The children are listening

Posted in Seriously by littlemissmel on the January 23rd, 2013

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.

I’m sorry.


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.




  1. When I chaperoned the 8 grade trip to Washington D.C., we went to Mount Vernon on President’s Day where George W. Bush was speaking. The things that came out of the mouths of those kids shocked me. You know, because they’re so political at age 13. They were getting to see the president speak live, watch Marine One land right in front of them, and they were wretched. We’re with you. No matter the man/woman in office, the position demands respect.

    Comment by Mama Bub — January 23, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

  2. Whoa. That’s crazy! And it makes me sad. I was raised democrat and even when we had a republican president my parents would have never taught me such hate.

    Comment by Sizzle — January 23, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

  3. That’s disturbing! Teaching hate is so sad.

    Comment by Jill Will Run — January 23, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

  4. Nuts.

    Comment by Erica — January 23, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

  5. Oof. It always pains me to see (especially in kids) such a big deal made about political party. Not that politics aren’t important (they are) but to dislike someone — to say such awful things about someone — is crazy. We’re all humans! It’s just politics, not life.

    Comment by Home Sweet Sarah — January 23, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

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