I remember sitting in a public school classroom in Oklahoma and watching this…
And yes, there were complaints such as; Patricia Schroeder, then a Democratic member of Congress from Colorado, said the speech showed “the arrogance of power,” and that the White House should not be “using precious dollars for campaigns” when “we are struggling for every silly dime we can get” for education.
And there were responses such as; “Why is it political for the president of the United States to discuss education?” asked Newt Gingrich, who was then the House Republican whip. “It was done at a nonpolitical site and was beamed to a nonpolitical audience. . . . They wanted to reach the maximum audience with the maximum effect to improve education.”
I sat in a public school classroom in Nebraska and watching this…
I could not find any evidence of complaints or responses, but this was 1986, I would likely have to look beyond the World Wide Web to find these records.
So I am also confused over the outrage over this;
There is some complaining to be done:
There were complaints over Bush giving the speech, but not a call from a legislator for parents to complain, vote out school board members and keep their children home from school. I think what Newt Gingrich had to say was on target. Many voters were not aware before today that this speech had been scheduled, because the press release happened late yesterday, so of course they didn’t know. The news started running the story as soon as it was released, so if parents don’t watch or read the news where does that responsibility lie?
Although my boys aren’t old enough to vote, they are citizens of the United States. They are future voters and they need to know that they are significant not only as an individual and part of a family, peer group, class, organization, community, city, county or state, but as a part of our country. I sent a note with my fourth grader today explaining that if the school would not be showing the address to let me know and I would come get him for that hour, bring him home and allow him to watch it here.