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Politics interfere with education

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At one time it was considered important for students to listen to the President of the United States. We would have been proud to have heard what he had to say — mainly because of respect for the office he held. Something has changed in our society. Our president took the time and effort to record a speech encouraging students to do well and succeed and many teachers reportedly “chose” not to show it. How sad that teachers opted not to use this speech as a learning tool in their classrooms. While I agree that parents should be allowed to have their children not view the speech, I would hope they wouldn’t. If just one student in each classroom was inspired by the speech, it would have been worth showing it. It’s too bad our country has become so polarized and fearful that we allow political ideology to interfere with the civic education of our youth. Agnes Glover, Auburn