September 2, 2009 § 1 Comment
Friends, I am not normally a send it out to the world kind of person, but this issue is pressing, and it is important, and while I mainly use this blog to reflect on work, I feel that this is important enough to risk backlash at work by posting here.
As you may be aware, President Obama is going to address the nation’s school children at noon eastern time on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. His message will be to encourage the children of this great country of ours to do well in school. No partisanship, no talk of health care or of the other topics that are currently in debate around our country.
You may not know, however, that there is a movement underway to derail this message. There is a small, but vocal group that is petitioning school districts to not show the president’s address. My school district received dozens of phone calls and emails today with parents threatening to pull their children out of school on September 8 and trying to bully the school district into not showing the address. We have heard talks of the president “brainwashing” students and using his position to promote his political agenda.
As usual, the lies and misinformation spread by those wishing to derail the president’s address are leading to panic and confusion. This was obviously an orchestrated event, since the wording on several emails was very similar and the phone calls and emails all started around the same time late this morning.
Please do not let the loud voices of a vocal minority take over the education of your child. Please let your voice be heard. Call and email your child’s schools and let them know that the president encouraging your children to do well in school is a message you want your child to hear. Do not let fear and hate win out in this. Call and email your schools and the district office every day until September 8 and let them know what an important and historical event this will be, and that you do not want your child to miss out on it. Do not take no for an answer. Please pass this along to as many people as you can, and do it fast!