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Dear President Obama: Now You Are Just Creepy. I’ll Pass on the Skool-Aid

September 2, 2009

A little too Youth Indoctrination-y for me, dude. But thank you for giving me yet another reason to be thrilled that I home school and for validating even further the correctness of that choice for me.

From Michelle Malkin , whom I’d prefer to have my child emulate, thank you very much:

Will Obama be able to resist issuing a call to youth arms to marshal help in passing his legislative agenda?

The thing is: He won’t need to make the call explicit.

Obama zealot teachers like this one across the country will do all the extra-curricular bullying and haranguing for him. Remember:

Partial transcript:

Harris:We want to talk about the presidential election. I want to ask you, who are you pulling for? Raise your hand.

Student: Obama.

Harris: You pullin for Obama. Who you pullin for?

Student: Obama.

Harris:Any of you pullin for John McCain? That’s fine, say him as well.

Student: Obama.

Student: Obama.

[Cathy, the daughter of an American soldier answers McCain.]

Harris:John, oh lord, John McCain.

Oh Jesus, John McCain.

Ok, now I wanna axe you somethin.

Why are you pullin for John McCain? It’s ok, but why are you pullin for John McCain?

Cathy: I thinks it’s because my parents are going for him too.

Harris: Ok, your parents are going for him. Why are you pullin for Ba-RACK. Barack.

Student: I just want a black president sometimes.

Ok, you want a black president.

Student: The reason why I want Barack Obama is because he’s making good changes in the good country and stuff like that.

Harris: So, he’s making good changes for our country. Now can you tell me just a little bit more, like what type of changes?

Like not having big fights between Iraq and having soldiers killed.

So in other words, Barack is going to end that war in Iraq. What do you all know about that war in Iraq?

[Harris addresses Kathy] Talk, cause yo daddy in the military. Talk. It’s a senseless war! And by the way, Cathy, the person that you’re picking for president said that our troops could stay in Iraq for another hundred years if they need to!

[Camera pans to Cathy, in near tears.]

Harris: So that means that your daddy could stay in the military for another hundred years!

I’ve taken control of my child’s education, in part aided by Governor Mark Sanford to whom I’ll always be grateful for that, even if he is a creepy Emo chick. He signed into law our Virtual Charter School system. Thus, I’m able to educate my child at home. Besides avoiding the Youth Indoctrination by our Dear Leader, she gets to work at her own pace. She is 6 years old and is doing 2nd grade Math and Language Arts. In “regular school”, that isn’t possible. You see, it isn’t “fair” that some children have a higher skill/knowledge level, thus every child is expected to work at the same pace based solely on age.

One of the other reasons that I chose to home school (none of my reasons are religious ones) is that too many public school teachers push their beliefs and personal agendas already. Of course not all; there are many, many fabulous school teachers out there (shout out to Mr. Cullen and Mr. Franke, two of mine).  But, far too many do and it is spearheaded by their own Teachers Unions.

An “event” like this serves not only to give them a free pass for such wrong behavior but it actually urges them to continue to do so. This will embolden those teachers and school systems whom already lean heavily on the side of indoctrination to do more of it. Just imagine what “lessons” they are going to push before … and after.. Obama’s Youth Address.  I can imagine it; and I don’t care for it one bit.

The event also seems to be all about Obama himself, as always. And what can one do to help Obama. It’s not only typically narcissistic, but it’s reminiscent of all those videos that cropped up pre-election where children were used, some might say exploited, to shill for Obama. While this is becoming standard fare for the Democrats, not everyone believes their children should be indoctrinated and then used to push someone else’s agenda… not even at funerals. Or school. Where they are supposed to be learning, not politicizing.

What goals is he going to discuss with the kids? “Now is the time, This is Your Moment, to give up a piece of your Pie Chart! Did you know that some people get better grades than others? It’s time to end this inequity. Redistribution of Fs!” Or maybe a simple “No more talkies. It’s For The Children and The Greater Good. Why? Because Shaddup and Do What I Want.

So, thanks but no thanks, Dear Leader ™. *I’ll* indoctrinate my own child, dammit!  Like charity, it begins at HOME, not at the hands of the Government.

On a final note, President Obama, Here is a Teachable Moment for you:

The truth hurts, but is always good; You stink.

There! I asked myself what I can do for my President and that’s it.

UPDATE: Caleb Howe is Spot On. With examples of where such “discussions” can… AND DO… lead. (also h/t to him for the term Skool-Aid)

34 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2009 1:09 pm

    We have two of our kids in a Charter school and one in regular school. Short of homeschooling the charter school we have found is the next best option.

