Not All Students See President's Speech

By: Abby Barnett Email
By: Abby Barnett Email

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September 8, 2009

At 11 o'clock central time, President Barack Obama, from a high school in Arlington, VA, spoke to our nation's students about the importance of staying in school.

It's an address which, the White House said, was supposed to motivate kids and remind them of the importance of staying in school. Opponents argue it's a speech giving kids a lesson in politics.

Due to the heightened controversy over the President's speech, many schools were mixed in their decision on whether or not to air it during class time.

In the Wichita area, both Valley Center and Rose Hill school districts decided they would record the speech, view the content, then decide whether it is appropriate and for what age group.

School districts such as, Andover, Goddard, and Maize, chose to let teachers decide if the speech fit into their individual curriculum and then whether or not to show it.

Many parents we spoke with said they didn't understand the controversy over the speech. They said they thought it was something students should see, especially if it encourages children to stay in school.

"They should be allowed to see it in school. I think it's important and is something which will be important all life long," said Wichita parent, Tara Taylor.

Wichita Schools, USD 259 did not have school today. It was a scheduled in-service day for teachers.


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