Tuesday, September 08, 2009

President Obama's speech to schoolchildren

Here is the link to the white house webpage containing the President's speech to schoolchildren today.
Here's a part of the speech which I like. Except that when you refer to government responsiblity for schools, I wish he meant the local school board, and I'm pretty sure he means the NEA. My comments as always, are in red.
"I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.
But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.
And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.
Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.
Maybe you could be a good writer – maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper(or a blog critiquing the President's speech!) but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor – maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine – but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team."

I like the way he takes away the excuse many poor children have who are minorities and come from broken homes.

"But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying.
Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you.

Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future. "
Funny, he never said this during the campaign, his supporters were actually waiting for checks to arrive after the election. He implied that he was going to send them all money.
What I do resent is that, taking a page from the Bill Ayer's manual, Obama circumvented the family and spoke directly to students. That's not unusual, I see liberals doing that all the time.
But, where is this going?
What's in the next speech?
What's in the lesson plans?
Never trust a man who lets babies die in abortion. He has no morals.
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