    No crap like this, and it’s small enough if it did happen, we would fix it FAST!

  2. Jaded permalink
    September 2, 2009 1:26 pm

    Great diary and I am blessed that my kids are now grown. I have had those indoctrination battles though. My kids were the first to have those “family life education” classes that taught about “different families”. I personally do NOT care what people do in their bedrooms but it is MY job to explain LIFE to my kids. I opted them out and was quite explanatory in my reasons and my kids learned about their bodies from my husband and myself. This is truly CREEPY that Obama is working with the unions to indoctrinate our kids in a captive situation and not even an opportunity to disengage your child from the process. I should think ALL parents would be horrifed that a politician is USING their children in such a callous way.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 2, 2009 5:13 pm

      Houston, yeah, the Charter school option works well for me. It’s a virtual charter school, so it is done at home. It’s basically home schooling, but through the Public School system in that she needs to take all standardized tests (when she gets to that age), must meet attendance requirements, we follow same school calendar/ hours, etc.

      Difference is SHE has to get 80% or above on every single assessment (test) in order to pass the course. There is an assessment at the end of every lesson, every day. In public school, you can get promoted to the next grade with D’s!

      Jaded, I hope parents that do have kids in school will keep their kids home that day.

      • hindmost permalink
        September 2, 2009 5:53 pm

        I’ve thought about keeping my kids home next week, but decided to go the Venomous Kate route (even before I read her article). For starters, my kids don’t start school until the 10th, although I would imagine they’ll see a tape of it (especially the pending fifth-grader). But also, I would rather go over what Dear Leader said and be able to refute it point by point with them as necessary. My job is not to teach them to be clones of me, but rather to teach them Critical Thinking, so they can come to logical conclusions themselves.

        Nicest thing is, when I explain it as such to my high-schooler, he always returns with, “Yeah, but your way just makes a lot more sense, Dad.” So it appears the Critical Thinking is taking hold (he already easily sees that Obama is a socialist douchebag, especially as I have let him know that half the money he will ever make in his life will be taken for all the crap Duh One has already implemented or proposed).

        • snarkandboobs permalink*
          September 2, 2009 9:53 pm

          My job is not to teach them to be clones of me, but rather to teach them Critical Thinking, so they can come to logical conclusions themselves.

          Bingo! and THAT is what schools forget.. their job is simply to educate so that a child learns the tools with which to think and analyze on their own . In many schools now, a child has to hide his or her own beliefs, thoughts and opinions that they have arrived at on their own, due to fear of being penalized for not following the lefty mantra.

          It’s the antithesis of education.

  3. September 2, 2009 1:27 pm

    Hi there,

    I looked over your blog and it looks really good. Do you ever do link exchanges on your blog roll? If you do, I’d like to exchange links with you.

    Let me know if you’re interested.


  4. September 2, 2009 4:07 pm

    “The reason why I want Barack Obama is because he’s making good changes in the good country and stuff like that.”

    This is actually somewhat more sophisticated than his campaign platform.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 2, 2009 5:09 pm

      This is actually somewhat more sophisticated than his campaign platform.

      Heh heh. Sadly, oh so true.

      Feel Goody! Plus, free candy for all. Yum! And things. and such.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 2, 2009 5:07 pm

      Will watch the video shortly … just wanted to say that I love your profile name, hee hee! Awesome.

  5. Lana permalink
    September 2, 2009 9:17 pm

    You’re right about it opening the door to even more indoctrination and it’s been there, as you said, in various teachers and the curriculum for decades.

    Good for you for homeschooling! It’s the best way to go if you can do it. I will never regret the years I did and it has turned out to be one of the best things I did for my kids.

  6. Rob Waterson permalink
    September 2, 2009 9:21 pm

    Seriously… yet another good thing about home schooling: Urkel cannot get to my kids. They think he is an a–clown, though they do not use that word! :^)

    @gobamaway: wow. If my kids were in a school and were propagandized like I would go ballistic. Thanks for sharing that.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 2, 2009 9:58 pm

      Lana and Rob; Yeppers. I’m thrilled with my choice. It IS hard sometimes, it is a lot of work, you need a lot of patience (especially with the young ones), you need to give up “things” because money is tight, etc.

      But no “thing” is worth more than having my daughter learn at her own pace, having her not be held back by others, letting her learn History without revisionist ideology being thrown into the mix and allowing her the freedom to make up her own mind and think, and act, independently . She will NOT be a follower, she’s allowed to be herself. That’s worth more than anything in the World, to me.

      • Rob Waterson permalink
        September 2, 2009 10:13 pm

        @S&B: agreed.

