Nickelodeon gets in on the stay-in-school bandwagon
Whether or not you let your kids watch President Barack Obama's speech on education to the nation's schoolchildren, Nickelodeon -- and all the other Viacom networks -- think that kids still need to hear a message on staying in school. So the network of SpongeBob SquarePants, iCarly and the Penguins of Madagascar is airing a special at 8 p.m. tonight called Get Schooled: You Have the Right, in which Obama, NBA star LeBron James and singer Kelly Clarkson talk about the importance of staying in school and getting a good education. In addition to Nickelodeon, the 30-minute special also will air simultaneously on BET, MTV, VH1, CMT, COMEDY CENTRAL and Spike TV.
According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Get Schooled: You Have the Right formally kicks off "Get Schooled," a five-year national initiative co-developed by the foundation and Viacom that creates a platform to address the challenges facing America's public schools.
Many parents had said that they would rather watch the president's speech with their children than let him indoctrinate them with his own political agenda. Well, maybe this is a good way to watch how education played a role in the lives of these three different people and to discuss the importance a good education after the show.
-- Sherry Robinson
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