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Gary Bauer: Obama’s Speech to Children Is an ‘Unprecedented’ Abuse of Power

Gary Bauer, the religious conservative leader who was undersecretary of Education under President Reagan, and who now runs American Values, tells supporters in

Paolo Reyna
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Sep 03, 2009

Gary Bauer, the religious conservative leader who was undersecretary of Education under President Reagan, and who now runs American Values, tells supporters in his daily email that the president’s Sept. 8 speech to schoolchildren is an example of the White House “using its power in unprecedented ways.” Parents, writes Bauer, should “sit in” on their children’s classes to keep watch on the president.

The full statement, bolded for emphasis:

Barack Obama will deliver a nation-wide address to students this coming Tuesday, September 8th. This will be the first day of classes for many children across the country. The White House plans to broadcast the address live from its website. Principals were notified of the plan in a letter addressed to them by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

The White House claims that Obama will “challenge students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning.” He will also say that it is a “shared responsibility” among parents, students, and educators to make the learning experience as successful as possible. **That may seem harmless enough, but is it appropriate? How would the media have reacted if President Bush had been beamed into classrooms coast-to-coast? **

The Department of Education has offered educators “classroom activities” to go along with Obama’s message. Younger students in grades K-6 are encouraged to learn about the background of the President of the United States by reading books about former presidents and Obama. For students in grades 7-12 teachers are urged to utilize quotes from Obama’s speeches regarding education so that the students can understand the president’s message. Some of the questions they should ask themselves include: “How will President Obama inspire us? How will he challenge us? And why did he want to speak to us today?”

Once again, the Obama Administration is using its power in unprecedented ways, this time injecting itself into the nation’s classrooms. Tuesday may be a good day to sit in on your child’s classes.

Earlier today, Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer blasted the president for trying to “indoctrinate” children in “socialism.”

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Paolo Reyna | Paolo is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in International Studies with a Latin American emphasis. During the fall semester of 2012, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Peru, which piqued his interest in international growth. He learned about the disparities that impact indigenous peoples, got a taste of Peruvian culture, and improved his Spanish skills. Mitchel interned with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, conducting research on food security in Latin America, after being inspired by his foreign experience. He wants to work in international development and for a government department, writing legislation. He loves playing intramural basketball and practicing for the Chicago marathon when he is not thinking about current events in Latin America.


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