Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ah, Gayle

Isn't she insightful!

Katharine Dalton, a fourth-grade teacher in Salt Lake City, said the speech "supports what we are already saying as educators and parents -- that a big part of the responsibility for our students' education falls on our students."

She said Obama's address carries additional weight, however, not only because it came from the president, but also because viewers would be aware that students across the nation would be hearing the same message. She plans to show the speech to her class Wednesday, the day after its delivery so she could invite parents to her class to watch it with their students.

The controversy surrounding Obama's address mystifies Dalton. "I don't understand what we are arguing about," she said. "Students need to understand who our president is. They need to hear him speak."

But Gayle Ruzicka, president of the conservative Utah Eagle Forum, said Monday there is no way to know whether the speech Dalton and millions of others read Monday was the one that Obama initially intended to deliver, or if it had been changed as a result of the dust-up.

Either way, Ruzicka said, the White House could have prevented the problems altogether if it had been more open about its intentions.

Parents should have "been notified and been given an opportunity to see it first," Ruzicka said. "If they had just been upfront from the beginning and it had been an 'opt in,' where parents had to sign for their children to be there and hear from the president, it probably wouldn't have been a big controversy."
Yeah, that, or if certain conservatives in Utah would simply... you know, GROW UP.

Why do we still care what Gayle Ruzicka thinks?

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