The above video is from Kansas City, where a middle school teacher has recently landed in extremely hot water for what some people are terming “political indoctrination.” Eighth- and ninth-graders from the Urban Community Leadership Academy charter school’s Junior Fraternity march for about three minutes, praising Obama’s health care plan and repeating the “Yes We Can” slogan and telling about what Obama inspires them to become.
While there is no doubt that there is definitely a disturbing aspect to this video — do these kids really understand what a federal healthcare subsidy even is? — was suspending this teacher the right thing? If these kids look at Obama and see a role model so powerful that they are inspired to work towards such careers as architecture and business (ok, yeah, and the auto mechanic), is this a bad thing? And if these kids do actualize their goals, are their achievements rendered invalid by virtue of having been inspired by a presidential candidate? Is this entire argument no more than partisan politics with a teacher’s career hanging in the balance?
Regardless the outcome, one thing is for sure: these kids know way more about Obama’s healthcare plan than most voters. And they can’t even drive legally.