        It is a lifestyle decision, one income instead of two for starters, but we have no regrets at all. We are in our 8th year of home schooling.

        I am lucky enough to work at home most days, so I also get to eat three meals a day with my entire family. Now THAT is quality time!

        I hope you do not mind me putting my blog URL in there. ;^)

  7. Mel permalink
    September 2, 2009 9:43 pm

    Well said Miss ‘Boobs.

    I don’t even want Obama speaking to or training my dogs!
    To paraphrase that Marine at the town hall meeting:

    “Stay away from my dogs!”

  8. Lana permalink
    September 2, 2009 11:46 pm

    allowing her the freedom to make up her own mind and think, and act, independently . She will NOT be a follower, she’s allowed to be herself. That’s worth more than anything in the World, to me.

    And that is what matters. Things will never touch it.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 3, 2009 11:16 pm

      Yup. It’s why I won’t ever use the word “sacrifice”. Because it isn’t one, ever. It’s the opposite.

  9. Reiuxcat permalink
    September 3, 2009 7:59 am

    While I am not pleased at all with this new tack of the President, to me it is similar to battling the science teachers over teaching evolution as a theory and not a fact. We at our home just present the facts to our kids about why evolution does not work and about creation and that what the Bible describes in Genesis is the preparation of the Earth for habitation for mankind.

    Factually, it is correct. It does not dispute the actual age of the earth as it is humans who put the job at 144 hours. The Hebrew word translated into day is not confined to a 24 hour day. (How long is one of God”s days anyway?) The order of the appearance of animals in the fossil record agrees with that of the Bible. Likewise, the diversity in animal life today is a product of natural selection which shouldn’t be confused with evolution (like Darwin did).

    The fact that even evolutionists cannot come up with a unified theory plus the experiments of Louis Pastuer which proved the spontaneous generation of life does not happen shows that evolution is NOT a fact.

    So proper questions to ask the kids after the speech and and any teacher propagandizing can be easily refuted with logic. We just have to do a little more parenting.

  10. September 3, 2009 7:30 pm

    we have a 13 year old daughter who we may end up homeschooling this year. sent off for the state paperwork. didn’t know some 3% of kids nation-wide are homeschooled.

    anyway, we are so fed up having to undo what the teachers invariably impress their classes with – ie. Global Warming, Truthing, Gay-ing-ing, Marxismizing – that we finally said, “F*ck it.”

    The real killer for me (now that I am older than some of the teachers) is that each parent-teacher conference further confirms for me what I have known since kindergarten:

    they are none to bright on the whole…

    And my kids know this too.

    • Rob Waterson permalink
      September 3, 2009 7:38 pm

      The unfortunate truth is that far too many government school teachers are riding the crest of the IQ Bell Curve.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 3, 2009 11:24 pm

      Precisely. I’m not doing straight home schooling; here in SC we have “Virtual Charter Schools”. The one I chose is through … Bill Bennet was involved in its formation and in designing the curriculum.

      So, she schools at home but is still part of the public school system. As such, THEY provide the books, computer, etc. They still make out ahead of the game, as they get the FULL per student amount for Grace that they would receive if she was in a brick and mortar school, with FAR less expense; they don’t pay me for instance, heh, so no teacher’s salary, benefits, etc attributed to her.

      Besides the indoctrination which I think we can all see is clearly happening, the rules are daft; if she was in a brick and mortar, they’d FORCE her to be in 1st grade. Through the virtual school, she took placement tests when we started last year. Skipped K and started in 1st. So, this year she is in 2nd grade… and the curriculum is more advanced than the “regular” public school curriculum as well. It’s what they do in 3rd grade.

      So imagine how bored she’d be in “regular” school? Doing one, most likely two, levels below what she *actually* can do? It makes no sense to me.

      Another unexpected plus: She has friends of *all* ages. Nowhere else in life but public school are you socializing only with people your *exact* same age all day, every day. That also makes no sense to me!

  11. September 5, 2009 12:00 pm

    I’ll go ahead and just plead blanket giult to being an —-ist and engaging in —ism, that should save time.

  12. Chrissy in Central New York permalink
    September 7, 2009 2:22 am

    “(shout out to Mr. Cullen” <– This Mr. Cullen? [He's my brother! VBG!!]

    Timothy Cullen honored at Princeton

    Timothy Cullen sees the role of a teacher as similar to a trail guide in the Old West. It is his job to ensure that the students of Leonia High School arrive safely on their journey to a new world, ready to face the challenges of adulthood.

