Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Obama's Education Policy Speech

President Obama made an important speech on March 10, 2009 dealing with the future of education. Obama's comment about parents responsibility is key. Teachers cannot do it alone. The issue that I don't necessarily agree with is the longer days/year. Our educational funding system is already broke. We have schools that are failing. How are we going to pay for a longer day and a longer year, if school districts are already struggling to pay the bills. In my district, some funds haven't been received, what good will a longer school day or year do? Our educational system needs an overhaul. About a week ago, President Obama said in a speech "The countries that out-teach us today will out-compete us tomorrow." He also said... "Right now, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require more than a high school diploma. And yet, just over half of our citizens have that level of education. We have one of the highest high school dropout rates of any industrialized nation. And half of the students who begin college never finish." These are huge obstacles our education system faces. Our students are no longer competing in a local market for jobs, they are competing globally. What we are doing now is not working. I believe it is time for an education revolution.

Transcript of Speech

Video of speech

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