While certainly not the “propoganda” that some predicted, there are a few interesting lines from the pre-released text of President Obama’s speech to the public-school children in this country that convey a bias toward his agenda. While they are certainly worthy goals and not propoganda by any stretch of the imagination, it would be hard to imagine a Republican president making the following statements:
You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math … to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free.
And one other statement that seems a little overly nationalistic, in light of the apparently exagerated criticism that he would be “indoctrinating” the students into supporting the government, is the following:
And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.
Had the hype over the speech not been so heated, such statements would probably not have even been noticed. Tilted toward his agenda? Maybe. Indoctrination? Hardly.