President Barack Obama plans to deliver a national address this Tuesday to students across America. Some parents think the President is over stepping his bounds.
Next week President Obama plans to talk education directly with students grades kindergarten through 12 across the country. "It's a live broadcast and we don't really know the content," says Jeff Kirtland, of school district 51. District 51 has left the decision to show the address up to the teachers. "Some might think it's useful, civics or social studies," says Kirtland.
According to the White House website, the President plans to challenge students to work hard, set goals and take responsibility for their learning. But local parents worry he might get off track. "It ties in well with Obama's agenda to get people to rely more on the government," says Brent Jones. Since the President's announcement, the school district has been fielding numerous calls from parents. "My second grader is all about the cool factor and as long as the president is speaking to her class, she will fall into whatever he's saying," says Tracy Allen.
This has prompted district 51 to offer an alternative. "It won't be mandatory, parents can opt out," says Kirtland. The district is planning to have a class for those students who will not be attending the address. "It's fine for those people who have a clue about what government is all about," says Jones. Jones says his children are too young and he doesn't want them to see the speech. Others who have older students don't mind. "I don't think it's a big issue for my 8th grader to see the President even if he does try to push his own agenda," says Allen. "I am concerned, but with my daughter being 17, I have no problem with him speaking to her, she can form her own opinion," says Jennipher Allen.
For Jones, no matter what the agenda turns out to be, he still thinks a school should not be a platform for the President. "I don't think the government should push themselves on us," says Jones. Montrose County schools will take a similar approach with its classes when it comes to the President's address while Delta County schools say they will not show it.