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Thursday, September 3, 2009

West Bend School District thinks Talk Radio misunderstands Obama school video as propaganda

HER thoughts exactly.

From: Pat Herdrich
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 1:13 PM
To: LeadershipTeam
Subject: Obama programming

Regarding the Obama telecast. It is my understanding that talk radio is stating that the Obama program is being shown in all public schools to attempt to influence students in a negative way. I have reviewed the core focal points of the message and it appears he is encouraging students to have a good year, attend school regularly and focus on school as being important. I am not certain what part of that message talk radio is concerned with for students. Or why they would advocate against having students hear a message from the elected President.

I also know that those are messages that clearly are already enforced by our staff and students. Therefore, we will not participate in this programming. There is no reason to enter the fray when this is a nonissue for our students. And a few individuals within our community would try to portray it as one.


Superintendent of Schools
West Bend Joint School District #1
735 South Main Street
West Bend, WI 53095

Office 262-335-5435
Cell 262-483-4576

"Public schools...the garden where we meet as one to create the future of our communities and our nation."
Dr. Rudy Crew


Unknown said...

So, it appears that the Superintendent is criticizing folks like you, Ms. Maziarka, for calling this video message "propaganda", or for suggesting it is problematic to have students hear a message from the President.

Do you agree with her?

DanBack said...

Even Belling has no problem with it.

West Bend Citizen Advocate said...

Actually, she is not criticizing me at all. Another email she wrote states:

We are getting calls stating we are declaring Obama day, putting kids in Tshirts, putting kids in masks, referencing Obama to Hitler, Pat's Jiffy Lube is giving out my home phone number stating we are indoctrinating children, and the list goes on.

We had not intended on sharing the program. This is so extreme, no I do not understand it.

Pat Herdrich

Superintendent of Schools
West Bend Joint School District #1
735 South Main Street
West Bend, WI 53095

If this is, indeed, true...then it is unfortunate that people are harassing and insinuating false information. Again, I applaud our school district for abstaining from this propagandistic material and maintaining academics on the 8th.

West Bend Citizen Advocate said...

Dan, I am not sure what your point is. Why would I be concerned about Belling's viewpoint on this? This is not his blog.

West Bend Citizen Advocate said...

Dan: The rules are as stated. Interject my own personal preference to throw in something humorous, such as your comment, and there you have it. I know it's your desire to "Keep the Pressure On," but hey, you're a creative guy. Start a blog and enjoy. The ska's the limit!

West Bend Citizen Advocate said...

MLIS: You are on probation for trolling.