Did You Like What President Obama Said About Education?

Filed under: Education: Big Kids, Education: Tweens, Education: Teens

Obama on education

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We've been talking a lot about education on the Chatterbox recently. Perhaps President Obama is a fan, since he talked quite a bit about education in last night's State of the Union Address.

The President said that China's schools were doing a better job of preparing kids for the future. (I wonder if he's a fan of the Tiger Mom.) He emphasized the importance of parents in the educational process, saying, "It's family that first instills the love of learning in a child. Only parents can make sure the TV is turned off and homework gets done."

And while we are all aware of how much of a sports fan our President is, he added, "We need to teach our kids that it's not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair; that success is not a function of fame or PR, but of hard work and discipline."

Obama asked that we elevate teachers to a loftier status in our society, and he had some encouraging words for recent college grads: "Every young person listening tonight who's contemplating their career choice: If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child -– become a teacher. Your country needs you."

There was much more, of course. But what did you think of what Obama had to say about education? Should parents be more involved? Do we need to teach our kids that science is as important as sports?

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