February 25, 2009

Education Begins At Home

“So tonight, I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma. And dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It's not just quitting on yourself, it's quitting on your country -- and this country needs and values the talents of every American.

These education policies will open the doors of opportunity for our children. But it is up to us to ensure they walk through them. In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a parent -- for a mother or father who will attend those parent/teacher conferences, or help with homework, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, read to their child. (Applause.) I speak to you not just as a President, but as a father, when I say that responsibility for our children's education must begin at home. That is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. That's an American issue.” - President Obama
Both paragraphs are wonderful theories – but who will keep watch on these issues? Who’s going to make them realities in progress? Who will track and audit the millions of people taking advantage of SSI who aren't really disabled? Who will track the millions of dollars lost in the Link Card blackmarket? But I digress - that's the entitlement issue not education.

Let’s nominate all 50 alderpersons and all state reps and senators to rewrite the antiquated laws on dropping out of school. Any of the above Illinois politicians - paid by our tax dollars - who has either problem schools or pockets of poverty should hit the streets with the Presidents adult parenting and education plan. They should be working for the president now like they did during the campaign. Give the gift of knowledge instead of turkeys and overly expensive one day picnics. Really be progressive for a change - education begins at home.

Transcript of Presidents Speech – Sun-Times

1 comment:

Hugh said...

"I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training."

if Obama went cap & trade on this goal I could make out pretty well!