White House Backs Off on Lesson Plan

Teachers won't ask kids to say 'how they can help the president'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2009 5:45 PM CDT
Heather Renehan, second left, poses with her daughters, from left, Sami, Jessi and Ally, at their home in Richmond, Va., Monday, Aug. 17, 2009.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – In response to criticism over a speech President Obama plans to deliver to schoolchildren Tuesday, the White House will make the text of the speech available for review by teachers and school officials a day earlier, the Dallas Morning News reports. The administration also changed a widely criticized part of the proposed lesson plan designed to accompany the speech: it originally suggested pre-K through sixth-grade students make lists of “how they can help the president.”

The new plan now calls for them to discuss how they “can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals.”