they did keith. i don't have a problem with our political leaders talking to kids. in fact, i think it probably help engage them in the process. if, for instance, kennedy had given a talk about the space program, i would have been fine. talking about the importance of education, staying in school, bush 2 going to read to a class...no problem.
what's getting the parents that i have talked to, is that they don't think this president can give a non-political talk. they don't want him stressing some kinds of yet to be defined, mandatory, "national service". they don't want him talking about green this, and global warming that.....
the more they see of the people who surround him, by his choice, the less they trust him to be around their kids. this is especially true with some of the since changed wording in the work sheet.
as one mom put it "asking the kids how they can help the president is like asking the butler to sit down an have tea"....and no, it was not a racial remark. her point was that the president works for the people. if you put it in the kids heads early that it's the other way around, she saw that as a problem. why not ask the kids how they can help themselves? their parents? their church or community?