Perhaps parents rightly concerned about classroom impact of speech

To the editor:

During a spontaneous conversation with several people whom I did not know, the subject of President Barack Obama’s recent “school speech” arose, in particular the Lindbergh School District’s handling of this event.

One person was appalled at the district’s blatant disrespect for our president and his message. In practically the same breath, this individual declared George Bush to be “the biggest idiot in history.”

While I did not have strong feelings either way on the district’s action, I now wonder if some parents weren’t perhaps rightly concerned about the opportunity the speech would have furnished for this sort of hypocritical vitriol in the classroom.

It seems such polemics would tend to destroy whatever civic and academic “teachable moments” might otherwise have arisen.

Michael Wendl

Grantwood Village