President Obama's Address to Schoolchildren
If you were in school today, you probably watched President Obama give the speech he had scheduled on why academics is important. Because my school schedules the passing periods at non-well-rounded-times, I missed the speech because I was walking to class. Now, instead of doing my physics homework I’m stumbling around YouTube trying to find the speech to motivate me to get going on my homework. I haven’t found it yet, but I found this video which I thought was simply too hilarious to not post.
Let’s critically think about this whole thing ourselves (even though I’ve already biased you by posting this here, but think of overcoming the bias as a challenge)
Regarding the video: Is it fair to say that motivating a student to become better educated leads them to register as Democrats like the video insinuated? Is this too much of a strawman of the outrage from the conservatives or is it an accurate portrayal of why they were concerned about the speech? Is using Hitler too extreme to make the point or is it a fair use of comedy?
Regarding the speech, for those of you who have seen it: Did Obama’s speech really have any substance? Did he slip liberal/socialist biases in? And, for a far broader question, does going through the public education system as Obama encourages really do anything to improve critical thinking?