Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Asinine

Okay, I was just watching the news. . .story about a speech on education that President Obama is apparently giving sometime soon to students across the country.

So, Plano school district (in north Texas) is planning to have the speech available to students on their website, but apparently due to numerous calls from concerned parents are not going to "interrupt" the school day to show the speech.

Is it just me, or does it seem simply asinine to anyone else that any person would be upset about the prospect of, heaven forbid, "interrupting" the great learning taking place during the school day to watch a speech from, oh, the president of the United States?

I don't care who the president is (Bush, Clinton, Carter, Nixon, etc. etc.) I would think that a speech from the President to the students is in and of itself educational (this coming from a former History teacher).

Please comment, I'm just curious what others think!

11 comments:

  1. I think it's asinine to call people asinine. :-)

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  2. I think I called the concept/action asinine, not the people. A person can do something stupid without actually being a stupid person. :)

    Okay, DeeAnn, this isn't the discussion I was looking for. . .;)

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  3. Natalie, I'm totally with you. I saw people were posting the Fox News outrage about it. That network needs to be banned - they do nothing but get people all worked up about nothing.

    You are right - since when do we want to shield ourselves or our children from a speech by our President. He is the President of the United States, for heavens sake.

    I say asinine!

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  4. A speech by the president is educational, no matter your party affiliation.

    I'm all for Fox news, though. And free speech.

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  5. I agree with you, Natalie - refusing to allow students to watch a speech by the President just because you don't agree with his views makes no sense to me. If nothing else, the class could have a discussion about why they think the President's views are wrong. Whatever happened to teaching children to think critically?

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  6. i dont have a problem with the kids hearing the president, in fact i think its a good thing---regardless of party affiliation...but have you seen the video put out by the celebrities that has attached itself...with or without his approval...to President Obama's pledge for change...it is disturbing.

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  7. I have seen that video. It is so disturbing. Yikes. "I pledge to be a servant to our president." It's not a pledge to serve our country, or work toward the betterment of Americans, it's to President Obama. I don't care if it was a Republican or Independent or Green Party President...it is quite unsettling. You should look it up.

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  8. Okay, just watched the change video with all the pledging. Aside from the last few seconds, didn't really find it disturbing. Pledges to be a better mom, dad, service oriented, etc. etc. are good things. I thought the overall message was to pledge to do our part in helping to improve America and the world.

    Now, maybe you read things into I did not. I do admit the guy who kissed his arms and pledged to serve Obama was a little off and the last few seconds had a cultish/chanting feel--so I would say the editors and producers didn't do a fabulous job, but still think the overall message I took from it was positive.

    just my two cents :) Thanks for all the comments! Sylvia--yes! Heaven forbid we teach our children to think critically and promote healthy discussion/debate. (though, hmm. . . I guess it's harder to come up with multiple choice questions on standardized tests for that. . .) ;)

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  9. For the record, I'm not at all against free speech, but it has been determined by legal precedent that free speech doesn't apply to every word anyone utters. Slander isn't allowed, and yelling "fire" in a crowded room is also not protected.

    I think what Fox News does is all too often paramount to yelling "fire" in a crowded room and I don't think we need that in this country. ('Course when they wanted me on their show, I was willing to go. Too bad the schedule didn't work out)

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  10. Nat--the thing I thought was weird about the video is pledging allegiance to Obama (insert any other name, and it's just as weird to me). We pledge allegiance to our country. Pledging allegiance to a leader--any leader--doesn't seem democratic. It seems dictatorial.

    Just my thought on it. And how great that you got to go to the BYU/OK game. Jealous! We're going to the BYU/FL state game next week. Fun season, I hope...

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  11. Jacqui--I agree on that. Pledging allegiance to a leader is a bit off. No argument there.

    Now, I'm the jealous one! I want to go to Florida!! :) Have fun!

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