    "My job is to educate these newest pioneers so that when our lives diverge at the end of the trail, they will be prepared for what is to come," said Cullen, a history and economics teacher and girls' tennis coach who has spent 26 years at Leonia High. "And that means fully dedicating myself to the task."

    Cullen has earned many distinctions for his work in the classroom and on the tennis court. He was named the Leonia School District Teacher of the Year in 2002 and also received a New Jersey Governor's Teacher Recognition Award in 1994 and an "Economics America" National Teaching Award, sponsored by the National Council on Economic Education, in 1992. Cullen was elected to the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002 and has been honored four times as Bergen County Girls' Tennis Coach of the Year.

    Students and colleagues commended Cullen's devotion to his craft. He has incorporated multimedia technologies into his lessons and developed unique projects to bring life to his subjects. For example, to better explain complex microeconomic concepts, Cullen created a fictitious town in New Hampshire called "Volckerville," named after former Federal Reserve Chair Paul Volcker, in which all the residents are economists. Students tackle assignments based in the town to learn how economists try to solve a variety of problems.

    Students lauded Cullen for setting high expectations as a teacher and a coach, tempered with a firm belief in their abilities. "In his class, there was an understanding that assignments completed below a student's potential were simply unacceptable," said Michelle Ovalle, who is now an undergraduate at Drew University. "While doing work for his classes, I knew I was held to a higher standard."

    Cullen's dedication also extends to his colleagues, whether in helping new teachers assimilate to Leonia High or serving as chair of numerous committees, including a recent group that focused on preventative approaches to school discipline.

    "He taught me how to teach," said Erich Breyer, a former student who now teaches history at Leonia High. "He taught me how to manage a classroom, how to deal with kids of all different ability levels, and the importance of organization and accountability. Every new teacher who comes into the building seeks Tim out and asks him for advice, and he makes time for every one of them."

    Cullen earned a bachelor's degree in general studies from Ithaca College in 1971 and a master's degree in history from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1981.


    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 7, 2009 2:25 am

      Shut. Up! YES THAT MR. CULLEN!

      Oh my word, what a small World. I love the intranets.

      That is so awesome. I’m glad he was honored; well deserved.

      he got me into politics, you know. And loving history 🙂

      Please, please pass along my very best to him.

      (Lori Ziganto)

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 7, 2009 2:29 am

      Honestly, I will never forget him… best teacher I ever had. Ever. And a wonderful human being. A beautiful soul.

  13. Chrissy in Central New York permalink
    September 7, 2009 3:13 am

    I am grinning like a FOOL!!! :o))))))))))))))

    I will be passing on your beautiful comments not only to him, but also to the rest of the family. When I was trying to think how to ask you — on a public forum — if your Mr. Cullen is my big bro, I decided to google him and see what was already on a public forum.

    He hadn’t “tooted his own horn” about the Princeton thing, so it is thanks to you that I found out about it. And now, being Family Tooter in Chief, I’ve made a printable file for my fellow Cullen Family Scrapbookers.

    The internet has been a wonderful tool for finding and dispersing this kind of thing. It really builds up the family bonds and your contribution just makes me all misty! :o)“` Thank you so much.

    I linked to you courtesy of my fave every day snark stop – IOwntheWorld! I surfed around, read some of your stuff, and well … added you to my “every day” link list with BFH and Co.

    BTW, every word of the Cullen Family Chronicles is absolutely true. I’ve been trying to get Tim to tell those stories on tape for the Genealogy, but so far … no dice. Our family boasts a number of really excellent teachers, but IMHO, Tim is the finest story-teller in the lot.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 7, 2009 1:18 pm

      “”He hadn’t “tooted his own horn” about the Princeton thing, so it is thanks to you that I found out about it””

      Ha! That’s so typical of him .. he’s not one to toot his own horn. But, he always does for others. I *still* remember something he said about me in class once, and mind you, this was 22 years ago. I remember it because it was one of the best compliments that I had ever received and, actually, still is to this day.

      He had handed back some term papers and, evidently, quite a few weren’t up to snuff. He told the class “those of you having difficulty writing these papers, I suggest you read Miss Ziganto’s. Her writing is always clearly, and consistently, the best in the class”

      So, y’all can actually blame Mr. Cullen for my incessant chattering 😀 He taught me how to get my ideas across, encouraged me to do so and instilled in me a great love of history, politics … and writing term papers, heh. Embarrassing confession: I wrote term papers… FOR FUN .. well into my 30s. I suppose blogging is just an extension of that.

      I’m so glad you found out about the Princeton well-deserved kudos and that you can now share it with the rest of the Cullen Clan. And it is a true pleasure “meeting” you!

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