Thursday, February 26, 2009

Obama to parents: Turn off TV, put away video games

Note in passing: President Obama made one of the strongest, most widely heard appeals ever for media literacy in his speech before the joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

Here's what he said:

….education policies will open the doors of opportunity for our children. But it is up to us to ensure they walk through them. In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a parent -- for a mother or father who will attend those parent/teacher conferences, or help with homework, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, read to their child. (Applause.) I speak to you not just as a President, but as a father, when I say that responsibility for our children's education must begin at home. That is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. That's an American issue.

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Blogger Ellen Currey-Wilson said...

I also noticed Obama's comment in his speech Tuesday night on the importance of parents who turn off the television and put away the video games. School performance is directly affected by how much television children watch. Obama understands this and I applaud him for repeatedly taking a stand on this issue.

Keep up the good work, Rick. And on another note, I just saw Wilson High School's production of "Rent" last night. These kids are absolutely amazing! Tomorrow is the last day to see them. Don't miss it!
Best wishes,
Ellen Currey-Wilson

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