Friday, November 6, 2009

Academy Fight Song

John Nolte digs up more Youtube videos of school kids singing songs about Obama. Nolte provides not just video evidence, but also transcripts and a lyric sheet. The word "disturbing" is used copiously: Elementary Epidemic: 11 Videos Show School Children Performing Praises To Obama
Each one of the videos below is creepier than the last because the further down you go, the younger the children — brace yourself for kindergartners – except for the last and most disturbing video, which you have to see to believe.

Young captive minds, easily influenced, eager for direction, enlisted into a cult of personality focused on an individual who, other than being the first black president, has yet to accomplish anything of significance.

But Obama’s skin color has nothing to do with this. Does anyone interested in retaining their merit badge for intellectual honesty really want to argue that Condi Rice or J.C. Watts would’ve spawned a dozen-and-counting tribute videos?

This is about brainwashing our children into Leftist identity politics. Sure, the schools can argue that they had some kind of parental permission — which, if true, is somehow even more disturbing — but who even considers doing something like this with young minds? That’s a rhetorical question.

Before letting loose with my fiery conservative commentary, I have to say that the videos of the elementary school kids are incredibly cute and very funny (the high school videos are a drag, as the kids are obviously bored and put upon). There's nothing as funny as the genre-defining tune "Barack Hussein Obama/Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!" of course. But I had to laugh at some of these, especially the one with the kindergartners warbling uncertainly through their chanson.

I'm not going to stamp my feet over "indoctrination" because I think there's some limited use for this stuff: the kids are learning about current events, they're getting a chance to be a little creative, and the president is being presented as a role model. Not only that, all of these songs - with their light raps and phat beatz - have a distinctly urban feel, which makes me think there's a strong element of racial pride at work that is distinct from whatever indoctrination into Leftist group think might be going on. Newsflash to Nolte: there's nothing wrong with black people taking pride in Obama's election, and instilling that pride in their kids.

Of course, we all know that not *all* presidents are presented as role models worthy of sing-song praise. In fact, I'd bet that all of those teachers in these videos who are pulling the strings in the background had some choice words to say about George W Bush during his term. I don't mind kids being taught a positive image of the president, but I do mind that not all presidents have been deemed worthy of this basic level of respect. And, as others have pointed out, the same progressives who would be aghast about kids singing songs about Jesus have no problem with the same kids singing about someone who is, ultimately, just a man.

Then, there's the videos' inadvertent glimpse into the harsh reality of life in America's public schools; they look deadly dull, staffed by prissy humorless adults (check out some of the self-important introductions to the videos) dragooning kids into time-wasting "special projects" about the 44th president, rather than having them learn about the 43 remarkable men who preceded him, or anything else for that matter.

What the teachers - and Nolte - don't seem to realize is that these kids are hardly helpless little balls of dough, ready to be formed into leftist tools. I can guarantee that most of them are bored with this, and some of the older ones resent the hell out of it. I well remember my sixth grade teacher, a real New York progressive trapped in an elementary school in the DC suburbs, haranguing us about racism, Reagan and nuclear war (he thought "Atomic Cafe" was a very thought provoking film). No one took him seriously, especially as even us kids knew that the recently ended Carter Administration was a real loser. Just because the adults are standing in front of the classroom talking doesn't mean the kids are listening.

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