I am making a small departure from my usual blogging topic…
I hear rumors that some people are not sending their children to school today so their children will not be exposed to Obama’s “socialist” speech to school children. Aside from the fact that this shows a lack of understanding as to the definition of socialism, and that his speech will not contain much more than the controversial message to stay in school, spend more time learning, your parents and teachers are your partners, etc., this saddens me. And not just because those same people most likely would have been outraged had a similar disrespect been shown for Bush. I am saddened because it means these parents do not trust their children to be critical thinkers.
Even if you do not agree with Obama’s political leanings, why not discuss it with your children? Ask them what THEY think. Ask them to discuss what they hear in the speech. Did they agree with what Obama said? Did they disagree? WHY? Ask them what THEY think BEFORE you tell them what YOU believe, if they ask you.
I have certain political and cultural leanings. So does my husband. There is no reason why Kiddo has to have the same. Sure, I will share my thoughts with him. Sure, I will tell him the reasons I have for my way of thinking. But I will also tell him what others believe, and I hope he will ask why, explore the issues, remain open minded and come to his own conclusions. The last thing I want his for him to simply mimic my beliefs.
So go ahead, send your children to school today. Or if you homeschool, watch, listen, learn and discuss. Do not hide your child from the world. And if you’re feeling reckless you could send them to school with a note like this.
There is so much talk about how schools don’t teach our children how to think. Well, why should they, if parents don’t allow their children to be exposed to ideas other than their own.