From Politico:

The White House says Obama’s address is a sort of pep talk for the nation’s schoolchildren. But conservative commentators have criticized Obama for trying to “indoctrinate” students to his liberal beliefs, and some parents call it an improper mix of politics and education.

“The gist is, ‘I want to see what the president has to say before you expose it to my child.’ Another said, ‘This is Marxist propaganda.’ They are very hostile,” said Patricia O’Neill, a Democrat who is vice president
of the Montgomery County School Board, in a district that borders Washington, D.C. “I think it’s disturbing that people don’t want to hear the president, but we live in a diverse society.”

Because those on the far right are unable express their racism directly, because they cannot openly say that their hate for the president is rooted in the color of his skin, the most marvelous thing is beginning to happen: they are using leftist tools to dismantle precisely what we on the left have no love for, namely patriotism. Those on the far right are not wrong but correct to be upset about the indoctrination of ideological models of power and control, the mixture of "politics and education," the absolute politicization of public and private spheres, and the diffusion of government propaganda across the surfaces of daily life. And what is impressive is they seem to be more successful than us on the left at bringing these concerns and dismantling technologies to the centers of information distribution, our national media networks. But they must also know that once patriotism has been neutralized, there is no returning to it. After their violent attack on this institution of power and control (an institution that has led so many people blindly into costly and very deadly wars), we will effectively live in a society with little to no a sense of the mythic. Destiny will be dead. America will be a much sober place. This sobriety will be their undoing.