Tuesday, September 8, 2009

President Obama's Speech Brings News Crews To BHS

A few hundred BHS students got to watch President Obama's remarks to students in the auditorium live as it happened.

In addition, due to the fact that we allowed students to watch the speech, we were joined by three Boston news stations. As usuual, our students were phenomenal and a few were given the opportunity to give their analysis to reporters as they exited the auditorium. We will add some links from these newsclips as they become available.

I was asked by one reporter why I think that some schools chose not to allow their students to watch the President's speech today and I chose to plead the fifth rather than say that I think it is important for students to see history live whenever possible rather than solely through the rearview mirror after it has passed them by.

Really, I am not sure of the danger inherent in allowing students to read and watch a speech and come up with their own points of view. I thought that was the type of higher-level thinking that we were supposed to strive for in our schools?!

1 comment:

  1. I am thrilled that Burlington was represented as the school system that brought President Obama to the school live. Let's be honest...in today's electronic society our children are viewing and reading pieces that are much more damaging than the president encouraging our children to work hard and they can achieve. Many of the things he addressed are the same things I tell my own children. I, for one, am extremely proud to live in a town where our school administration views today's event as an historic teaching opportunity and a launch pad for discussion.