Chicago Breaking News is reporting that a number of schools in the Chicago area are going to allow parents to keep their kids out of class during President Obama’s speech to the nation’s children.
While the whole effort of this administration to politically indoctrinate kids into service toward the state community is creepy, keeping the kids out of class might be the wrong answer.
By keeping the kids out of class, parents might be provoking the child’s curiosity about what it is mommy and daddy do not want them to be exposed to.
Parents might be better advised to let their children attend the potential indoctrination, monitor what is being communicated to the child, and then have a series of conversations regarding the value, or lack thereof, of Obama’s rhetoric.
Give kids some credit. Don’t underestimate a child’s innate desire to reject what they are being fed by the authorities.
For the record, Founding Bloggers sees nothing wrong with a presidential address to students. Context is everything though, and the Department of Education’s suggested activities and exercises provide an abundant supply of context.
It might make sense to focus first on personal and academic goals so that community and country goals can be more readily created.
Why not rename it the Department of Citizen Creation?
And has anyone else noticed the Department of Education’s seal? Given what we have seen of Obama’s propaganda artwork, and what we now know about ACORN, the imagery and themes contained in the seal of the Department of Education look oddly familiar.
Three main parts comprise the seal for the Department of Education (NCES’ parent federal agency) – the tree, the leaves, and the sun rays. The U.S. Army Heraldry Directorate worked with the Secretary of Education to design the seal.
“With its sturdy trunk set in solid earth, the tree expresses the confidence and strength imparted to the individual through the development of the mind and the assimilation of knowledge. The glory and satisfaction of achievement are exhibited in its leaves. The background of sun and rays suggests the role of the Department in the promotion, nurturing, and encouragement of the best in all aspects of the nation’s educational system.”
Former Secretary of Education, Shirley Mount Hufstedler, selected the seal’s design in 1980.
Anyone know where this logo design came from? It’s probably nothing, but….it is curious, no?
Anyway, in honor of our newly found appreciation for the seal, we had the boys in Research & Development throw together a more accurate update:
Illustration by Drudge Potato Al