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Duncan says furor over Obama speech ’silly’

September 7, 2009


— The furor surrounding President Barack Obama’s upcoming address to the nation’s schoolchildren is “just silly,” his education chief said Sunday, and former Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., a conservative who led the Education Department in the first Bush administration, suggested teachers make it a civics lesson.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s department has taken heat for proposed lesson plans distributed to accompany Tuesday’s speech. He acknowledged that a section about writing to the president on how students can help him meet education goals was poorly worded. It has been changed.

Debate about conservative objections to the speech has dominated cable television and talk radio for several days, signaling again the stark divisions in the country both over politics and social issues.


jmadison 8 years, 6 months ago

Did the Education Department submit the lesson plan materials to each individual school district's curriculum board? I thought when the Department of Education was created as a separate federal agency it was pledged to stay out of the nitty gritty of local curriculum planning and provide a more general support and planning for aid to local schools.

FreshAirFanatic 8 years, 6 months ago

Would the "poorly worded statement" have been changed if the furor hadn't happened?

How about the curriculum that accompanies?

Godot 8 years, 6 months ago

If there had not been a "furor" over this, the offending lesson plan, including the assignment for students to write letters to themselves setting a goal of how they can help the president, and then read the letter at the end of the school year to see how they measure up to their goal, would never have been pulled. They do not get a pass on this.

Why is Obama giving this speech at a high school, and not from the oval office? Is it because they cannot fit hundreds of cheering students into the oval office?

Expect to see footage of this "speech" over and over again, in PSA's and in campaign spots in the future.

Godot 8 years, 6 months ago

I will not be surprised if they use giant monitors in the background, like they did for his acceptance speech in Denver.

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