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Obama Rap Song Taught to School Children

By TheWatchman on September 24, 2009

At a time when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in schools has faced significant scrutiny, several adults at B. Bernice Young Elementary in Burlington Township, NJ thought nothing of coaching a group of school kids in their performance of an Obama rap song.  The woman who videotaped the students is Charisse Carney-Nunes, author of the children's book I Am Barack Obama.  The book's cover is displayed on the easel to the left of the students in the video. The footage landed on YouTube earlier this month.  Due to the quality of the audio, certain portions of the Obama rap song video are hard to hear.  We deciphered the lyrics and posted them in transcript format below.
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Tucson Schools Unveil Race-Based Discipline

By TheWatchman on September 22, 2009

During a summer seminar, The Tucson Unified School District unveiled a race-based disciplinary system in an effort to balance out the discrepancies between minority students and their fellow classmates.  The plan, titled the "Post-Unitary Status Plan", would specifically focus on "improving" the academic status of TUSD's Black and Hispanic students, with the goal of creating a "restorative school culture and climate" that conveys a "sense of belonging to all students."  To accomplish this, the board is insisting that its schools reduce the number of suspensions and/or expulsions of minority students so that the data reflects "no ethnic/racial disparities."
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Superintendent Bill Cason Asked to Resign for Not Showing Obama Speech

By TheWatchman on September 16, 2009

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Rev. Floyd Rose addresses the Valdosta Board of Education demanding Cason's resignation.

Valdosta City School Superintendent Dr. Bill Cason was asked to resign Monday night during a regular Board of Education meeting. Rev. Floyd Rose, president of the Valdosta/Lowndes County Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addressed the Board and the predominately black audience regarding Cason's decision not to show President Barack Obama’s speech on education during school hours. Prior to the meeting, the Board of Education Office received numerous complaints and demands as to why Obama's speech was not shown.

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President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech

By TheWatchman on September 8, 2009

President Barack Obama addressed students today to give them a 'pep talk' about their education and responsiblities to our country.  Some schools are showing the speech, some are not, some have an 'opt out' option and some are recording it to air later.  Here are a few more details about this controversial speech.

Obama opting to speak directly to children in school has met extreme backlash from the conservative side, who cite that he is indoctrinating them.  This came after reading his original speech plans and lessons, which included having students "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president" and discussing "what the President wants us to do".  After the conservative backlash hit the media, the wording was changed to say "write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term educational goals". 

Shown below is the speech text that was released prior to his televised speech on September 8th.
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Barack Obama ‘I Pledge’ Video Screened at Elementary School

By TheWatchman on September 7, 2009

On August 28th, Eagle Bay Elementary School students in Farmington, Utah were shown a celebrity filled Barack Obama video called 'I Pledge' during a back-to-school assembly about service.  Ofelia Wade, the school's principal, said she had not seen the video prior to airing it at the assembly, but that the PTA group had selected it.  The principal has since apologized for showing the video, citing that she could see it contained political views.  Some of the pledges contained liberal views, including advancing stem cell research.  

The video featured actors, actresses and musicians that children idolize, including Cameron Diaz, Laura Linney, Hayden Panetierre, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Dakota Fanning, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Alyssa Milano, Ashlee Simpson, Nicole Ritchie, Jaime Pressley, Eva Mendes, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Eva Longoria, Will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas), Joel Madden (Good Charlotte) and many more.

One of the most noticeable pledges is from Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, saying "I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama." (3:17). 
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