Monday, September 07, 2009

Obama's Tough Advice to Nation's Schoolchildren

"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." - President Barack Hussein Obama

Our schoolchildren needed to hear this, and I am glad President Obama was the one to say so in his speech to the nation's kids.

With all the talks about incompetent teachers and bad neighborhoods and missing parents, students might have gotten the idea that they didn't have to apply themeselves. As soon as all the external factors were fixed, they would be successful!

In this timely reminder, however, Obama tells them in clear terms that their success depends ultimately on their effort and struggle and sacrifice.

Read the full text of the President's speech.

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