The White House decided to release President Obama's planned live remarks to public school students at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 8 ahead of time following complaints from parents across the United States that the purpose of the speech was to "indoctrinate students with a socialist agenda," according to a Fox News article
. You can read the President's speech at this WhiteHouse.gov link
Education Secretary Arne Duncan, called the charges made by parents "silly."
President Obama doesn't appear to take any partisan shots with his remarks, and instead "encourages students to set goals for their education and to maintain focus in the face of life's challenges," according to Fox News.
The N.C. Department of Instruction has stated the Obama address should be optional for North Carolina's public school students. You can read the full statement here.
Of the school districts located in the Triangle, Wake County and Orange County Schools are the only districts that published statements about how and whether the speech will be aired.
Wake County posted the following statement
on the "Morning Announcements" page of its website.
Earlier this week, we received information regarding President Obama's video webcast scheduled for next Tuesday, September 8th. WCPSS considers this an optional instructional activity. Should individual schools choose to participate, they are asked to follow our practice for any additional enrichment activity.
Schools may participate if:
* The video webcast activity is aligned with the state's Standard Course of Study;
* Parents of the students who might participate be made aware of the activity; and
* Should a parent choose not to have their child participate in the video webcast activity, an appropriate alternative educational activity be provided separate from the event.
Orange County released the following statement
on its website about the President's remarks: Please note that this address is an optional instructional activity. A parent or guardian has the option of not allowing their child to watch the address and participate in the activities. For those students who do not participate, supervision will be provided at each school.
Durham Public Schools, Chatham County Schools and Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools have not provided information about whether or how it will broadcast the speech. However, upon searching the Durham Public Schools site, we discovered that Southern High School does plan to show the speech and incorporate the suggested activities. You can read the school's post here.