|Rutherford County Schools students will not be taught anything about President Barack Obama’s Tuesday address to schools, school officials said.
“The curriculum component of the speech on Monday has been a major point of contention with some parents. Mr. Gill instructed the schools this morning that we will not be using the curriculum,” explained James Evans, RCS spokesman.
The school system will broadcast the speech to students and any parent who wished to opt out can by sending a note to school with the child.
“But no school will use the curriculum suggested by the U.S. Department of Education,” Evans said. “Instead, our time would be better spent focusing on the academic standards set by Tennessee and No Child Left Behind.”
Obama will address schools at 11 a.m. Tuesday to encourage students to stay in school and strive to perform to the best of their abilities in the classroom.