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President Obama schedules a major classroom address to the nation's school children

August 26, 2010 |  8:12 am

President Obama has scheduled an important back-to-school address to the schoolchildren of the United States. It will be on Sept. 14 -- hopefully during the entire math lesson -- carried online and via national television into any classroom.

Obama's first annual address to the country's kids in school (see video below) ignited a medium thunderstorm of professed concern and criticism.

It seems the administration's eager Department of Education, run by Arne Duncan, Obama's basketball-playing buddy, sent out an official lesson plan to the nation's teachers suggesting that their young charges be told to write essays about "what they can do to help the president."

That struck a few freedom-loving patriots as smacking of Highly Esteemed and Supreme Leader-worship in some one-party state or Chicago. The federal lesson plan was quickly revised to....

....how the child can achieve his/her short and long-term education goals. Many principals gave teachers the option to watch or not. And a few parents phoned their child in sick.

In the end, speaking from a Virginia high school, Obama talked of such subversive things as each student having a responsibility for their own education to find out what they are good at and to pursue it to the best of their ability. He also described as a child falling asleep during early morning tutoring with his mother. Were you listening, Bart Simpson?

In one particularly disturbing passage, the Democrat actually suggested that some students might decide to become newspaper writers!

"What you make of your education," intoned the president of the United States, "will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future."

Other than that, kids, no pressure. Just have a nice day.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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