I hate being wrong. And I hate thinking that I upset anyone’s beautiful Labor Day Sunday with misinformation. Earlier I posted a letter to the editor that provided second-hand information about how the Cranston Schools are handling President Obama’s speech to children. This letter was apparently based on misinformation. Stephanie Culhane, my School Committee Representative, has since provided clarification on how the schools will be handling President Obama’s speech. Here it is:
Kiersten, I’d like to clear up any confusion about the president’s speech. The speech is being aired around lunch time. The directive given to the principals was that they were to tape the speech and then have the teachers show it to their students at a more convenient time. They will then have discussion based on the speech.
Any student whose parent does not want them to view the speech will have an alternative lesson during that time.
I just spoke with the superintendent and he explicitly expressed to me that no one has been told that they cannot show the speech. If anyone has any questions or concerns they should feel free to contact the superintendent directly. Hope this clears up any confusion.
The lesson plans can be found on the US Dept. of Ed’s website.
Thank you, Stephanie, and I apologize to readers and to school officials for creating any undue confusion. Hopefully I have learned my lesson on this one.