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Without a doubt, President Barack Hussein Obama II has espoused some truly honorable and dedicated values. He’s spoken out about the need for Americans to volunteer their time; help their neighbor; look for ways in which they can serve their community. He has spoken out supporting a change in how we use our energy, specifically about how our abuses of waste can hurt the planet. I’m good with all that. Still, for all of that, I have a problem with elementary school children being taught to sing songs praising the man. He is, after all, just a man.
As reported in this article and shown in this YouTube video, elementary school children in New Jersey are being taught to sing praises for President Barack Obama. Of course, there are some people who say So what?. What would those people say if someone was teaching children to sing the praises of President George W. Bush? How about Condoleezaa Rice? Better yet… how about Jesus? Allah? Mohamed?
Let’s face it: with the emphasis on separation of Church and State that has become such a big deal in recent years, people would be screaming at the top of their lungs if these kids were being taught to sing anything religious. And if they were being taught to sing songs about someone in a political party they didn’t favor, people’d complain. Let me be clear:
I don’t think these children should be taught to sing songs about any politician of any party, race, culture, ANYTHING.
As the article asks, have these children been taught to sing our National Anthem?
I think it would be a great idea to teach them that certain American values are honorable and should be focused on as much as they can in their lives. Where the President has espoused them, then part of the program could certainly include comments on that fact: the President himself feels these are important to America. But the focus should be on the VALUES and on AMERICA – not on any politician.
As far as teaching our children to sing praises to a President… what are those teachers and school administrators thinking? If this happened at my son’s school – or even anywhere in our school district – you can bet I’d be doing a few things:
- Writing letters to all my local papers questioning the wisdom and the use of our tax dollars;
- visiting the Board of Education in my county to find out who was responsible so I could communicate my disapproval to them;
- contacting a lawyer to find out if any legal action was possible against the teacher; principal; school superintendent and/or school board.
What are we thinking? What are YOUR thoughts?
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