Lesson plans for Obama schoolkids speech: read books about Obama, post Obama quotes on classroom wall

From "Administration’s Suggestions for Teachers: Read Books about Obama, Post Obama Quotes on Classroom Walls" (link):

The “corrected” lesson plans the U.S. Department of Education is suggesting that schools around the country use to turn President Obama’s speech to students today into a “teachable moment” still call for teachers to read books about Obama and to post quotations from Obama in large print on classroom walls.

I've included below some choice quotes from the two lesson plans (for younger and older children) available in PDFs from ed.gov/admins/lead/academic/bts.html. The idea of writing Obama quotes - not just from today's speech but from all his education speeches - on index cards and posting them around the classroom and the related suggestion to post goals (some probably starting "Obama wants me to...") is - in the hands of Obama-supporting teachers - close to something that would be done in other, far more authoritarian societies. It's also - given the foreknowledge that many teachers are pro-Obama - a sleazy advertising scheme for Obama. For instance, manufacturers of breakfast cereals would no doubt fall over themselves if they could get kids to post cards saying, "Toucan Sam wants me to brush after each meal" around the classroom.

Previous coverage of this here.

UPDATE: In some ways, this scheme puts the Simpsons' "Mattel and Mars Bar Quick Energy Chocobot Hour" to shame.

Quotes follow.

...Teachers can build background knowledge about the President of the United States and his speech by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama.

...Why is it important that we listen to the president and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?

...[While listening to the speech, students can ask:] What is the president asking me to do?

...Students might think about the following: ...[what is Obama asking of] Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?

...Students could discuss their responses to the following questions: What do you think the president wants us to do? Does the speech make you want to do anything? Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?

...Write goals on colored index cards or precut designs to post around the classroom.

...Teachers may post in large print around the classroom notable quotes excerpted from President Obama’s speeches on education.

...Is President Obama inspiring you to do anything? Is he challenging you to do anything? What do you believe are the challenges of your generation? How can you be a part of addressing these challenges?


Fred, you are an idiot.... What is so wrong about learning quotes from the most influencial president in the 21th century you prick. Hitler could be your uncle by your statement above. I hope your computer catches on fire you stupid prick....

"What is so wrong about learning quotes from the most influencial president in the 21th century you prick." Normally I won't stand up for fred, but in this case, it is indoctrination being perpetrated and propagandized upon our youth, like learning quotes from Mao Zedong, Pol Pot or Lenin. "Infuencial?" Is that a word? Does being influenced by people like racist Rev. Wright and terrorist Bill Ayers fit within your belief system? If so, you should be ashamed of yourself and your amoral beliefs. The fact you resort to ad hominem shows some serious intellectual bankruptcy, which is why you voted for our first boy president in the first place.

I voted for a change in status quo. I am tired of seeing the same crap year by year without any change. Its about time someone tackles the issues this man is attempting to rethink. Even republicans admit that healthcare is broken you stupid piece of crap. We could have gone with McCain and gotten the same medicine for more instead of rethinking the diagnosis and prescribing the right medicine. It's smart ass Americans like you with your "education" that should be putting with heads together and attempting to figure out a solution instead of talking shit all day about leadership... Lets hear your solution Petty. Lets hears your suggestions, instead of attacking Obama, give me hope in the conservatives. I admit these issues are above my current problem-solving capabilities.

That's what i thought bitch!

I have healthcare. The system is not broken at all for me. I do not see a "problem" that needs fixing. Hillary tried in in 1993 and look where that got her. You want socialism, socialized medicine, so you can stand in line like the DMV to see a doctor, like Cuba. Like an infant, you want to suckle at the teat of big government, because you cannot provide for yourself or your family, because you are not a man. There is no problem, and big government is not a solution to anything, so wear your red diapers and keep worshiping Lenin and Trotsky, you pinko commie bastard piece of shit.

Nice response there. IÂ’m not fighting for me you stupid prick. I'm fighting for the millions of AMERICANS that donÂ’t have insurance, not because they are not men like you so described yourself, because they don't have the option at work and can't afford private insurance. I pay for my wife, son and me, $150.00 for an Aetna PPO choice 100. That means my employer pays about $300.00 every paycheck to cover me and my family. I work for a large institution (bank) and I am lucky to have the plan that I do because I my son was born 3 weeks ago. The self-employed individual (hard-working as well) has to pay close to $300.00 for lesser insurance after taxes which for a middle class, low class family can make or break them. They deserve the same insurance I have and will pay for most of it too. You see you spineless prick, it is harder on large corporations to afford such high premiums and creates a large overhead for them to front up. Also for the medium to small business it becomes unfeasible to provide insurance to their employees because they donÂ’t buy in bulk like the big boys do. And the self-employed are screwed (the entreprenuers of America). So do you still think things are not broken you shithead. ItÂ’s not just about you and your life. ItÂ’s about whatÂ’s best for America. I hope you are grasping the subject. You keep referring to me as a socialist. Is it a socialist idea to care about your fellow man? To try to better this country for everyone, not just the lucky ones like us. Is it socialist to put others issues before your own to provide a better future for all. Then I guess I am socialist. I wonder why we are so against of socialism. It regulates those greedy ass insurance companies to keep from getting away with not covering a client for some buerocratic decision. It provides for the needy. It embraces the community. Democracy is only ideal in theory, but in our society it doesn't work due to greedy corporations stepping all over the rest. IÂ’m ready for change. You small mind piece of crap existence will not stop the change that is coming. Thanks for playing.

If you want healthcare for your fellow man, then you can write them a check and pay for it yourself. Put your money where you mouth is, you pinko commie red diaper wearing fool. Otherwise, STFU. You want socialized medicine, go live in Cuba, you commie piece of shit. Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out. There will be no furtherance of socialized medicine in this country, so you had better be ready when this bill goes down in flames. It failed 16 years ago, just as it will fail now. It is a reality you need to grasp. I wonder if your employer is aware of your writing diatribes on their dime, you unproductive, pussified pseudo-male.

To all monkeys running down hallways yelling white Devils, Mike has a right to yell, after all he is one of the many monkeys my great-grand father had to go to war for and free! 1861-65. I am a small minded little American and cann see crap from 50 miles away. we should all love Mike he needs help in has monkey ways.

Wow, calling names never accomplishes much. But what I really came here to tell you sir is, please keep your eyes closed. I am a "constitutionalist" (yes, you can read that conservative ...), and you should understand at least this, we are not going away.