On Wednesdays, Rt brings home a reader of some sort to read out loud for his homework. Usually it’s in a big book, but this week, it’s one of those Scholastic Reader pamphlets.
We got an email sent home from his teacher regarding the subject matter of the reader.
Subject: The President of the United States.
It seems there were some children in his second grade class who BOO’d when hearing they were going to have to read about him.
They’re 7 and 8 year olds.
Yes, I know most political opinions of children this age do not come from them directly. They do not comprehend the policies of the President enough to make a truly educated opinion. It’s most likely the commentary of the parents at home that the children take in and form their “own” ideas. (This excludes the TVs, radios, of course, but someone had to allow those to be on while the children are around.)
My parents were Republican. It’s probably why I registered Republican at the age of 18. I voted for George Bush Sr. in the ’92 election mostly based on the fact that he was the Republican guy running.
I didn’t thing much about it, really. I was too wrapped up in myself and boys and senior year, etc. Yes, that may have been just me, but what was said in my house, which, honestly, wasn’t a whole lot politically, was NEVER negative.
I guess it didn’t have to be since Reagan was president for a good chunk of my upbringing. Then, Bush Sr., of course. Now, there was that Carter guy, but he was never BASHED in my house and definitely not BOO’d (in front of me) and I DEFINITELY was not going around forming a hated opinion on the guy.
What REALLY unsettled me about all of this is when I asked Rt what some of the kids were saying, he said this one girl told him she was going to cut out Obama’s head from the reader, pin it to her wall and stab his head with her push pins.
WHAT THE HELL?
Are we kidding here?
I’ve meet this girl. She doesn’t go around the school screaming of hate, but when it comes to her President, she “knows” enough about him to want to do harm to something that represents him and what he’s about.
I, just don’t know anymore.
I told Rt that whomever the President is, during our lifetime, whether we agree with his/her policies or not, we will NEVER disrespect them.
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