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.
...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?
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