Among the activities initially suggested for pre-K to 6th grade students was to "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president." Another assignment for students after hearing the speech was to discuss what "the president wants us to do."
And here is the revised wording:
The suggestion about writing letters has since been changed to: "Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals."
They just don't get it. The problem is that they obviously thought it was acceptable to ask students to think about how they could help him - the President. Why wouldn't the President be asking them to help their country? That's the problem and they are so clueless. The White House keeps trying to say that it's just a motivational speech from the President of the United States to inspire kids to do well in school. Well, that's great. But if they were really trying to do that, and not trying to indoctrinate kids into thinking we all revolve around him, then the President (and the subsequent activities) would focus on students doing well for themselves, for their families, and for their country - NOT for him.