The ‘Ya Don’t Say’ Moment of the Day: Obama Says He Didn’t Always Do His Math Homework

It’s all starting to make sense now:

A math teacher at Friday’s town hall asked whether Obama, as a high school freshman, got math homework every night and if so, did he complete it.

The president’s answer: “Yes, and sometimes.”

As Obama’s math acumen demonstrates here and here and here and here and here (or his grasp of history, gym, spelling, and geography for that matter), I’d be surprised if he did any homework. But it doesn’t really matter if Obama did his math homework as long as his voters didn’t either.

How fortunate for Obama and his administration that accounting is an “inexact science”.

In a related math story, there’s a debate going on in Obama’s Treasury Department as we speak. Let’s join it now live:

Maybe No Child Will Be Left Behind, But Daniel Boone, Patton, Columbus and Jesus Might Be

Very recently, the left was complaining that an activist bloc of right-wingers had taken over the Texas School Board, but if the following story is even close to the truth, it sure doesn’t sound like that’s the case anymore:

A state board of only 15 people will vote on whether to revise U.S. textbooks to omit references to Daniel Boone, Gen. George Patton, Nathan Hale, Columbus Day and Christmas.

The Texas State Board of Education will also vote on a proposal to substitute the term “American” with “global citizen.”

Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, is warning Americans to speak up before only eight people, with a majority vote, have a chance to literally rewrite American history.
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According to Liberty Counsel, some of the suggestions that have come forward at various times include:

–Removing references to Daniel Boone, General George Patton, Nathan Hale, Columbus Day and Christmas.

–Including the cultural impact of hip-hop music, ACLU lawyer Clarence Darrow and the Hindu holiday of Diwali.

–Replacing the term “American” with “global citizen” – stating that students need to be shaped “for responsible citizenship in a global society” without any mention of citizenship in American society.

–Replacing expansionism and free enterprise with imperialism and capitalism.

Wouldn’t it be easier just to omit “Texas School Board” from the textbooks? I can’t imagine this kind of thing would fly with most Texas voters when it’s time to re-elect the school board, but, like Obamacare, the left knows that once it’s in, it’s almost impossible to get out. Sure, maybe it’ll get voted down, but the fact that it’s even up for a vote — and in Texas of all places — is troublesome.

And this crap wouldn’t end at the Texas border, because other states purchase textbooks from Texas, so this is a national issue that can no doubt be traced to Washington, DC. Texas is also the largest textbook market in the country, so other states may be required to conform to their standards via the traditional funding blackmail game that the federal government likes to play with states.

Here’s Staver discussing this proposed madness with Mike Huckabee:

Obama Teaches Kids the ‘Progress’ Sign

The server was down all night and most of the morning, so we’ll be back up to speed soon. Until then here’s President Obama visiting with school kids in Wisconsin this week, some of whom are clad in official Obama Gearâ„¢, and it looks to me as if the president is trying to teach the kids the official Sign of Progress (in the educational sense, the message behind the sign is “try hard in school, but if you don’t it doesn’t really matter because everything’s gonna be free anyway):

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After that short break, the children went back to work rehearsing songs of praise for The One.

**For more information on the history of the “Progress” sign, see the 2:20 mark of this video of “The Way to Eden” episode of Star Trek.

The Obama Youth, Part XXI

I’d like to say that this video was shot in a Baghdad school in 1990 and that the kids are chanting “Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti” instead of “Barack Hussein Obama,” but I can’t.

This was shot at the Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, NJ this year:

Why are they doing this? Hey, somebody’s got to train the kids so they can be in the Obama Youth Brigade when they’re a little older.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled re-education video.

Update: Michelle has more background on that video here.

‘Indoctrination 101’: Obama to Deliver National Address to Students

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Hope is not only alive, but mandatory on the first day of school for many American students. It’s never too soon to get the “Obama Youth” movement fired up.

A brief intro from Exurbanleague:

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, President Obama is going to deliver an address to all American students. Obama’s Department of (Re-)Education helpfully provides detailed instructions so that the teachers can help promote Dear Leader’s message.

