I’ve been busy. Busy wondering why the heck my kid’s class didn’t watch this.
This was their response:
Upon review of the speech copy, -My area- Public Schools affirms that the viewing of the President’s remarks will not occur as a mandatory, school-wide assembly. We are not directing our schools to take time out of a busy school day to listen to the President, nor are they going to alter the school day to accommodate the speech. However, we are taping the speech and have notified schools that use of the curriculum materials and the presentation is at the discretion of individual classroom teachers and principals, either on Tuesday or as part of a future lesson plan.
As with any other curriculum, topic or activity, if parents do not want their children to be part of the curriculum, the teacher is expected to provide alternative materials or activities.
President Obama’s actions are not without precedent. President George H.W. Bush did something similar in 1991 in a live telecast/radio broadcast to the nation’s students.