Though I do understand the concern on the part of some parents regarding the President’s planned speech to schoolchildren this week, I still can’t help but feel that it’s the type of panicked mob mentality response that’s often the case of much ado about nothing.
While it might have been more prudent to speak directly to children with their parents present and thus choose an early evening broadcast time, it shouldn’t be a necessary consideration. He is, after all, the President and hopefully has their best interests as his primary goal.
Parents who are up in arms against this speech may have the experience of the liberal political pressure that’s aimed at students on many college campuses, but the White House has assured us that this televised speech is in response to the large dropout numbers and meant to encourage kids to work hard and remain in school. My only negative concern might be that if the idea of a college education is touted as being necessary, it might make those who have chosen other paths or who honestly do not have that option open to them feel less meaningful. But this is speculation on my part; I don’t know how the address is laid out and neither does anyone else.
Otherwise, it’s the same inspirational b.s. they’re hearing; only this time, maybe they’ll listen.