President Obama announced that on September 8 — the first day of school for many children across America — he will deliver a national address directly to students on the importance of education. The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.Naturally this move has engendered suspicion from Conservatives who see this as the forming of a sort of Obama Youth movement. Michael Medved in his latest article takes this tack.
Imagine the reaction of one of these anti-Obama parents to a first grader who comes home proudly announcing that our whole class made promises about helping President Obama.He also notes that had Bush tried this, many on the left would have slammed into him in exactly these terms. That's still sad; since I am not of a mindset to assume that everything Obama does is suspicious, the idea of the President speaking to students and telling them to, well, study and work hard seems OK to me.