I think that its entirely possible that the entire Republican party has been hijacked by morons.
I really can't believe they are keeping their kids home so they don't hear a President of the United State tell them to stay in school and work hard, this is just one more blatant attempt at acting like Obama isn't President. I may have been bored to tears by Bush, and frustrated at his lack of ability to run a cohesive government, but I never thought what he had to say was something to run from. Ignore maybe, but not get terrified of.
Bush remade the entire nations school system with NCLB. A tremendous intrusion into the school systems all over, now we all teach to the test instead of addressing the needs of the students. And it was never funded so that local taxpayers faced huge increases in property taxes to pay for it.
I'd much rather he had kept to a speech with a suggested lesson plan, much, much, cheaper.
And Bush addressed the nations children by satelite in 91, not just one school, in fact he many times went to different schools and gave speeches.