Failing kids on civics
Excusing schoolchildren from a presidential address for fear of his ideas is a poor lesson.
Virginia’s public schools shouldn’t have to make alternate arrangements for students whose parents fear they’ll be exposed to — a civics lesson. President Obama’s planned speech Tuesday to the nation’s schoolchildren is to be a message from the elected chief executive of their country encouraging them to study hard and succeed in school, an attempt to inspire. Nevertheless, the Virginia Department of Education issued an advisory this week to schools that choose to tune in: Be prepared with some alternative for students whose parents object.