Las Vegas sixth-grade teacher Betty Buehler highlights the hypocrisy she sees in her own school:
Private employee to captive students: "Who's ready for more prizes?!"
President of the United States to students, many of whom are not allowed to listen:
"I'm here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I'm here because I want to talk with you about your education and what's expected of all of you...."
Private employee: "How many of you would like to get out of school for a show?" (The motivator describes a BMX show that will come to the school for certain sales numbers.) "The top 25 sellers of the school will sit in a special VIP section and get autographs."
President: "But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities."
Private employee: "Who wants to get out of school ... and ride in a limo?! YAY!" The kids scream madly. (Top-selling kids get a lunchtime limo ride to a pizza place.)
President: "[S]how up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents, and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed." [Betty Buehler, "Schools Shun Obama Yet Let Sales Firms Prey on Students," Christian Science Monitor, 2009.10.30]
The "values" of unrestrained capitalism are much more destructive to the moral health of our youth than anything our President wants them to learn.