Partisan paranoia and fearmongering have hit destructive new lows with the protests about President Obama's back-to-school speech to students next week on the importance of education. Talk radio hosts and some GOP leaders are claiming that Obama is going to try to brainwash kids into becoming socialists. Some angry parents are threatening to keep their children home if schools broadcast the speech. But other presidents, including George H.W. Bush, have given similar speeches to students. And the White House has made very clear that the speech isn't about policies or politics but about encouraging kids to stay in school and to work hard — which should be bipartisan goals. Whether or not you like Obama or agree with his proposals, any rational person should realize that Obama is uniquely able to inspire young people, particularly minorities, to set high academic goals.