Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Is is wrong to encourage students to get an education?

"Every single one of you has something that you're good at. Every single one of you has something to offer, and you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is."

 This is what Obama told students at Wakefield High School in suburban Arlington, Va., and children watching his speech on television in schools across the country.

This speech came with controversy despite the positive message as several conservative organizations and many concerned parents warned Obama was trying to sell his political agenda. That concern was caused in part by an accompanying administration lesson plan encouraging students to "help the president," which the White House later revised.

So why is this speech considered so controversial? Many believe that with in the wake of the Health Care debate, Obama is attempting to sway the youngsters into siding with his reform. The uproar over his speech followed him across the Potomac River, as his motorcade was greeted by a small band of protesters. One carried a sign exclaiming: "Mr. President, stay away from our kids," even though Obama is not the first President to speak directly to the youth population.

I'm amazed at the fact that conservatives can make an act like encouraging youth seem so devious. Such things as discussing with students about being careful with what you post on Facebook' isn't such a horrible thing to say. 'Whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life." 

And even if the President showed some signs of somehow influencing our youth for a political gain, is it so bad that he is bettering the future of our country in the process by just helping students better themselves?

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