President Obama delivered a speech at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. Schools that wished to see the speech saw it live during school hours. It was broadcasted live across the nation.
However, the quality of the speech delivery was decent, unlike speeches from former presidents. President Obama even spoke about students from different regions of the countries to support his educational message.
Even before this date, the speech was controversial. Some believed the message was not simply one of motivation, but one focused on President Obama’s personal political agenda.
Others were upset for reasons only known to them. Jim Creer, Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, states that the school lesson plans include having students write to the White House explaining what they can do to help the president.
The text of the speech was quite average. The basic message was to inspire students to stay in school, have goals, and work hard to achieve them.
Though the content was quite cliché, it sounded like a parent lecturing his child on the first day of school. The importance of education was stressed using the typical phrases: “Don’t be afraid to ask questions,” “spend more time studying,” “every single one of you has something to offer,” and “if you quit on school, you’re not just quitting on yourself. You’re quitting on your country.”
President Obama has worked on bettering the education system through the newest $4.35 billion “Race to the Top” Fund, which is the largest amount ever invested in the education reform project. For more information on the newest changes and additions to the American education system, visit the U.S. Department of Education.