Citing late notice, local schools won't use Obama speech

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 6:00 PM
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A Tuesday speech by President Obama aimed at pupils won’t immediately be made available to those attending schools in Columbia and Richmond counties.

Having learned about the intended speech this afternoon, Columbia County schools Superintendent Charles Nagle said teachers will not have enough time to incorporate the president’s speech into their lesson plans.

With school out on Monday for Labor Day, teachers would only have one day to prepare for the noon speech scheduled to be broadcast on the Internet at www.whitehouse.gov/live/ and on C-SPAN.

“It would be very difficult for us to set that up on such short notice,” Mr. Nagle said.

In the speech, Mr. Obama “will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning,” according to a released statement from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s office.

The education secretary even is providing schools with a menu of classroom activities to accompany Mr. Obama’s speech.

However, Mr. Nagle still is worried about the potential political nature of the speech and said he has received numerous comments from parents in the heavily Republican county opposed to letting their children hear Mr. Obama’s comments.

“We’ve been inundated (with comments),” Mr. Nagle said. “We’re getting a lot of mixed calls; mostly that this is an opportunity to politicize.”

The superintendent said he also is bothered that he was not advised of the president’s plans sooner or received more details on what Mr. Obama intends to speak on.

“I don’t even know what age group this is directed at,” he said. “I don’t want kindergartners sitting there waiting to see the president. A lot of kindergartners still think I’m the president.”

In Richmond County, teachers may show the speech if they are able to incorporate it into their lesson plans, but no one is required to do so, said schools spokesman Louis Svehla.

“We’re not altering our schedule,” Mr. Svehla said.

Typically, federal education plans are passed on to local school systems via the state Department of Education, Mr. Nagle said.

State schools officials didn’t immediately respond Thursday to an e-mail inquiry regarding Mr. Obama’s speech.

In his comments to parents, Mr. Nagle said he is encouraging them to record the speech and then discuss it with their children at home.

Also, he is not against teachers discussing the speech with their pupils, but only after it is viewed by administrators.

“I sent an e-mail encouraging principals to review the Web cast if they like,” he said. “If they find merit with the speech and the lesson plan activities, and it works with our curriculum, then they should feel comfortable including it in school with certain groups.”

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lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 09/03/09 - 06:24 pm
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more backward thinking by

more backward thinking by richmond county....you have a county that ranks 6th in the ENTIRE nation regarding the dropout rate of black males and then there is an opportunity to allow the "so-called" at risk youths, along with other black males(all students, of course) one possibility of staying in school and getting and education...oh i forgot if you are not a pro athelete (deon grant), actor(the gentleman who graduated from josey-whoes name escapes me) or a rapper(common) then it really doesn't matter that the most powerful man on the face of the earth-the president who happens to be BLACK!!!! wants to speak to children, especailly to the black children about the importance of STAYING IN SCHOOL AND GETTING AN EDUCATION well i guess richomnd county doesn't really think it is important enuff because they are only entrusted to make sure all students can count to 4, very little concern given to the crct, ayp or graduation rates, especially those of black males...the VERY SAME YOUTHS THEY CONSISTANTLY TAKE MONEY FROM PROPERTY OWNERS FOR INEFFECTIVE, USELESS AND COSTLY PROGRAMS THEY SAY ARE DESIGNED TO IMPROVE ACADEMICS BUT ONLY MAKE THOSE WHO DEVELOP THESE PROGRAMS RICH.....

ss30809
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ss30809 09/03/09 - 06:24 pm
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I think if the President of

I think if the President of the United States of America schedules a speech exclusively for school-aged children, then the schools should drop their schedules and incorporate the speech in their schedules. Also, to the parents who commented on not wanting their children to watch it, shut up!!! The President is going to encourage your child to take "ownership of their education" and "work hard in school" so they don't turn into the loud-mouthed arrogant individuals who raised them.

devdoz
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devdoz 09/03/09 - 06:29 pm
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How dare the President want

How dare the President want to deliver a message to kids to work hard, stay in school, and succeed. I wonder if these schools also censored Reagan & Bush Sr when they both gave speeches to students that were nationally televised?

tlnvols1
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tlnvols1 09/03/09 - 06:30 pm
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I think the president of

I think the president of United States could think more than 1 day in advance...He must be like 2 who posted above..

