Now Alabama Attorney General Troy King has jumped on this bizarre bandwagon. Troy isn't keeping his kids out of school though. He's told the school that he doesn't want his children to participate.
Troy King for Attorney General Obama is to address students across America on September 8th. Parents, be ready to unindoctrinate your kids when they get home!
What the hell is wrong with these people? It reminds me of a story my husband told recently. He was at work and happened to overhear a conversation where a woman said, "If any of my kids ever come home a speakin' that Mexican shit I'll pop'em in tha mouth."
I don't get this anti-intellectual mentality. It's like people want to be against something purely for the sake of being against it. However they don't want to listen to or know anything about what they are against...don't want exposure to it...not even so that they can formulate a reason and articulate why they are against it.
This mentality reminds me of the scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs when the dwarfs first find Snow White lying asleep across their beds, Grumpy gripes, "Angel, huh? She's female, an' all females is poison! They're full o' wicked wiles." When Bashful asks, "What're wicked wiles?" Grumpy admits, "I don't know, but I'm agin 'em."
If I'm against something I want to know all I can about it so as to be able to effectively argue against it. Don't you?
Now, I agree with parents rights to not have their children indoctrinated in public schools. For instance, I never allowed my children to participate in DARE...because that really is indoctrination. I knew what was taught in DARE, having been exposed to it in school and through my work in drug policy reform. And DARE is an ongoing class, complete with a trip to the local jail where children are locked in a cell and treated like criminals. Complete indoctrination. When you think about it all public education is indoctrination to some degree. I've been deprogramming my children from day one of their public school education. But a Presidents speech? I don't think that counts as indoctrination.
I can remember seeing Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan on TV in my first grade classroom. Presidents are on TV almost daily. They give news conferences, State of the Union speeches, interviews and so forth and so on. During elections their campaign ads air around the clock on every channel. They read books to kindergartners and try to be seen with children as often as possible. There's probably even been one or two on Sesame Street. It is nearly impossible to not be exposed to the President of the United States...unless you live in an underground cave and have no contact with the outside world.
Besides, if you're really that afraid of what President Obama might say, shouldn't YOU WATCH the speech and discuss all the reasons you disagree with its content with your children?
PS - Be sure to visit Troy King's Facebook Page and read all of the fascinating and sometimes downright frightening thoughts of our Attorney General. He even has a "Star light Star Bright" poem.