September 2, 2009

Since my last discussion was so fun. . .

Okay, I really enjoyed all your opinions about modesty a few days ago. Now, I want some new ones!

Have you seen this?


What do you think about it being shown in elementary schools?

14 comments:

heather said...

"TO SERVE BARAK O'BAMA?"

-Like I posted yesterday, I am seriously concerned about where this country is going. THAT propaganda is a really good example.

Sara said...

I'm surprised that this would be shown in our schools. The worst thing about it is how much it focuses on worshiping Barack Obama, the man, and serving him. The president is one man - he's not our king. Our president was never meant to be portrayed that way. We are supposed to serve our country. There are also some other liberal things they slipped in there,like stem-cell research and providing healthcare to elderly (which we already have - it's called Medicare) If you take it at face value, I don't think it's so horrible. There are lots of good values and things it talked about. What really bugs me though is it feels like one more step in the wrong direction, one more step towards socialism. Since when does the government show stuff like that in school?

Chief said...

This is something that does not need to be shared in the educational system. Let's get back to the basics!

Amateur Steph said...

Hmmm. I like the idea behind it, but a few lines really bothered me.. Especially "be a servant to our president Barack Obama." Well then. It's a nice motivational thing, but a little heavy handed. I wouldn't want it to be shown in elementary and I think Jr. high and above it'd have to be coupled with a good discussion of our country and and president and his role.

Rochelle said...

I don't know that its a good idea to be shown in elementary schools, but I don't think its ALL bad. I agree that the whole, "servant of Barack Obama" is rediculous, but it has some good solid values in there too.

I agree with Amateur Steph that it would be a good video for high school students to discuss, but beyond that, it seems like a lot of fluff.

janae said...

Ooooh, watch me be contrary! I see absolutely NOTHING wrong with that being shown in schools. Sure, there were things said that I didn't agree with or support, but I don't really expect for everyone in the world to be just like me, so I'm okay with that.

As for Barack Obama, he is the PRESIDENT of our country, and as such I think he deserves at very least, respect. And I believe children should be taught to respect their leaders - church, country, or otherwise - and serve them. You don't have to serve in a way that you disagree, but what is so evil about being kinder or helping the poor? Can't we all just let this motivate us to be better?

If they said 'George W. Bush' people in Utah would have loved it, and people in Maryland would have FREAKED. And that's not because Utah is 'righteous' and Maryland is 'evil'. The republicans can be just as one-sided, blind, and eccentric as the democrats are.

I just don't understand why people choose to be offended, when they can also choose to see the best and be inspired.

Emmy said...

Overall as a whole the video is good. We should try and make a difference. The end though, yeah didn't like to so much. We can all make a difference and make pledges but we don't have to follow Obama to do it.

wonder woman said...

My only problem is that no one has ever wanted to do this with any past president. I think it's fantastic that people want to support the president. But would they be saying the same things if McCain had won? Maybe not, but because they wouldn't agree with what he believed was right for the country. I suppose it's good they say they support Obama specifically, because that is *exactly* what they mean.

As far as showing it in elementary schools.........hmm.......my personal political leaning would wish that kids would be older before being shown something so blantantly biased. I think it would be more appropriate for middle school and high school aged kids, when they're forming their own opinions and can discuss things with their parents.

p.s. "harpo productions" is Oprah's company. Just thought I'd mention that.

Linds said...

I'm with Janae on this one. The point of the video is to promote volunteerism. It's a little annoying to see political agendas being pushed in this way, but it would go right over my first graders head anyways.

This or next week the President will be addressing children throughout the nation about volunteering for causes. There's a lot of debate in my area as to whether or not the high schools should make this available for the students to watch. Some are planning to stream it live into the classrooms, others to make it available on their websites so the kids can choose to watch it.

I think it's great. If he was going to talk about healthcare reform that would be one thing. But to have a President of the U.S. address a speech directly to the youth of our nation is pretty cool. I may not have voted for him, nor do I agree with a lot of his views, but he certainly can inspire. And if he's able to get our teenagers to set aside the video games for a few hours a week and get involved in the community then kuddos for him.

Amateur Steph said...

Today at the pool the lifeguards were listening to X96 "Radio from Hell" show. They were "discussing" this issue. And by discussing I mean making fun of people who disagreed with it. They said that people were disagreeing with the part about "supporting the president." Support and serving have entirely different meanings. I hate it when people get the facts wrong and make the "controversy" worse.

Emma said...

Elementary kids are to young for that.
But we should all pledge to be better people.

Southcott said...

i think the video is a great idea at promoting volunteerism in America. We need people to be kinder to one another, but i do think that it is a little inappropriate and too heavy handed for younger elementary grades as in 3rd and down. As a teacher i can take elements of this. Last year my 1st grade class decided to make a class project for the whole year of helping keep the grounds of the school looking nice. It was wonderful, not only did the school look nice, but i never had discipline problems the entire year. The entire class worked as a team. It taught the kids to think of someone other than themselves and unfortunately most kids these days are stuck in the "me, me, me" syndrome. Our children want to help but dont know how, talk to them as parents you will be surprised.

Mallory said...

I have to agree with a lot of the other commenter. I think the basics of this video are great! We should be trying to do better. I don't like that it specifies President Obama. I would rather be a "servant" to my country...not necessarily to my president. I don't think this is appropriate for elementary. I don't think they would understand what was going on in it. But, Jr High or High School (for a discussion) I think would be great for a political science class!

Momza said...

Patriotism used to be expressed by flying the US flag on Holidays in your front yard,
fireworks and sparklers on the 4th,
honoring our Veterans and reverence for our troops...
etc.
Nowadays, it's more of a division between conservatism and liberalism, and the sides are not to unify but to separate.
It's anything but Democratic.

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