Philo-Publis
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Philo-Publis 09/03/09 - 06:31 pm
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The president is still Human.

The president is still Human. Not an almighty being. This message could have a political agenda.
It is wise for the schools to verify what is being said before it is broadcasted into our children's minds. It may need to be edited before the kids see it. Don't get me wrong... Its a beautiful Idea!! If I were wanting to be re-elected in 3 years, I would go after 15, 16, and 17 year old teens too!

ss30809
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ss30809 09/03/09 - 06:34 pm
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Why does message from the

Why does message from the President of the USA have to be filtered/approved by the school board administration before it's delivered to the students? That makes no sense to me.

RedQuinoa
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RedQuinoa 09/03/09 - 06:42 pm
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It's the "obamination of

It's the "obamination of indoctrination". Will play well in the blue states. Get 'em while they're young...

tlnvols1
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tlnvols1 09/03/09 - 06:44 pm
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What group is it for they

What group is it for they didn't say why should 3rd graders watch something for HS students, & maybe some teachers had plans tomorrow, or have kid ship lunch, SS would be 1st winning no food

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FallingLeaves 09/03/09 - 06:45 pm
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It needs to be reviewed for

It needs to be reviewed for appropriate content, studied and then presented if acceptable to the appropriate age groups. Just like any other speech. It also happens to be a political speech from a politician, so it is, of course, going to have some partisan politics in it. Why wouldn't the teachers want to be prepared before they presented it to class? They should be able to study the material and prepare their lesson from it, just as they would be expected to do for any other President's speech to students.

xanadu
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xanadu 09/03/09 - 06:54 pm
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I applaud the schools for not

I applaud the schools for not exposing the children to more lies from the government. You know when you can tell a politician is lying? Their mouths are moving.

devdoz
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devdoz 09/03/09 - 06:55 pm
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Are some of these parents so

Are some of these parents so insecure about the impact they have on their kids that one speech by the President will somehow brainwash them? If the parents' values are so important and so instilled in their home life, nothing the POTUS says should affect them. I for one am disappointed my son won't be seeing this speech in his classroom

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alsteve 09/03/09 - 07:11 pm
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This is great to hear. I

This is great to hear. I have no problem my children viewing such a speech as long as I can preview or view with them. It isn't about being worried about brainwashing, it is about him being a man that young people respect, he is the President, and things he could say may not be equal to the values I teach my children, so if he does say something to them I don't agree with I would like to be able to discuss it with them and show them why it goes against our values/beleifs.

rjv
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rjv 09/03/09 - 07:19 pm
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hey ! this is just more b.s.

hey ! this is just more b.s. from washington ! are not the parents supposed to tell their "kids" to stay in school ? or do "children" not have parents anymore ? this smells of more politics ! oh! i have it now , this is "russia" who controls all !

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jack2006 09/03/09 - 07:21 pm
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This speech was known for

This speech was known for weeks now. I don't understand why our educators didn't know and plan for it. How would you think that our students here would feel if the President did leave them out on purpose or wouldn't even consider speaking to them when he is speaking to the rest of the nation's kids? So why do we as adults would take this opportunity from them? I am not just talking about the current President but any President. Now, I really see why Georgia and South Carolina is still the last in education. Our leadership reflects our education levels. I can be educated but you can't behavior still exist or they still trying to control the flow of knowledge in who is educated and who isn’t. What are you really afraid of here? Are you really afraid of students challenging the intellect of your lame behavior and sad excuse of being an educator? You can never stand in the way of somebody wanting to be educated or control the flow of information. History has proven that fact.

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alsteve 09/03/09 - 07:24 pm
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rjv, you must not be around

rjv, you must not be around schools to much, you would be suprised at the number of parents who are not involved in their children's education. It is extremely sad. So if they aren't involved, I doubt they take much time to say stay in school.

Jack 2006, this isn't just occuring in GA and SC, I know people in many other states that feel the same way.

rjv
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rjv 09/03/09 - 07:43 pm
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o.k. alsteve ! my wife taught

o.k. alsteve ! my wife taught school for 31 years ! and i ran childrens programs for 40 years , so i think i do know something,not everything ,but i do know this is wrong! this is all "political" i am telling you ! why do they not do this "program" after school if it is so so important ?let the parents decide ! now this is pure indoctrination at it's worst ! this is supposed to be america where we should be free of such as this ! maybe the focus should be to make the parents more responsible ! this is getting worse every day , remember the "brown shirts" in germany ? i do !!!!!!!!!

