I did not take my children out of school today, nor did I write a note excusing them from listening to Obama's speech to the schoolchildren of America. This morning I told my daughters to be very respectful during the speech and that we could talk about it when they got home. I didn't make them write a report or anything, but my 4th grader gave me a report of sorts in the car on the way home and I asked her if she wanted to type it for me. She was excited to do it and started the first sentence as a report, but I told her not to do anything formal, just simply to type out what she told me in the car. She cut it short to go play with a friend before dinner, but this is what she wrote.
On September 8th, 2009, I watched President Obama give his speech. Some kids got a note from their parents and got to do fun stuff instead. I was very jealous. I listened to him talk about school and how it was the first day of school (although it wasn’t) and other boring stuff for FIFTEEN MINUTES! To a kid that’s a looong time in school.
During the speech, my friend and her friend were talking, and my teacher said they were being very disrespectful to the president, the leader of our armed forces (blah, blah, blah and some other stuff).
Later, in the library, a kid in my class said that he was very happy that Obama beat McCain. I asked him why. He said (and this is the funny part) that he would bring back slavery and raise taxes! I said how do you know that? He said, “Because I watched the news” and I said “You don’t watch the news if you think that!” and it was basically back and forth from there. But when he said he said HE knew more than MY MOM, it was a fight worthy of a war. I was so mad I broke my pencil and later, my crayon.
The dispute ended there, thankfully far short of a war. The blah, blah, blah was not meant to be disrespectful, that is just what she says when she can't remember exactly what else was said. I provided the italics because that part of the story was what I found most shocking. I have not yet talked to my 8th grader about the speech because she had cheer practice after school. I didn't get a call from her teacher or the principal yet though, so I assume she didn't get into any trouble (of the pencil breaking variety or otherwise).
Update: Get a middle school student's reaction (and her mom's) at Bookworm Room.