This was e-mailed to me this morning- Why is the lunacy of the extreme fringe right wing allowed to control the conversation in the country? Does anyone think The Director of Teaching & Learning will feel foolish on Wednesday morning after all is said and done?
EASTON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
EDUCATION CENTER * 1801 BUSHKILL DRIVE * EASTON , PA 18040-8186 Phone:
610-250-2400 ext. 35036 Fax: 610-250-9730 STEPHEN FURST, DIRECTOR OF TEACHING & LEARNING (K-12)
September 5, 2009
To Members of the Easton Area School Community:
In response to the numerous telephone calls and e-mails from members of the Easton Area community expressing concern over President Barack Obama's speech on Tuesday and the national firestorm of protest that has ensued, the Easton Area School District Administration has decided to secure a recording of Tuesday's Presidential address for administrative review rather than allow our staff members to show it at their discretion in their classrooms. Also, given the short notice of this event, we could not guarantee that every student would have the opportunity to view the President's speech; therefore, acquiring a copy of the speech for possible future use by our teaching staff, in a manner consistent with school district policy, seems to be a more prudent and equitable initial approach to dealing with this controversial issue.
During the week of September 7th, the District Administration will review the Presidential speech and accompanying lesson plans to ascertain if their use is appropriate for classroom presentation and, if deemed necessary, will decide on a venue and procedure for future use by our staff members. This proactive approach to viewing the Presidential speech should not be interpreted as a slight to our President or the judgment of our staff members; rather, the District Administration is attempting to balance the benefits our students will gain from viewing this speech during the school day against the potential disruption that may occur to the educational process on Tuesday, September 8th, and beyond.
In the meantime, we encourage families to discuss this issue as they deem appropriate and view the speech should they so decide, as we believe that our parents are presently in the best position to deal with and manage this situation for the benefit of their children.