President Obama's speech is titled "My Education, My Future,” but some parents are worried it is just a political push. He plans to deliver a national address to students throughout the country. “His main goal is to talk about the importance of education,” said New Hanover County Schools spokesperson Valita Quattlebaum. “That is what the department of education has told us it will be about.” But some parents are uneasy about the speech to their kids. “Some people have said that they think it's going to be political in nature,” Quattlebaum said. Due to concerns expressed by some parents regarding the content of President Obama's speech, New Hanover County Schools will send home a letter informing parents who do not want their children to take part in the event that they can opt-out. But parents we spoke with want their children to hear what the president has to say. “I don't see a problem with it. There are a lot of things the students might learn by listening to him,” said parent Janet Clayton. Pender County will also send parents a letter allowing them to opt their children out of the class during the speech. Columbus County schools will not send a letter home, but will make the speech optional, and Brunswick County schools will air the speech later in the week to give parents time to decide whether it is appropriate for their children. “It's a great thing that children should learn early in life because if they learn about education now, it will make a better future for them,” said Columbus County school parent Alexander Shellman. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction supports the address and has created lesson plans for all grade levels to help create discussion about the importance of education. This is not the first time a president will address students. The last president to do so was George H. W. Bush in 1991. For more information on President Obama's speech you can visit the www.whitehouse.gov website.
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