Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009 | 2:02 a.m.
What in the world is happening to our country? President Barack Obama wants to give some words of encouragement to schoolchildren to behave, study hard, stay in school, do their best ... and people are protesting? As a former teacher, it is beyond me why anyone would discourage children from getting a “pep talk” from their president.
Nowadays, that is a lot more than they will get from home. And listening to the words of the president, would lead to nice classroom discussions of the need to do well in today’s changing world. It is beyond me what some people are thinking.
Today’s students need all the encouragement they can get from all sources: parents, teachers, coaches, caregivers and, yes, even from President Obama.