Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Understanding President Obama's Speech: A Parent's Guide

Parents should talk to their kids about issues surrounding the President's speech to the nation's school children Tuesday, such the as role of the federal government in education, the state of our nation's education crisis, and how they can elect officials who will make critical changes, according to Making Sense of President Obama's School Speech: 10 Things Parents Should Share with their Kids, released today by the Center for Education Reform.

"Parents are not only the first line of defense when it comes to their family's education, they should be the first line of offense as well," says Jeanne Allen, president of the Center for Education Reform. "Parents can be assertive and effective change agents in improving schools and using this occasion to help their young understand how to right education's wrongs is a big first step to reforming our schools."

The Center for Education Reform has for 16 years helped parents become better advocates for their children, and given policymakers the tools they need to succeed. Thus CER brings its broad and unique expertise to the controversial discussions surrounding the president's speech by offering parents a variety of topics to cover to help educate their children about why President Obama is speaking to them, what his role is, and what other issues this nation faces in bringing excellence to all schools.

"Above all parents should remind their children something that schools often neglect that they live in the land of opportunity, the best nation on earth, and that along with making sure they receive a great education, they must always seek to learn from history and to advance the principles upon which this country was founded," added Allen.

To download a copy of CER's Making Sense of President Obama's School Speech: 10 Things Parents Should Share with their Kids and to find more valuable resources for parents, please visit http://www.edreform.com/Get_Connected/Parents/?Making_Sense_of_President_Obamas_School_Speech.

The hard copy of the President's speech can be found at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/

2 comments:

bluecottonmemory said...

I read the speech; however, I wonder how much the original speech changed after the public outcry. Today, it's a speech that encourages; however, I still don't like the situation. I also don't like the activity list intitially involved. My response was written before the speech was released. Maybe his speech should have been released with the announcement; however, my response is still the same:
http://bluecottonmemory.wordpress.com/2009/09/06/obama-is-not-my-kids-mama/

Thanks for sharing your view. Your 10 points were quite informative!

jerry bates said...

Very inspirational speech I loved how he aimed for our kids of today to plan for tomorrow, its not giving them political empowerment or guiding them in the wrong direction as the media portrayed but its giving them hope that through all the struggles and storms you may cross you will come out the hero In the end way to go Mr. President.