The Real “Danger” of Obama’s Education Speech
Today, Obama will address the nation’s children about the value of education. The speech has been met with a firestorm of controversy, particularly from the Right, calling it indoctrination. While i think the Right’s panic peddling is wrong, I do think there are some dangerous things about today’s speech. Find out my full thoughts here on a piece I wrote for TheGrio.com.
Today, President Barack Obama will deliver an address to the children of the United States on the value of education. The speech has been met with a firestorm of reaction and disapproval by critics on the right, many of whom have called it a dangerous form of indoctrination.
There is a clamor about this type of speech being unprecedented – even though George H.W. Bush gave an address to U.S. school children in 1991 – and dangerous. But the real danger lies in the lack of emphasis education has received in Obama’s administration and what our young people may be learning about education’s value in our current economy.
The majority of Obama’s administration has been taken up with foreign affairs such as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Domestically, attention has been concentrated on the recession and health care reform. While these problems and resulting policies are important, what happens to the youth of America arguably sets the tone for the next half a century.