President Barack Obama is planning a webcast directed at the nation’s school children.

During this special address, the president will speak directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.

Apparently, this is something parents must protect their darling children against! [h/t: drdrA who asks you to crash an associated poll]

In Bryan, the end of the school day, did not mean phones in the district’s administration office stopped ringing.
In a message left to the district’s communication director, Sandy Farris, one parent said “I have a child in middle school and a child in elementary school and I am very concerned about the content and the intent behind President Obama’s speech to kids on the 8th.”
Phones were equally busy at College Station I.S.D., said Superintendent Eddie Coulson.

Really? “Very concerned”?

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I expressed my appreciation last year to Abel Pharmboy for posting a primer on the HBCUs of the United States. His observations and links were highly informative to me.
We are once again in a week of celebration of these institutions of higher education which have catered to African-American and other students who were either formally or informally alienated from the Historically Lily White Colleges and Universities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim August 30 through September 5, 2009, as National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week. I call upon public officials, educators, and all the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that acknowledge the tremendous
contributions these institutions and their graduates have made to our country.

You might as well start your reading with Abel Pharmboy’s post for this year. As Abel noted:

Here’s a pretty impressive list of well-known HBCU graduates including this Chicago businesswoman, a graduate of Tennessee State University.