Classrooms across the country get a lesson in education from President Obama this morning. But here in Lubbock, the lesson will have to come a little later.
At least three area districts decided not to air the speech live after several phone calls from parents, asking that the speech not be shown. However, after reading a transcript, and seeing the speech today, LISD says their plans have changed.
Right now, LISD is in the process of burning DVD's for every classroom in the district. Administrators tell us they'll be using the material in social studies classes here in the next couple of days.
Nancy Sharp with LISD says originally, it was concerns from parents that made them decide not to air the speech. Also, since the program aired on an internet stream, they just didn't have the technological capabilities to get that to every classroom in the district. Of course, if any parents don't want their child to be a part of the lesson still, they do have the option to pull their child from class. But LISD says the speech is innocent enough and should be brought into Lubbock's curriculum.
Nancy Sharp, LISD: "I think it's certainly the expectation of the school district that the president's message, which is a very positive one, encouraging students to stay in school and to take individual responsibility for their education, and it's the expectation that it will be shown to students."