February 24th, 2009
09:50 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama calls on nation to commit to higher education

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for all Americans to commit to at least one year of higher education or career training.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for all Americans to commit to at least one year of higher education or career training.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for all Americans to commit to at least one year of higher education or career training.

"This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship," he said in his address to a joint session of Congress.

"But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma."

He touted the billions for education - from early childhood education expansion to college-loan programs - in his recently approved economic stimulus package and set a goal of having the highest college graduation rate in the world by 2020.

Filed under: Obama address
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Chuck

    If Pelosi had higher education she would have not worn that burlap bag on national TV!

    February 24, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. Jake

    Be careful what you wish for, educated people don't vote for Democrats.

    February 24, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  3. The Watcher

    You want to improve education...cut out multiple choice questions. Let's adopt the British standard and really learn to critically think. That way we weed out the knuckleheads who'll eventually go into politics anyway.

    February 24, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  4. Question

    McCain where is Osama???? You said during your presidential run that you knew where Osama was and how to catch him. We are waiting!!!!!

    February 24, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. Dr. Judy

    We MUST educate our nation.

    February 24, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  6. Thank you President Obama

    now we are talking...education is the key...so true....

    February 24, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. John

    Kummit to hier edukashun?

    I don't need that. I got my skateboard, iPod and an internet.

    February 24, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  8. Becky Lauter

    It's hard for people to commit to higher education when schools are allowed to charge such ridiculous tuition!

    Not only that, but tell the government to bail us out of our student loans, so that we can spend our money to stimulate the economy instead of adding it back to the government's coffers (with the added interest we pay) to be spent on special interests and making sure they are happy!

    February 24, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  9. Lisa


    February 24, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Fine–as long as it's more productive, and less pointless, than NCLB.

    February 24, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  11. fred

    I'm in college and I can say that Americans DON'T need a college education to make it. There are plenty of jobs which don't require higher education, such as in the music industry, which is where I'm headed.

    February 25, 2009 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  12. Hillary B.

    I loved the comment the president made that when students drop out of high school they're not just quitting on themselves, they're quitting on their country or something like that. Basically meaning that we all have an obligation to our country to become the most productive that we can in order to give back. I thought it was also great when he called on everyone to obtain at least a year of higher education.

    February 25, 2009 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  13. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    The fact remains higher education is so very important for our future, but the costs for it are breathtakingly high.

    College should be affordable to those who want and need to attend, but way too many simply cannot afford it and that's a shame.

    This must be a priority is any plan and must be at the top of the list.

    February 25, 2009 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  14. E.J. in Tacoma

    We must have a educated country to compete in the worlds markets and keep up with the ever surging technological advances!

    February 25, 2009 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  15. Why Higher Education?

    Why encourage ones to apprentice and improove education?
    When the corporations and small businesses have there taxes increased they won't be able to afford to hire more workers, and if they do they won't be able to afford to pay them what they used to pay them. Not when their taxes are increased.

    February 25, 2009 02:09 am at 2:09 am |