Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.
Do you know what your kids are learning at school? Parents in New Jersey were surprised to learn that a few of their children were (reportedly) taught some very pro-Obama songs about "all [his] great accomplishments" as part of Black History month. Keep in mind, Black History month is in February. President Obama only took office toward the end of January! What accomplishments?
Video of 18 grade school kids singing a pro Obama song to the Battle Hymn of the Republic tune was bad enough. It could be worse, I suppose; at least they didn't include the line, "His truth is marching on." The chant that was styled on the spiritual, "Jesus Loves the Little Children" that included the line, "red, yellow, black or white, All are equal in his sight. Barack Hussein Obama," was over the top. (The real song lyrics are Red and Yellow, Black and White, All are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.) "Click here to see the full lyrics to both songs."
Funny how we can use the president's middle name now, isn't it?
FOXNews reported parents' reaction to the songs:
"The video has set off some families in Burlington, who said they were horrified that their children at the being 'indoctrinated' to view the president like a cult figure."
"'I'm stunned -- I can't believe it's our school,' said Jim Pronchik, who told FOXNews.com his 8-year-old son Jimmy was one of the 18 students in the video. 'We don't want to praise this guy like he's a god or an idol or a king or anything like that. That's the wrong message to be sending.'"
"Pronchik said he and his wife were never informed about the lesson, which the superintendent of Burlington Township schools says was held in February as part of Black History Month 'to honor the contributions of African Americans to our country.'"
Again, President Obama was in office one month! What accomplishments? I have never heard of this type of adoration being heaped on a living or sitting president before, much less one who just took office.
Since it was Black History month, would some mention or acknowledgment of our country electing a Black president be appropriate? I think so. Or how about the fact that we had 2 Black Secretaries of State, Condeleezza Rice and Colin Powell, under the George W. Bush administration, or something about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas?
As to when the video was made, the waters are a bit muddy here. Evidently, the young singers didn't make it to national attention on YouTube until Sept. 6th, just before President Obama's national school address. Had it not been for that posting, would anyone have known this was going on at a public school? There seems to be some controversy over when it was filmed.
According to the same FOXNews article (my emphasis), "'Alteredbeat,' the YouTube user who posted the video on the Internet, told FOXNews.com that the video was first put online by Charisse Carney-Nunes, an activist and author of the children's book "I Am Barack Obama," which her Web site says "allows children to see themselves through the inspirational story of President Obama." Carney-Nunes has been promoting the book during visits to schools on the east coast.
"'Alteredbeat' told FOXNews.com that he reached out to Carney-Nunes, who insisted that the program had been filmed in June as part of a Father's Day tribute to President Obama. 'The kids made up the songs on their own,' she wrote, according to the YouTube user
If you look at the way the children are dressed, almost all in long sleeves, I would think it was filmed in February, not June.
But be it Father's Day? Black History Month? February holidays? Book promos? whatever the reason or season, it still seems inappropriate for public school. Had it not been posted on YouTube, would the parents have ever known?
Past posts: Will parents opt kids out of Pres. Obama's national school address?
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