Pershing Middle School Principal Robin Lowe has notified parents of students at the school that President Barack Obama’s speech to children at that school will be videotaped today and shown later in social studies classes.
In a e-mail to Parents and Friends of Pershing, Lowe said that there were two reasons for the speech to be taped and delayed.
She said that during the 11:30 a.m. presidential address, many of Pershing’s students are in classes that are not good settings for a televised address. Lowe said many students might be involved in dance, PE, or orchestra.
Lowe also said that students might learn more if the President’s speech were included in social studies classes.
“We realize that in order for students to internalize information (especially during adolescence) they need for the information to be relevant to them. By incorporating the information into our social studies classes, it allows for that relevance,” Lowe said.
Lowe said that parents could later choose whether to opt their children out of social studies classes that include the presidential address.
“Of course, our social studies teachers will still send home information to parents allowing them to opt their children out of the lesson, should they so desire,” Lowe said.
HISD spokesman Norm Uhl said last week that there was “absolutely no reason” for parents to keep their children out of school Tuesday, since the district is allowing parents to choose whether to “opt out” of the presidential speech.