Oh, that wasn't enough? Then let me clarify. It was a run-of-the mill Obama speech, touched all the standard do well in school points, brushed a little liberal crap (but not any overt policy references), as well as some standard conservative messages (as we are all a little conservative at heart), and wasn't nearly as entertaining as my post on the same subject.
But what would be the point of this post if I didn't pick a nit or two?
I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.
The only problem I see here is the expectation that government can do this (and this is bipartisan criticism). Quite simply, the biggest problem in education is that government keeps trying to fix things it's ill-equipped to handle, and fosters the attitude among those who need the kick in the ass that it can handle them. In this, the criticism is for the whole system, not just one party.
Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer.
I actually question this a little. I've seen people who are psychologically incapable of being any use to society. Not that the speech shouldn't have this line (standard feel-good), but I freely admit I'm just adding filler so the post takes more than a minute to read. That's kind of what I have to offer.
So I wasn’t always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.
(conservatives: insert you own joke here.)
But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying.
Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.
I'd be remiss if I didn't give the Prez a "FUCK YEAH!" on this. Because this is the part of the message really matters.
And along those lines, I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don’t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.
*vomit rising, followed by laughter at how stupid this line sounds when I hear him read it in my head*
That's pretty much it. So unless he changes the speech at the last moment, or, er, um, varies, um from, uh, it, er um (thus pissing off the TOTUS), those of you who were bitching at your schools to let your kids out of watching the speech are full of shit.
Let me end this post properly, at President Obama should have done (he has one more shitty paragraph after the following):
So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?
[paragraph with blather redacted]
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.