I went to the Department of (re)Education’s website, and sure enough, a quick search lead to a suggested “teacher’s guide” (MS Word doc can be downloaded here) for instructors — I’ll post it in full here, excluding some typically touchy-feely gibberish at the end, but you get the gist:

Grades 7-12 Menu of Classroom Activities: President Obama’s Address to Students Across America

Produced by Teaching Ambassador Fellows, U.S. Department of Education
September 8, 2009

Before the Speech:

• Quick Write or Think/Pair/Share (Students spend a few minutes Thinking and writing about the question; Paired with another student to discuss, then Sharing their ideas with the class as a whole). What do we associate with the words responsibility, persistence, and goals? How would we define each term? A teacher might create a web of student ideas for each of the words.
• Quick Write or Brainstorm: What are your strengths? At what are you successful as a person/student? What makes you successful at these efforts? List at least three things you are successful at and why you feel successful with these tasks.
• Short readings. Notable quotes excerpted (and posted in large print on board) from President Obama’s speeches about education. Teacher might ask students to think alone, compare ideas with a partner, and share their collaborations with the class (Think/Pair/Share) about the following: What are our interpretations of these excerpts? Based on these excerpts, what can we infer the President believes is important to be successful educationally?
• Brainstorm or Concept Web: Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us? What might he say?
• Brainstorm or Concept Web: What other historic moments do you remember when the President spoke to the nation? What was the impact? Students could create a Cause/Effect graphic organizer.

During the Speech:

• Listening with a purpose: personal responsibility, goals, persistence. Teachers might ask pairs of students to create a word bank from the web of any one of the terms (personal responsibility, goals, or persistence) at the top of a double-column style notes page. On the right-hand side, students could take notes while President Obama talks about personal responsibility, or goals, or persistence, trying to capture direct quotations. At the end of the speech, students could then write the corresponding terms from the word bank in the left hand column, to increase retention and deepen their understanding of an important aspect of the speech.
• Listening with a purpose: Inspiration and Challenges. Using a similar double-column style notes page as the one above, the teacher could focus students on quotations that either propose a specific challenge to them or inspire them in some meaningful way. Students could do this individually, in pairs or groups.

Transition/Quick Review: Teachers could ask students to look over the notes and collaborate in pairs or small groups. What more could we add to our notes? Teachers might circulate and ask students questions such as: What are the most important words in the speech? What title would you give it? What’s the thesis?

After the Speech:

Guided Discussion:

• What resonated with you from President Obama’s speech? What lines/phrases do you remember?
• Who is President Obama addressing? How do you know? Describe his audience.
• We heard President Obama mention the importance of personal responsibility. In your life, who exemplifies this kind of personal responsibility? How? Give examples.
• How are we as individuals and as a class similar? Different?
• Suppose President Obama were to give another speech about being educationally successful. Who could he speak to next? Who should be his next audience? Why? What would he say?
• What are the three most important words in the speech? Rank them. What title would you give this speech? What’s the thesis?
• What is President Obama inspiring you to do? What is he challenging you to do?
• What do you believe are the challenges of your generation?
• How can you be a part of addressing these challenges?

And I’m guessing at the end of the speech, Obama will be joined some Sesame Street characters as well as certain representatives from ACORN and other socially-conscious groups to teach kids the proper way to conduct a census in their home, and which comrade — I mean, “community organizer” — to report back to in their pre-designated Area of Hope and Change. Time permitting, everybody will close the day with the Youth Regiment Pledge.

If you have kids in public school, call the school and demand to see the script that the teleprompter is going to have Obama read to the kids, and/or demand to sit in their class when they show the speech. If they refuse on either count, tell them your child won’t be in school that day. A free-thinker who’s a little short on class time is always preferable to an over-indoctrinated academic.

Here’s the best part for me personally. My kids don’t start school until September 9th, but don’t tell that to the Agents of Hope, or they might delay the message a day.

Update: Michelle Malkin points out one teacher who will run with this curriculum (video toward the end of this post)

Update II: Lauri Regan at the American Thinker writes on the same subject: My kids are off limits

(h/t Ace)