Ignorance won’t take a holiday, so DemWit can’t.
POTUS wants to encourage America’s school children to study hard and set goals, and across the country right-wing parents are teaching their children lessons in prejudice and fear.
The likes of Fox’s Glenn Beck are telling these poor ignorant souls to keep their children home from school Tuesday to protect them from our president’s words.
Today DemWit presents the Ignorance in Education Award to one so-called educator who sadly typifies others across America:
Escambia County, Florida, Superintendent of Education Malcolm Thomas.
Here’s Thomas in his own words as quoted in the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal (LINK):
"We do not let teachers just watch television. It's going to have to fit with what they're teaching the children. We're in a district where our students struggle. We have bell-to-bell instruction, and we don't want to waste a single minute."
So, Escambia County schools, like so many with lily-livered superintendents, have the option to tape the president's words, which teachers might get permission to show later – if they can justify fitting them into their curricula.
I am 67 years old, and I sit here recalling my days at Viola E. Lake Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., where, in February, we cut out construction paper hatchets symbolic of George Washington cutting down the cherry tree and fashioned with our scissors Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat. In the morning, we would “waste a single minute” pledging allegiance to our country’s flag. We revered our president, Dwight D. Eisenhower. We were good kids, and discipline was the order of the classroom. We learned the "three Rs" and so much more.
So, DemWit salutes Supt. Thomas for exposing the ignorance pervasive in our nation today, even in our children’s schools.
A voice of reason at the Pensacola News Journal:
"Students should hear Obama talk," a column by Reginald T. Dogan, 5 September 2009: LINK