Some parents are nervous about the speech that President Obama will be making on Tuesday, August 8,2009. The speech is directed at students is scheduled to air at 12 noon during school hours. Although this is a scheduled to be a motivational message, some parents are fearful that this will be a way to President Obama to push his political ideologies.
According to tbo.com
School officials in Hillsborough and Pasco counties say they are receiving calls from concerned parents who have said they will not let their children attend school if they must watch the president’s address.
Summer Romagnoli,a spokeswoman for the Pasco County school district, said some callers are supportive and want their children to have access to the speech, but the majority have concerns about what the message would be.
In both counties, it will be up to teachers to decide individually whether to show the president’s speech.
Information from WhiteHous.gov says the following about the planned speech:
Help get America’s students engaged! On Tuesday, September 8 — the first day of school for many students — the President will talk directly to students across the country on the importance of taking responsibility for their education, challenging them to set goals and do everything they can to succeed. We want to make sure that as many schools and classrooms nationwide can participate in this special opportunity, so we are making the President’s address and all the information that comes with it available as widely as possible. Whether you are a teacher, a school board member, or a member of the media, find information below to help you watch and be engaged with the President in welcoming our students back to school.