The following letter was sent to me by Eddie Coulson, CSISD Superintendent today about the upcoming Presidential address to the students of College Station Independent School District. I know we all have differing political views and I’m sure we have different opinions on whether this address is a good one or not BUT, I believe we should give Our President the benefit of the doubt and listen to what he has to say before we judge him. I may not have voted for him but he IS OUR PRESIDENT and if his challenge to the students to “work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning” helps our students – I am ALL FOR IT!!!
CSISD Community:CSISD SuperintendentAccording to a recent communication received from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, President Obama is scheduled to speak to all (PK-12) public school children in the nation on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 11:00 AM central time. The letter CSISD principals received is attached.* As stated in the letter, the intent of the Presidential address is to “challenge students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning.” And, according to the letter, the President will “call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American Citizens.”As scheduled, the Presidential address will come via streaming video from www.whitehouse.gov. At this time, it is not known how long the presidential address will be or how capable our network will be of showing the address in real time. We have upgraded our bandwidth significantly over the years, but there is a limit to how much data, especially video, can be piped into our system at any one time via the internet.CSISD will take the following position related to the Presidential address:
- All social studies classes that are in session at 11:00 AM on September 8 will watch the address live.
- Students who are not able to see the live presidential address will watch the address in their social studies class over the course of the days following September 8.
- Parents will have the opportunity to opt their children out of watching the address. The parents of children grades PK-4 wishing to do so should send a signed note to their child’s homeroom teacher. Parents of children grades 5-12 should send a signed note to their child’s social studies teacher.Certainly, CSISD is working hard to provide students with a relevant education. As we do so, the opportunity to hear directly from the President will allow us to generate a number of good discussions related to educational expectations and working hard in school. For more information about the Presidential address, see www.ed.gov.Thanks.Eddie Coulson