I am baffled by the outcry over President Obama’s plan to encourage students to study hard.
Conservatives are yelling that Obama’s speech is a plot to brainwash our kids. “I don’t want our schools turned over to some socialist movement,” Brett Curtis, an engineer from Texas tells The New York Times.
Never mind that the first President Bush set a precedent in 1991 by asking kids to avoid drugs and letting them know it’s cool to be smart. For goodness sakes, Obama’s message is expected to be study hard, not “you must vote for my health care plan.”
But what really has me baffled is this:
- Where is the outcry over advertising in the classroom? (Check out this company that teaches businesses how to market to school children.)
- Where is the outcry over an educational system that fails most of our children?
- Where is the outcry over TV commercials that push unhealthy food at our kids?
- Where is the outcry over our kids getting sick as the Food and Drug Administration let contaminated peanut butter and pistachios hit the market?
- Where is the outcry over high rates of asthma caused by air pollution in urban areas?
- Where is the outcry the over the military creating an Orwellian database to recruit our children?
I guess I’m confused. Why don’t huge societal ills generate loud, persistent outcry? So I have to ask, is it really a good use of our time and energy to debate whether our elected president should encourage American kids to study hard?