Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Guide to Preparing Your Child for Obama's Sept. 8 Address to School Children

President Obama will deliver an address to the nation's public school children on September 8. Details of the speech are not yet available, but the Department of Education has released some suggested classroom activities around the address that your kid's teacher may use in his or her classroom.

So I thought that since Obama wants the kids to be ready to listen to him, they should also be prepared to respond to him as well.

Who is the President of the United States?
Answer: Barack Hussein Obama

What do you think it takes to be President?
Answer: A long-form birth certificate. A winning smile, pretty words, a willing press, and a populace that votes for people based on how "cool" they are. Also, a wife whose arms are capable of beating nay-sayers into submission.

To whom do you think the President is going to be speaking?
Answer: Future voters.

Why do you think he wants to speak to you?
Answer: Because his approval ratings are in the tank, his health bill is failing, and Vice President Biden probably wanted to address the schools, but the White House figured this was a safer alternative.

What do you think he will say to you?
Answer: I think he will say that you can do anything you set your mind to. For example, Obama has achieved something no American has ever accomplished: he visited all 57 states in the country.

Teachers can ask students to imagine being the President delivering a speech to all of the students in the United States. What would you tell students? What can students do to help in our schools? Teachers can chart ideas about what they would say.
Answer: I would tell students to put down the weed, get a haircut, take a shower, and get a job. Especially students at Berkley.

Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?
Answer: If we don't pay attention to what they say, we might reach adulthood without ever hearing a lie, and that's just not a good upbringing. We should be able to recognize a lie when we hear one.

As the President speaks, teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful.
Start with the words "hope" and "change" written at the top of the page. You might also consider writing the words "Bush" and "previous administration" as these are also common themes in most of Obama's speeches.

Students could use a note‐taking graphic organizer such as a Cluster Web,
.. or a teleprompter

or students could record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children can draw pictures and write as appropriate.
Kids should practice drawing this at home before the President's speech

As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following:
What is the President trying to tell me?
Answer: He seems to be saying that our health care system is broken and only the hem of his robe will save us in the future.

What is the President asking me to do?
Answer: Turn in my neighbors, parents and friends who disagree with him.

What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?
Answer: Well, it's not really a new idea, but it sounds like he's asking me to embrace socialism. Or worse, befriend his hippie followers.

So there it is! I hope this helps you and your student prepare to hear from the president next week!


  1. LMAO!! I was going to keep my boys home, but I think I'll just prep them instead. Thanks!

  2. This is hilarious. I am officially following your blog!

  3. Considering the speech is only a couple of days away, I'm glad I could be of service! :)