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humbleopinion 09/03/09 - 07:56 pm
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Kudos to the school boards of

Kudos to the school boards of Richmond and Columbia counties! I'm glad that somebody has the 'nads to stand up to the messiah and say NO to indoctrination of the young socialists into his fold.
Our sophmore was NOT going to go to school on Tuesday had they not made the CORRECT decision to not show this garbage.

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wildman 09/03/09 - 07:58 pm
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Thank you to the School Board

Thank you to the School Board and especially Mr. Nagle.

rjv
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rjv 09/03/09 - 07:59 pm
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p.s. alsteve , in your first

p.s. alsteve , in your first sentence you said , i must not be around schools "to" much ! it should be "too" not "to " ! have a good day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

devdoz
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devdoz 09/03/09 - 08:00 pm
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I know rjv, next thing you

I know rjv, next thing you know he'll be requiring school children to recite a Pledge of Allegiance!!

rjv
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rjv 09/03/09 - 08:12 pm
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dear devdoz ! i have no

dear devdoz ! i have no problem with that! if it's to the america that i know ! not to a person or "socialist" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 09/03/09 - 08:14 pm
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If this had been Bush, those

If this had been Bush, those people in Columbia County would raise H if the school board wouldn't permit it.

whatthefudgebrownies
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whatthefudgebrownies 09/03/09 - 08:31 pm
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Wow! I do not have children,

Wow! I do not have children, but I can't imagine how kids could be "brainwashed" by a speech from the President. People are saying this as if their children do not see or hear things that are much worse than someone telling them to stay in school...no wonder Richmond county is so far behind and working the _______ out of teachers to try to get these kids up to par who could give a rat's behind about their education. Maybe if such an important figure in America told them how important their education is..they may actually listen..believe it or not, there are plenty of kids in this world who have parents that HAVE NOT taught them the value of education. If only you guys could be a fly on the wall in some of these classrooms around town..then maybe you would have a better understanding.

rjv
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rjv 09/03/09 - 08:32 pm
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dear rozzie ! thats "crap"

dear rozzie ! thats "crap" they need to be learning something , not wasting time listening to this worthless "bull" ! any body can tell them that if they drop out that their life will be "hell to pay"! they should know that ! oh i see now "the messiah" will change all that ! is this the "second coming"? wake up , will you .............

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KSL 09/03/09 - 08:37 pm
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Could this have been a trial

Could this have been a trial balloon sent up by the ultra lefts in the Obam admin trying to find out it this would slip through and go over with the public? His admin advances lots of ideas and then has to suck them back up. Quoting, if you are not concerned, you are not paying attention. From our very own CS.

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Lumbarsupport 09/03/09 - 08:45 pm
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This from the President who

This from the President who said he would be ready to " rule " on day one. The president who wanted his follwers to report disenters to the White House by e-mail. The president who has taken over the census, and let ACORN organizers run the process? My God, who would have a problem with childern being compelled by law to sit down and hear him speak, followed by a lesson plan that suggests writing letters to yourself to detail how you can help President Obama. What a bunch of closed minded racist, reactionary, fools that would have a problem with this. Stop clinging to guns and religion, and submit to the will of this man., A virtual god that walks among us.

Dell4
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Dell4 09/03/09 - 08:46 pm
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Kudos to Charles Nagel!!! I

Kudos to Charles Nagel!!! I did not vote for Hussein Obama nor do I support him and I certainly don't want my child being brainwashed by his tactics and using the school system to do it!

jacksonbrowne
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jacksonbrowne 09/03/09 - 08:46 pm
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f obama--nothing he says

f obama--nothing he says should be directed at school age children

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 09/03/09 - 08:49 pm
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Before he was going to kill

Before he was going to kill granny, now he's is going to brain wash and indoctrinate ALL the precious children of the US, the next thing he tries to do the wingnuts are going FLIP it around to a negative, Shakes my head. After his speech to the school children, everyone of them will walk around like a zombie and OBEY him for the next 4 years LOL... OMG NUTCASES..

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 09/03/09 - 08:50 pm
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LOL jacksonbrowne you sound

LOL jacksonbrowne you sound ANGRY, how long have you been angry?

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