Obama School Speech Text Available Before Broadcast
The speech which U.S. President Barack Obama's is to deliver to school children on Tuesday is available to read on the White House website today.
The speech caused controversy long before the details of it were released, as conservatives and republicans feared Obama might try to convey a partisan political agenda. Some parents are threatening to keep their children at home on Wednesday, so that they don't have to listen to the speech. But Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, said that was "just silly".
Duncan says the message of the speech is just to encourage children to stay in school. President Obama will also ask the children to write letters to themselves, discussing how they can achieve their goals. It is up to individual school administrators to decide whether or not to air the speech.
Previous American Presidents have also addressed school children. In 1991, George H. W. Bush delivered a speech aimed at children, and Ronald Reagan did the same in 1988. Reagan told American children that taxes were bad.
Barack Obama's speech will be streamed live on whitehouse.gov/live, and broadcast on C-Span on Tuesday.
On Sunday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that parents who are threatening to keep their children home Tuesday to avoid Obama's speech were being "silly."
"Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that just really upsets me," suburban Colorado mother Shanneen Barron told CNN Denver affiliate KMGH. "I'm an American. They are Americans, and I don't feel that's OK. I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now."