Dear Dr. Thein,

I am a parent of a child in the Roseville, MN School District. I am very concerned about news reports I’ve been hearing from elsewhere in Minnesota indicating that there are parents upset about The President of the United States addressing the students in some classrooms next week.

I am primarily concerned with the responses by the school districts to the parents. The responses I’ve heard have been rather appeasing to these parents. I do not think this is appropriate.

The parents in question are insane.


They are suggesting, perhaps not to school districts directly but in all their other rhetoric, that President Obama is Adolph Hitler incarnate and intends to convert the political system of the United States to a communistic or socialistic one. They claim that this speech to the students is the first step in their indoctrination into a kind of “Obama Youth” that will do the President’s bidding at some future time. Many of them also claim that our health insurance system is not in need of reform, that President Obama was born in Kenya, and that Apollo 11 did not actually land on the moon. It is also clear from much of their rhetoric that they are reacting to the fact that our newly elected president is African American. In fact, I consider much of this defaming rhetoric to be very thinly disguised racism.

I know some of this sounds rather funny, but it is not, and I am not making any of this up.

When you receive calls from these parents, please make sure to tell them that what they are asking is potentially unpatriotic as well as anti-education. You might suggest to them that if they have a problem with this … a short speech by the Duly elected President of the United States … then they would not like much else of what goes on in Social Studies, Language Arts and Science classes. You might even suggest that they should take their children out of the school system entirely if this is a large problem. After all, the public school system is … sort of socialized.

I implore, and in fact as a tax paying citizen, insist that you enforce state law in this case. If these parents keep their children out of school because they (the parents) are insane and do not want their children to hear a speech from our president, that should NOT under any circumstances be considered as an excused absence. The child should be seen as truant and the parents as culpable.

Well, OK, maybe that is going to far, though technically it is correct. But at the very least, please do not provide some mealy-mouthed response that makes them feel good. In fact, you should provide a reply that makes them feel a little bad or at least, makes them consider seeking help for their insanity. At the very least, please firmly tell them you have registered their concerns but do not intend to change your plans.

I for one insist that you not balk in any way at showing this speech. Make good use of it. It is well intended and will be well executed.

Remember, no matter how many insane people call you to tell you to not allow The President of the United States into Roseville classrooms, there are many, many more people out there who support our President as well as your efforts in education.

Thank you very much,

Greg Laden
Patriotic American Citizen and Sane Parent

Comments

  1. #1 Break the Terror (Evan)
    September 3, 2009

    Exquisite, sir.

  2. #2 Ken
    September 3, 2009

    wow.

    way to make yourself look like a nutjob while trying to address the problem of real nutjobs.

    The correct response would be to have the kids discuss the good and bad points of the speech in class and at home … so we have a chance for the kids to see where any insanity may be coming from.

    so that there’s a chance the children of loons will learn they can think freely and don’t have to get sucked into the insanity themselves.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    September 3, 2009

    The correct response would be to have the kids discuss the good and bad points of the speech in class and at home … so we have a chance for the kids to see where any insanity may be coming from.

    That is indeed the correct response. The contents of my letter do not obviate that at all. I’m not sure why you would interpret a letter expressing the concerns of a member of this school district’s community (and,really, giving the superintendent a clear tickmark in the “not opposed to the President’s speech” column to counteract the other nutjobs… I mean, the others who are nutjobs …. when they write or call in, as a statement about pedagogy. Kinda nuts, really.

  4. #4 Vince
    September 3, 2009

    Outstanding!

  5. #5 Alice
    September 3, 2009

    I’ve written my letter! Let’s see how it goes.

  6. #6 Hank
    September 3, 2009

    Copied, Pasted, Sent.

  7. #7 Roxanne
    September 3, 2009

    I hope the school board listens.

  8. #8 Break the Terror (Evan)
    September 3, 2009

    Pointing out the nutjobs makes one a nutjob, Mr. Concern-y McTroll-ington?

  9. #9 TDG
    September 5, 2009

    Boogey boogey!

    That’s what this is all about. Create a boogey man, and beat him. Really, that’s all the republicans can do right now. He’s going to pull the plug on Grandma! Stop him! He’s lying about raising taxes on Middle class, stop him! He wants to turn your kid into a Socialist, stop him! Obama never was going to do any of these things, but if Republicans can make you believe he was, and he doesn’t, they claim they stopped him when he was never going to do what they say he was going to.

  10. #10 Mike Licht
    September 6, 2009

    After the President of the United States speaks to school children about the value of education, Republican Tea Baggers will make opposing comments extolling ignorance.

    See:

    http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/obamas-dangerous-message-to-our-children/