Tuesday, September 8, 2009

President Obama, Speeches & Rubber Chickens

Today’s the big day––the President Obama Speech Day, and I’m not quite sure what all the fuss is about because, you see, on any given day probably 99 percent of teachers in the country can’t access anything on the Internet any way.

I along with my EduSphere bloggers have ranted about that before. Some school districts like McKinney ISD have become so paranoid that they have implemented policies restricting even email contact between teachers and students. Hails Bails, friends tell me all the time about how they can’t access my blog at their schools. And don’t even get me started on trying to download images from Google at school. Teachers across this great land of ours have to resort to pretending we’re Russian and surf on over to the communist side. (Are Russians still considered communists?) Ah, the things one must do in the name of education.

So, to President Obama, I say good luck with that whole speech thing and getting through the school house door.

Here’s a tip though, Mr. President, in case you do managed to break through: I noticed there was absolutely no mention of a rubber chicken in your address. Now, Mr. President, if you want those kiddos to listen to you, well, you better rustle one up speedy quick.

You’re going to have to trust me on that one.


Chrystal K. said...

I really love that speech and if I were still in school and heard that on the first day, I really do think that it would make an impact on me, especially coming from a man who is living proof that hard work and dedication are important and rewarding.

Mrs. B said...

You're right. I didn't even bother to try to show mine the speech because I doubted the streaming video would work. Maybe if there's a recorded version on a government web site that passes our school's filter. And maybe if I can cram it in with the 1,577 other topics that I am supposed to be teaching ALONG with teaching children to be well-behaved members of society. I don't know. I'm not a math teacher, but I think the probability is low.

Clix said...

*peek* Hey, Richie - would you be willing to send this post in for the EduCarnival?