Paige Guthrie doesn't have a problem with President Barack Obama speaking to her 6th grader's class - if he wants to read them a book or teach them a math lesson.
But if he wants to talk with them about "values" - such as the importance of staying in school - as a parent, Guthrie said she doesn't need the help.
"Teaching values is up to the parents," she told me this morning.
That's why Guthrie will be sending a note to her child's teacher, asking that he be excused from watching when Obama makes his back-to-school address to students on Tuesday.
Sending a note is what Manatee school district officials Thursday said parents would have to do if they didn't want their child to listen to the president's speech while in school. The policy was announced to mollify concerns that the Obama's remarks would be too political nature.
That doesn't worry Guthrie. She just objects to anything that diverts students' attention to their academic lessons. And she objects to the requirement that she has to send a note to make that point.
"The parents who want their child to watch this should send a letter," Guthrie told me this morning. "My child needs to learn about reading, writing and arithmetic."
Guthrie said she would record Obama's speech, and if she felt it was appropriate, she would then watch it with her son.
"This is not a personal thing with the president," she said. "I don't want a certain view pushed on my child."
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