There's been a lot of controversy about Obama's plan to speak to the nation's school children today. There's been talk that he is trying to indoctrinate the young ones.
It isn't that, he assures us. He merely wants to convince the kids to stay in school and give it their all and that sort of thing. To ease our fears, he's released the text of the speech in advance. It can be found here - http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/.
I suppose the closest he comes to big government propaganda is when he makes statements like:
"And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future."
"We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that – if you quit on school – you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country."
The speech is, for the most part, just a typical "stay in school, work hard, do your best, blah blah blah pep talk".
It doesn't appear to be as dangerous as some had imagined.....but then again, it could have very well had been recorded and shown at a time when the local school systems felt was best. I'd say the cost of streaming this and delivering it nation wide is a waste of valuable time and money.