Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Letter from a School District in Illinois Regarding the Obama Presentation

I thought I would share this letter, this came from a cousin's school in Illinois. Friends in Croydon and Newport have reported they have not received any information from their school.

Spelling and grammar errors as well as typos are left as an exercise for my readers.

"This is Dan Schweers, Superintendent of District 59, calling with two messages. First, all of our schools will be closed Monday, September 7, 2009, in honor of the Labor Day Holiday. School will resume on Tuesday, September 8th.

Second, concerning the President's speech on Tuesday, September 8, 2009:

In District 59, we will not view the speech live. Rather, we will record it and then show it to students at a later time, most likely later next week.

This approach makes sense for several reasons. First, as responsible educators, this will give us the opportunity to review the content, and then create meaningful learning activities to complement the President's speech.

As an example, if setting goals is a focal point of the speech, then teachers might also use it in conjunction with our goals-setting conferences, which take place several weeks from now.

Second, roughly a third of our students will likely need part or all of the speech translated. Recording and then showing it at a later date will enable us to provide adequate translators for our English Language Learners who require
such assistance.

Finally, we understand and are sensitive to the fact that some parents may not want their children to watch the President's speech. We want to give those parents an opportunity to exercise that option. However, given the fact that the
speech is Tuesday {which follows the holiday on Monday}, it would be very difficult to give parents that option if we were to show it live.

Regardless of when we show the video, parents will have the option to hold their student out of that activity.

Thanks, and have a wonderful holiday weekend."

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