And oh, my, I went to those links and thought "These people are dumber than rocks or meaner than snakes and maybe both."
See, when President Obama does anything, it's political, but when Bush did it, it was the pure gold goodness of his heart. Right? (Sarcasm switch turned all the way on.)
In the Austin-American Statesman article about this, Jim Greer, the chairman of the Florida Republican Party said Obama's real aim was to indoctrinate schoolchildren with his "socialist ideology." Evidently he's forgotten that on 9/11, President Bush was in a Florida classroom talking to schoolchildren....do you suppose he was "indoctrinating" them in his philosophy? Is that how Mr. Greer came to expect "indoctrination?" Clearly Mr. Greer, like so many of his ilk, thinks that "indoctrination" is done by those other people...that yanking your child out of school so he can't hear the words of a president you don't like isn't indoctrination...
One of our fine (sarcasm switch still on) Texas legislators, Dan Patrick put it this way: "President Bush believed that no child should be left behind. "President Obama apparently believes no voter should be left behind, no matter how young." (Perhaps Mr. Patrick hasn't caught on that President Obama is limited to two terms--eight years--and most of these kids will never get to vote for him even if they want to.)
"This seems more of an extended campaign for himself, as opposed to focusing on the important issue of education," Patrick said.
So a good thing to tell the kids that they won't be left behind, but it's wrong to tell them to study and stay in school? Personally I think Patrick's statement is "more of an extended campaign for himself" and completely missed "the important issue of education."
There are other sites all bent out of shape about this. People are urging one another to keep their kids home from school so they'll avoid the contamination. Oddly enough, none of them were bent out of shape when Bush or Mrs. Bush (or the former Bush or Mrs Bush) spoke at schools. One person was suggested all sorts of leading questions for parents and teachers to ask kids, if the kids did show up (like "If he told you to jump off a cliff, would you?" Well..hmmm....Bush sent 18 year olds to war--which is about like jumping off a cliff. Did you ask this question of yourself before voting for him? Or were you happy to help send your child to war? )
When I was a kid, in Neolithic times, a president once drove through our town. Schools declared a holiday so everyone could line the highway to watch him pass. My mother knew a woman who kept her kids at home lest they be contaminated by the sight of a president of the wrong party. My mother thought that was a) stupid and b) unAmerican. I still think that. I didn't like President Bush (not as governor of Texas and not as President) but if he had come to the local school, I would have let (encouraged, in fact) our son to see him. That's what good parents should go--enlarge their kids' understanding, not constrict it. You can't raise healthy children on a diet of paranoia and ignorance. If a child's value system is so fragile that hearing another viewpoint corrupts them forever--it wasn't much of a value system and the parents have a heckuva lot bigger problem than a politician they don't like.
This country is not, has never been, and I hope never becomes monolithic--of one mind throughout in everything.