In 1991, then-President Bush addressed school kids in a speech broadcast live to school classrooms nationwide. Among other things, he promoted his own administration’s education policies. But before he wrapped up his remarks, H.W. Bush told students something else:
“Let me know how you’re doing. Write me a letter — and I’m serious about this one — write me a letter about ways you can help us achieve our goals. I think you know the address.”
Why didn’t anyone have a full-throttle, hair-pulling, eye-bulging, spittle-flecked freakout when Bush 41 talked to schoolchildren about values like hard work and responsibility and asked them to (cue ominous music) write him a letter?
Or when Reagan spoke to students back in 1988?
Or for that matter, when Bush 43 read “The Pet Goat” to the kids at a Florida elementary school? Because who knows what vile political propaganda he’d intended to indoctrinate them with after that fateful reading, if he hadn’t been interrupted?
How often, over the years, has the scene below played out across the USA?
You got it: NEVER. Why?
Think about it, it’ll come to you.
UPDATE: Here’s the text of the speech, as released by the White House today. I don’t know about you, but it sounds pretty subversive to me. Like this:
Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today?
SHRIEEEEK! It gets worse…
And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.