KISD and President Obama’s Speech

I sent Shellie Johnson asking what KISD’s position about the speech next Tuesday and this was her response:

The district made decision to show live but will record it as well and parents can opt out. Teachers have choice based on schedules to show live or tape delay – day of or even the next day. Everyone has a choice- parents can ask that their child be dismissed to a determined area to continue with curriculum or can sign them out through the office. No penalties for any choice.

I’m glad to see the District giving a choice to the students, parents and educators.  I’m not one of those that think the Chosen One is trying to indoctrinate our children, but I think the White House has done a terrible job in “promoting” the speech.

And this just showed up in my inbox from my daughter’s school:

On Tuesday, September 8 at 11 a.m. CST, President Obama will deliver a nationally broadcast address to students. Keller ISD will allow our students to view the Presidential Address. President Obama plans to discuss the importance of education, staying in school, how to improve our education system, and why education is so important for this country. The President 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. The address should last approximately 30 minutes.

The Keller ISD and South Keller Intermediate Plans are as follows:

  • · KISD will make sure every student has access to the address by President Obama on September 8th, or on September 9th in situations potentially driven by student scheduling and absence from campus.               
  • · The televised address will be aired at 11 a.m. CST on the 8th. Due to the scheduled lunch periods at campuses, there will be students who see the address on video delay.
  • · Parents and students who do not wish to view the presidential address will have a campus-based opt-out option. Campuses will make a reasonable effort to accommodate students and parent preferences during the viewing time of the address. Parents are encouraged to communicate their preferences to the campus administration at the child’s campus, and plans for the 8th will be developed at each campus as appropriate.
  • · KISD students will not be required to use the United States Education Department materials published to support student note-taking during the speech.

One response to “KISD and President Obama’s Speech

  • Big Bob

    Parents certainly shouldn’t entertain the idea of extending their children’s holiday weekend because of the speech – much less in many parts of the country this will be the first day of school. Rather than teach kids to hide from controversial discourse, parents should engage their children and talk to them about it before and after the speech, even review the speech or the transcript online. Heck, they will grow up and vote before you know it – and that isn’t all bad!

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