Hello, Carrie Pederson of Sioux Falls. I'm sure you'll find this post unfair, insulting, and mean. But when you use the public airwaves to say stupid things, you must expect public criticism.
What stupid thing did you say? In reference to President Barack Obama's upcoming speech to America's schoolkids, you offered this utterly silly argument:
"I don't like the idea that he's going to speak directly to the children and we don't know what's going to be said," Sioux Falls parent Carrie Pederson said.
Um, Carrie? Do you know what happens in school? There are a bunch of scary adults called teachers who speak directly to your children every day. And you probably have less idea of what those teachers are going to say on any given day than you do of what the President plans to say Tuesday. (Quick quiz: tell me what your kids' teachers will say in school Wednesday.) At any moment, one of those teachers could start spouting off propaganda to turn your defenseless children into Darwinists or anarchists or (horrors!) docile employees who don't challenge authority.
And what sort of accountability is there for these so-called teachers? Unlike the President, teachers don't have reporters following them everywhere they go. Unlike the President, who is selected in an excruciatingly long and brutal public selection process, teachers are reviewed and hired behind closed doors by a handful of people.
What kind of a parent are you to surrender your children to these dangerous teachers? How can you get through each day knowing you've left your children unsupervised in the grip of such unchecked potential brainwashing?
Letting teachers speak directly to your children—unbelievable! unconscionable! I'll bet you're the kind of parent who lets other adults speak directly to your kids without any supervision, like Sunday school teachers, police officers, and giant corporations (how many ads for Pepsi, Coke, Nike, Hollister are your poor brainwashed children subjected to every day?). You might as well tell your kids to run with scissors while you're at it.
By the way, Carrie, David Brooks considers your concerns over the upcoming Presidential address "totally unrealistic and insane."