More thoughts about Obama addressing the nation's schoolchildren
I've been thinking even more about the President's address to the nation's schoolchildren next week. I am finding it quite interesting that people are entirely missing the point of the address. The point is to inspire children about education. Granted, my friends who are well educated and who are involved in their children's lives and education probably have kids who don't need to hear this presentation. They are already doing well in school and will probably all go on to complete college. But the kids who need to hear it are ones who have parents who are not interested in their schooling or who have parents marching around with words like "scholiast" and "socialtst" on their posters.
The kinds of kids who need to hear this are ones in the inner cities or kids like my own nieces and nephews who can't wait to turn 17 and get married and get a trailer before they graduate from high school. How many times have any of us heard an adult talk about how they don't like helping their kids with homework. They say things like, "I didn't like math back when I was in school, and I don't like it now." Kids hear that. If children don't have parents who are actively involved in promoting their educational advancement, then I have absolutely no problem with the President of the United States trying to inspire them to learn and be involved. Someone needs to be that person who sparks an interest.