President Obama addressed the students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia on Sept 8, 2009. The speech was televised nationally and most of the children watched it at their schools though there were reports that some schools did not allow their kids to watch it. Some parents didn’t let their kids go to school for the fear of the president spreading his socialist agenda through his speech. What a ridiculous thought!
The president and his education secretary want to increase the length of the school day and the school year in the hope that it would make the American children more competitive, which certainly is a faulty logic. However, this time he got it right. President Obama insisted the students spend more time studying, doing homework, asking for help, and help themselves and their country. The message was very simple and straightforward, but a part of media were hell bent on spreading the wrong message that he was trying to drive his socialist ideologies into the kids’ minds.
For the last few years, I have been studying how people learn and my conclusion is – study, study, and study – because there are no shortcuts in education. And this was the message delivered in his speech.
Watch the video and decide for yourself.