Some encourage all students to watch Obama's education speech

Some encourage all students to watch Obama's education speech

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SALT LAKE CITY -- School districts around Utah are receiving calls from parents who don't want their kids watching an upcoming speech from the President of the United States on education. However, some political experts say allowing the students to watch the speech can be a good educational opportunity, no matter what their political leanings are.


University of Utah political science professor Tim Chambless says in the past it was a normal occurrence to gather students together to listen to a president speak. He thinks only a small minority is objecting to Obama's education speech.

However, he says the outcry does show how divided our country has become.

"I think they may very well be afraid of ideas being expressed that differ from their own, and ones which they cannot filter directly as parents," Chambless said. "So many more issues have become politicized since you and I were at elementary school."

According to the [U.S. Department of Education](, the President will speak about "persisting and succeeding in school." The president will also "challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning." The Dept. of Education invites "students of all ages, teachers, and administrators" [to watch the President's address]( and encourages "educators to help students get focused and inspired to begin the new academic year."
Chambless suggests all students, teachers, and parents watch the speech and then take time to discuss what was presented over the dinner table or another setting. That way ideas can be heard and discussed based on their merits.

"I think we as a nation benefit from more ideas, more free expression rather than suppressing free expression. Let ideas compete in the marketplace of ideas and then, hopefully, we choose the best for our school children," said Chambless.


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