Obama SOTU: Education
January 25th, 2011
09:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama SOTU: Education

(CNN)– Saying nearly half of all new jobs in the next decade will require a post-high school education, "yet, as many as a quarter of our students aren't even finishing high school," President Obama called for improvements in and new emphasis on American education.

"In fact, to 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 nation needs you," Obama said in his State of the Union address.


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  1. Melvin Johnson

    Let me just say that if you want to improve education its going to take more then just teachers and staff. For most jobs now a person has to have some kind college education of some sort. The comment was made by our president "In fact, to 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 nation needs you,". Hmm let me just ask this Mr. President. If our nation needs us so badly because of all the baby boomers getting older why is it difficult for some young adults to go to college? Why is there a federal law that states that even though you are 18 you are still a dependent under your parents untill you are 25 yr old? Granted there are some people that stay at home and go to college but I am sure there are others that are living on there own who WORK and want to go to college. But since there not 25 they have to use there parents tax infomation to get a loan. Why not make it just a little easier for the middle class to go to college. Do i have to become a parent for the goverment to pay for my education?? Do i have to be on food stamps or some other characteristic about my self to get a good education. There are so many things that factor why there isnt enough american people going to college. Or why there are so many students not finishing highschool and they end up in jail or dead. You want the younger generation to go to college and get there ged then give a incentive or something. Just my thought.

    January 25, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. robert

    Whites kids and Asian kids in America are doing just fine. Hispanics and especially Blacks are failing horribly– even within the same school as the whites and asians. Until we have politicians who admit this (not politically correct so it won't happen) we won't be able to create a focused solution that properly deals with the problem. Obama wants 100,000 NEW teachers even as there is a current glut and teachers being layed off due to budget shortfalls???? Guess what teachers the liberals have made you their new scapegoat for the failings of black people (police officers, enjoy the rest– doctors- your next because you are causing all the diabetes and obesity)!!!

    January 25, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. jb

    Yeah, good idea if you enjoy having to worry about job security, can put up with the politics, and can accept being extremely underpaid. I am a teacher and I would not suggest anyone to this profession. It is far from what it used to be.

    January 25, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |