I just skimmed the text of the Obama Back-To-School Speech.
1. Holy crap that is long. Waaaay into TL;DR territory. Don’t worry, moms and dads, the only socialism your kids are going to be picking up is if they have Chairman Mao dreams in their speech-induced naps.
2. It’s pure pablum as a speech. It’s only purpose is as a PR stunt, a la landing on an aircraft carrier and declaring “mission accomplished”.
3. It is really, really dull. I am tempted to send in a note with the stepdaughter saying “Yes, my daughter has my consent to be bored out of her fucking skull by platitudes tomorrow”.
4. You’re sending your kids to a federal school system that teaches according to federal standards, staffed by a national teacher’s union and propped up with federal funds – and you’re surprised and appalled that the Headmaster wants to give a little pep talk? If you’re worried about your kids being “indoctrinated” you’ve got much bigger problems than a half-hour speech.