Have you seen it? The Obama “I Pledge” video? Well, elementary age kids in Utah saw the “I Pledge” video recently at a school assembly. Now, a politically conservative group believes the showing of that brief video is simply more radical, leftist propaganda and the continued indoctrination of school kids. You can read more about it below and watch the “I Pledge” video yourself.
Kids at Eagle Bay Elementary School in Farmington, Utah were shown a short video called “I Pledge” recently during a start-of-school assembly. The video opens with an image of President Barack Obama and part of a speech in which he says,
“Let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.”
The Obama “I Pledge” video then features a bunch of Hollywood celebutards like Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore making pledges about how they will help The One and the world — and that’s the problem says some in the community. It’s indoctrinating school kids.
I remember seeing the video right after the election and thinking not only was it boring and too long, but it was stupid too. Many pledges, such as supporting local food banks, smiling more, and caring for the elderly are really quite noncontroversial and even appropriate.
But other pledges, such as: “to never give anyone the finger when I’m driving again,” “to sell my obnoxious car and buy a hybrid”, “I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama,” “I pledge allegiance to the funk, to the united funk of funkadelica,” as well as pledges to not use plastic grocery bags, not flush the toilet after urinating, and to advance stem cell research seemed just way too much liberal-ese for me and apparently for this community as well. Considering the impressionable young crowd of elementary kids and the fears of indoctrination during this Age of Obama, parents of school kids are concerned.
“Showing the video in a public school is completely inappropriate,” said Jennifer Cieslewicz, whose daughter is a first-grader at the school. “I don’t believe a video such as this that promotes certain values should be shown to elementary students, especially without parents being aware. “
Chris Williams, Davis School District spokesman, said Eagle Bay Elementary school principal Ofelia Wade and school PTA leaders decided to show the I Pledge video as part of an assembly about the school’s theme for the year, which is “Service”. He said the PTA board chose the video and Principal Wade did not see it before it was shown in the assembly.
So now, and only because of vigilant parents who spoke out loudly, has the school principal Ofelia Wade apologized for showing the Obama “I Pledge” video and plans to also send a letter home to parents to alleviate any fears of indoctrination of school kids there at Eagle Bay Elementary. No word yet on when the de-programming assembly will be held.
Obama I Pledge Video
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