Volume 47, Number 3 - September 21, 2009

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Cerone White
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President Obama

President Obama's Speech on Education

By Cerone White

I am frustrated because hundreds of parents around the country are upset that President Barack Obama’s speech on education was shown in public schools throughout the country.

Why does the president of a country come under attack for wanting the future leaders of tomorrow to know that education is the key and that they should stay in school?

What is so wrong with that? Some parents said that he wanted to influence the children in a bad way? Whatever that way is, I still have no clue!

Come on, think logical, when your children are in school, or even just in our society, your children are being influenced by other things like music, the news, their friends and so on.

What could be so wrong about Obama wanting to talk to the children? Other presidents have given educational speeches, and they have not come under such attacks.

Is it because he is Black? I didn’t want to go there, but that’s the only alternative I can think of as to why such a simple educational speech can cause such controversy. 

This entire ordeal came about when Florida GOP republican chief Jim Geer mounted a campaign by saying that Obama was about to “indoctrinate” America’s children by asking them to write letters about how they can help him run the country.

Obama serves as a catalyst for change in the 21st century. We should respect him. We should not bow down to him and treat him as Lord and Savior, but respect him and the position he has.

Despite your political views you should respect the person who was placed in the position to lead our country.

We as a country should embrace change but I guess not everyone is ready for change. Obama was significant in helping to bring change to America because he, like many other Americans, sees the importance of education and he also realizes that in order to make it in today’s society there is no quick rich scheme. You can’t afford to drop out of school, and you need an education to get  a job.

“You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn it,” Obama said during the speech on education for which he was criticized.

According to an article in the Orlando Sun-Sentinel in March of 2009, Florida has the third highest drop-out rate in the country.  Sixty two percent of these dropouts were male, 22 percent were Black, and 29 percent were Hispanic.

So, do you still think it’s wrong to have allowed students to watch Obama’s speech? If it helps one child continue their education, it was worth it.

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