When I learned of this, I immediately called Crescenta Valley High School and asked if the president's speech would be played for the students. I was informed that the decision to show his speech would be left to individual teachers. Teachers would make the decision based upon whether they thought this was historical, important or relevant to their classes, etc. I pointed out that there is nothing historical about the president speaking in this context.
No matter if a president is Democrat or Republican, a president has no place in a classroom, taking valuable teaching time away from students. Also, there is a danger of pushing political agendas. Presidential speeches should be watched as a family, so that discussions can be held together as a family afterward.
This is a sad statement of where our school system is today. Parents do not have a say in what happens in the classroom. Yes, students have the choice to go to another classroom of a teacher who chooses not to show the speech, but how many students will actually make that stand publicly?
As a parent, do I keep my child home and cause the school district to lose money? What will you do? How do we, as concerned citizens, let this and future administrations know that indoctrinating our children is unacceptable?
Take an active role in TV programming
Are you worried about your kids being exposed to too much violence in the media? You should be. More than half of Americans believe the media — TV, movies and video games — are too extreme and send harmful messages to children.