Can I Get an Amen?

I was watching CNN and just saw a news blurb and clip on Barack Obama's speech in St.Louis yesterday. He commented on parental responsibility and how it's up to parents to help with homework, take the remote away and not buy the video games. I tried to find a video clip of that segment but couldn't find one. I was able to find a tiny blurb being reported in newspapers.

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch

Obama called on parents to take on their proper roles. "Only we in the home can teach our daughters to never allow images on television to tell them what they're worth,'' he said. "Only we as parents can make sure that when our sons grow up, that they treat women with respect and understand that when they have the ability to have a child, they must have the courage to raise a child."

I love that. I've also read speeches where he talks about not placing the blame on teachers and I appreciate that. So often I have had parents place the blame of their piss poor parenting on me. It's not my job to teach your child to behave and I shouldn't have to put up with your child's constant horrible behavior in my classroom, behavior that takes away valuable learning time away from the rest of my students. Freaking be a parent and stop it.

Anyway I like that he appears to be someone who supports teachers and what they do. We don't have that enough.


Ariella said...


I love that quote. It is so true and teacher's can't teach respect and camlness plus the other BILLION things on the NCLB testing. Parents need to be responsable for thier children, they are thier first teachers!

JackiJaguar said...

I love him. I love that he supports teachers. I love that he points out something that many would politicians would shy away from them, that parents have to be parents all the time, in every way. Others would sugar coat it.

JenM said...

As a fellow teacher, I'll give you an AMEN! Wouldn't it be nice if that message got out to the parents I deal with?

Marijana said...

Can I just say how much I love Obama? Nice to know there are fellow nesties out there who love him just as much as I do!

CLML from GP