I recieved the following letter from one of our readers regarding the decision of Huntington Beach City School District to not broadcast President Barack Obama’s speech to students on Tuesday.
The President of the United States will be speaking live to our nation’s youth at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.Â Mr. Obama and the Secretary of Education have statedÂ that the speech 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.”Â
The full text of the speech is also posted on the White House’s website for full advanced viewing.Â This is nothing new.Â President Reagan gave a speech to schoolchildren during his term as did George H.W. Bush.Â There were no calls for class boycotts on those days.Â
Now, scared Republicans are calling for the speech to be banned from schools.Â Their stated reasons vary but the message was received loud and clear by the Huntington Beach City School District.Â
On Friday, September 4 , it was decided that the speech would not be shown live to students. School board members, like Rosemary Saylor state “Our superintendent and management staff are going to record and watch the speech prior to having any students watch it, in order to be able to knowledgably address any parents’ concerns.”
Is it truly up to the school board to make this decision?Â I, for one, would like to decide for myself.Â If our President decides it’s a good idea to speak to the nation’s students than why should the school board bow to political pressure from scared parents?
Here is what my family is going to do.Â We will hold our children from classes on Tuesday morning.Â We will host a live viewing party at our home from 8:50 a.m. till the end of the speech.Â You are all welcome to join us.Â If you choose to keep your children from class thereafter, that is also up to you.
School boards and school administrators should not be in the business ofÂ reviewing the remarks ofÂ the President of the United States and then make a political determination as to whether of not students should hear his remarks. Orange County studentsÂ deserve the opportunity to hear from their President.Â
When IÂ worked theÂ Democratic Party booth at the Orange CountyÂ Fair this year I witnessed the hope and inspirationÂ that President Obama’s image brought to the hundreds of school age children that walked by our booth.Â Imagine the hope and inspiration that his speaking directly to them will bring.
It is unamerican for politically motivated individuals to censor the President of the United States or to imply thatÂ children in Orange County should not be encouragedÂ to study hard and stay in school.Â
Feel free to contact your local school board and demand that the President’s speech is shown in its entirety, without censorship. If we do not speak out, the wingnuts win.
Anaheim City School District
Anaheim Union High School District
Buena Park School BoardÂ
Capistrano Unified School DistrictÂ
Centralia School DistrictÂ
Fullerton Joint Union High School DistrictÂ
Fullerton School DistrictÂ
Garden Grove Unified School District Â
Huntington Beach Union High School DistrictÂ
Irvine Unified School DistrictÂ
La Habra City School DistrictÂ Â
Magnolia School DistrictÂ Â
Ocean View School DistrictÂ
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School DistrictÂ
Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Santa Ana School Unified DistrictÂ
Savanna School DistrictÂ Â
Tustin Unified School DistrictÂ
Westminster School DistrictÂ