Cache, Logan school districts showing Obama speech as an "opt-in" activity

Students in the Cache and Logan school districts will need signed permission slips from their parents if they want to hear President Barack Obama’s speech next week.On Tuesday, Obama will address the nation’s school children for approximately 20 minutes, delivering a speech expected to be about persistence in school and setting educational goals. The speech has created an uproar with parents across the country, however, and school administrators have had to debate how to handle the speech.Logan Schools Superintendent Marshal Garrett said a permission slip was sent home with students Friday and parents must sign it if their children are to watch the speech. Teachers in the Cache School District also said they had to send permission slips home as well.Students who do not return permission slips will participate in a “meaningful alternative experience.”Also in Logan, the Mount Logan Middle School and Logan High School students will not have opportunity to view the speech until Wednesday, even with permission slips. Elementary school students will watch the speech on tape on Thursday.A teacher in the Logan School District who asked not to be named given what he described “paranoia” on behalf of school administrators regarding the speech told Cache Valley Daily that many of his students have indicated they want to see the speech on Tuesday and feel the reaction adults are having to the speech is “stupid.” He said that he wouldn’t defy the administration’s order to not watch the speech on Tuesday, however, for fear of repercussions.

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