logic, and civility die.

Monica said...

What that is ridiculous. I'd be annoyed too, to say the least.

Vanessa said...

I've heard his speech was to encourage kids to make a commitment to improve and excel in their studies this school year. Why wouldn't the school want to show that?

Vanessa said...

PS. Great post and great blog!

Jen said...

Our school district is showing it, but letting parents opt out of having their children watch it if they so choose. I have no problem with letting my son watch it, while many I know have written the letter to opt out. I do wish I knew what was being said first, but whatever is said, I'm the parent and can teach my child what I want him to know. I don't get what all the fuss is about!

Susan B. at warmchocmilk said...

Thank you! We plan to watch it home today too! I totally agree with you, what is happening to out country that people question whether some school kids should listen to a message from the president about the importance of school. Some people are just nuts! NUTS!!

Kate said...

AMEN! I'm very interested in tonight's dinner conversation and hearing my kids's take on it all. 'Ya know, 'cause like Jen said, I'm the mama and it's my job to talk with my kids about what they learn and discuss what they hear and help them discern all they hear.

Jen, the speech is available online. The White House released the transcript late last week.

BeautifulWreck said...

I completely agree with you. I think this whole thing is insane. Us homeschoolers will be wearing our tin hats (we hear reception is better this way) and drinking kool-aid while we watch.

Mama bee said...

Thanks for posting this. I only heard about the permission slips last night (apparently one of Josh's climbing buddies is a middle school science teacher, and was FURIOUS about this whole thing).

Seems really bassackwards, especially compared to watching the Challenger explode, or watching the OJ trial in gym class (yes, really).

Heidi said...

I just watched it and I am having a hard time trying to figure out why there was a need for permission to listen to our president inspire our youth to work hard and acheive their goals. I'm glad I signed the permission slip, even if I do think it is a waste of paper.

Heidi Farmer said...

GREAT post! I think it's CRAZY not to let students watch their President inspire them. No matter what your politics (my vote, honestly, was for the old white guy), we must support our President!

AbeSaves said...

It is infuriating. I am with you and respect you even more for taking a stand and speaking your mind. Makes me nervous about our schools, that's for sure...

Sweetpea said...

AMEN.