Monday, September 07, 2009

President obama's speech to schoolchildren

Here is the text of President Obama's speech to our nations schoolchildren scheduled for tomorrow: http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/07/obama.school.speech.pdf. Man, somebody needs to point out to me what is so evil about this. Maybe it's this:
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.

Yeah, that personal responsibility thing... I can see why parents are all up in arms about that. Most of us don't want anything to do with it either (please note the sarcasm here).