GOP lawmaker to parents: Let your kids hear Obama
Lots of Republican leaders are denouncing President Obama's speech to students next week. Florida state Rep. John Legg, chairman of the House Pre-K-12 Policy Committee, takes a different perspective. In a statement issued today, Legg -- a teacher who helps run a Pasco County charter school -- urges parents to have their kids listen and learn.
"This address has prompted much controversy as of late, resulting in many parents threatening to remove their children from school on this day. While I respect a parents’ individual rights, I would offer that this event should be used as an educational opportunity and learning tool to cultivate discussion among parents and their children. Civic and public discussion should be a priority for all schools. It is important that we instill in our children a respect for the office of the President and whoever occupies that honorable position.
"Rather than excluding children from this event, I would strongly encourage parents and students to participate and be a part of the dialogue. Use this opportunity to explain their family values to their children and encourage them to discuss what is occurring and why. Parents may choose to attend school with their children, experience this event together and to participate in their child’s education. Moreover, parents should not stop being concerned and involved after Tuesday. Parents are the key to the success of both students and schools. I commend parents for being involved and vigilant regarding their children and hope they will continue to guide their children in civic education with their schools in the future."