To The Parents Who Kept Their Kids from Hearing the President’s Speech on Education:
One nation. During grade school, those were two words, among others I didn’t fully understand, that I remember repeating time and again. Not two partisans parties that couldn’t rally around the right causes, but one nation. That’s what America was meant to be, one nation.
Recalling the Pledge of Allegiance is one of the reasons I was drawn to the idea of President Obama speaking directly to America’s youth. It’s something that’s rarely done, a person of such stature speaking to so many young Americans, the same ones we want to be patriotic, with a vital message.
While we adults spend so much time bickering about birth certificates, we tend to forget that our youth — our nation’s future — is the most important part of this nation. We forget to remind them that for our nation to be better than it is, they must hold themselves accountable for their own actions and education, same as we adults must.
Accountability is learned, and fewer parents are teaching it in today’s America.
This hasn’t been lost on President Obama, which is why making the speech that he made makes perfect sense. Thus, I can’t understand what was so wrong with him giving this speech to America’s public school students about living up to their end of the bargain.
I’m still waiting for any of you to make any valid arguments as to why you didn’t want your children to listen to the president’s message for them. I haven’t heard one. You all should be smart enough to know that President Obama and those around him wouldn’t be foolish enough to speak to children with a partisan agenda. And that whole socialistic brain-washing indoctrination chatter is a load of fried baloney an American-born goat wouldn’t eat.
Look, I get that most of you are right-wingers and don’t necessarily care for our new president for whatever reason. I understand the political games that are being played because the GOP is at a severe disadvantage in American politics right now. But we’re one nation with one leader, and there’s no reason for you to not support said leader who is telling our children something you should be preaching to them anyway.
In a lot of ways, our country is in shambles because so many youngsters of past haven’t heard these messages with consistency from you, their parents. We’re paying for them all to go to school, and around 30 percent of them are failing us, failing this nation and failing themselves. It’s beyond time that they be held accountable for their lives, and what comes of them.
In an endearing, emphathetic manner, President Obama told the nation’s students that they, too, have a responbility to this nation. He told them that it’s about more than memorizing those words we say every day at the start of class during our youth. It’s about knowing what they mean and contributing to our society in a positive way so that this one nation can be better than it was the day before.
I just hope most of you adults who tuned your children out yesterday, tuned yourselves into the real message.