Unfortunately, their ulterior agenda is to protect themselves and their jobs, and the students be damned. The teachers range from incompetent to excellent, their motivation from it's-just-another-job to dedicated, but the unions make no distinction among them, and the administrators fall back on public relations newsletters when they find they have no power to make things better. They aren't organized enough to have an ulterior agenda of teaching, unless some nutcase school board imposes it from above like "intelligent design". Every ten to fifteen years there's a new fad in how best to teach math and reading, and another generation of kids suffers while they find out that doesn't work either.jpete wrote:But if I think there is an ulterior agenda [in public schools], I'll pull them out whether they like it or not.
Having Obama speak to the kids is pretty innocuous, just as having Bush speak to them was pretty harmless. It might help some, and it certainly wouldn't hurt, and all the fuss is pathetic. I have to agree with Eric, "the policy of the republican party right now is to attack on every issue no matter how benign." The "liberal" news media falls right in with the GOP, pretending that loud noise by a rude minority means there has been a "shift" in public opinion -- witness the disruption of public meetings on health care.