Response to the Presidential Speech

Go back and look at the text of the speech and sections you highlighted.
1. What two passages stood out to you? This may be a passage you found to be important or meaningful in some way. Please include your passage by placing it in quotation marks in your response here on the discussion thread.   Why did these passages stand out to you/seem important to you?  Please explain.
2. Based on these excerpts, what can we infer that the president believes is important in order to be educationally successful?
3. What do YOU believe is important in order for students to educationally successful?

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46 comments on “Response to the Presidential Speech

  1. Nicole Smith says:

    ” Disadvantaged students were written off as unteachable and shuffled through the system without receiving a quality education- and federal law endorsed this practice.”
    -This was very surprising to me because I think that this is a very horrible thing. Just because a child was born disabled does not mean that they should not have a chance. It is terrible that the federal law would endorse such a practice. “No child left behind” is a very good thing because of this. I think it is great that our president took the time to notice that disabled children need to be taken care of also. I think that with this act, there will be very much success and that people will find it is very worth the effort. Even though someone is mentally disabled, you never know, they could be the ones to make the biggest difference.

    ” If money were the solution to the problems in America’s schools, those problems would have been solved a long time ago. But money isn’t the solution.”
    – I very much agree with this statement. I think that the problem in some cases, is that the teachers are slacking off. This does not apply to all teachers of course, there are many great teachers out there. I mean, I am very good at school, but sometimes I have teachers that I just cannot learn from. Sometimes teachers only think of their job as a job. I think that they could teach better if they actually wanted to see the students excel and achieve great things, not just make money. I also think however, that it is sometimes the student’s fault that they are not learning. Some students just do not care and that, in turn, makes them do bad. They do not want to put forth the effort that it takes to do well, in which case there can be no blame for teachers or money. I think that there is way too much emphasis put on the whole money issue. They were fine in the old days without a lot of money so there is no reason they can’t be fine now.

  2. Clint Brown says:

    1. The two passages that stood out to me were, “But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. That’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education” and “The truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject that you study. You won’t click with every teacher that you have. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right at this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.” These passages stood out to me because he tells students to man up and that being successful is hard.
    2. The president believes that it is important to have a good education and to work hard to be able to have the chance to be successful. The president talked about how hard it was to be able to get the chances that he had. He talked about how he had a tough life and did things that he shouldn’t have and that he was able to get many second chances. He explained that he wants us to succeed and work hard to be able to succeed.
    3. I think that in order to be successful you have to work hard at your goals. I think that you have to study hard to do well and if you don’t you need to study harder. I think that you should do all of your school work and stride to do well in school. I think that you should do all of your homework and pay attention in class to be able to comprehend what you are doing. I also think that you should ask the teacher questions if you don’t understand something.

  3. zmorgan says:

    After watching and reading the presidents speech, i felt that he did a good job on informing students and their mentors on how they can succeed in school, but more importantly, in life. One section of this speech stood out too me: “And no matter what you want to do with your life, I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You cannot drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to train for it and work for it and learn for it.” This stood out to me because my parents tell me things such as this all the time, recently my dad told me almost the exact same thing. He told me that times had changed and to be successful in life you have to do good in high school in order to go to college, and you must do good in college in order to get a good job, and you must get a good job in order to provide for yourself and your family.
    Another thing that the president said also stood out to me: “I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and you get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with the Xbox.” I believe that this is true and that the president makes a very good point. I believe this because as a student you have to make a decision, you can dedicate your life to sports, and hang out with your friends, and play video games all the time so that you can live the ideal teenage life, or you can focus on school work and do homework and study in order to get good grades, thus leading to a good future. Personally, i would like to live a full and happy life knowing that i tried my best and worked hard in order to be successful instead of slacking off and having fun. However, just because you spend time on school work does not mean that you can not spend some time with friends or playing video games, it just means that you need to know when to do school work and when to have fun.

  4. emilylemons says:

    “You cannot drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to train for it and work for it and learn for it.” I think this is a very important statement because it is so true. Some kids think that they can just not go to school and they drop out, and then they want a nice, well paying job; They need to understand that to be able to get a good job they need to go through, and graduate, high school, and then go on to college. “What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. The future of America depends on you. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.” I also think that this is an important statement, if we, as a whole, don’t graduate high school and learn everything that we need to know to live a good life then we will not do well in the future, and our country will not either.
    I think that president Obama thinks that in order for us to be educationally successful we need to dedicate ourselves to our education and learn as much as we can. I think that he believes that if we dedicate our time to our school work and planning our future that in about twenty years our country will succeed and we will live well.
    I think in order to be educationally successful we need to focus on our school work, and dedicate the needed time to it, but we also need to be kids. If we are only focused on our futures and our educations we won’t have time to get rid of our energy and we will end up getting in trouble in school. We need to stay in school, do our school work, and try our hardest to do our best, but we also need time to be kids.

  5. Jenee' Pombert says:

    The two passages that stood out to me were:
    “I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself. Every single one of you has something that you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.
    Maybe you could be a great writer — maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper — but you might not know it until you write that English paper — that English class paper that’s assigned to you. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor — maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or the new medicine or vaccine — but you might not know it until you do your project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a senator or a Supreme Court justice — but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.

    And no matter what you want to do with your life, I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You cannot drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to train for it and work for it and learn for it.

    And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. The future of America depends on you. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future. We need every single one of you to develop your talents and your skills and your intellect so you can help us old folks solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that — if you quit on school — you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.”
    and
    “The truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject that you study. You won’t click with every teacher that you have. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right at this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try. That’s okay. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. J.K. Rowling’s — who wrote Harry Potter — her first Harry Potter book was rejected 12 times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. He lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s why I succeed.” So if you get into trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to act right. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.
    No one’s born being good at all things. You become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. The same principle applies to your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right. You might have to read something a few times before you understand it. You definitely have to do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in. And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you, don’t ever give up on yourself, because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.”

    These passages stood out to me because they both talk about how it is our responsibility as the rising generation to get a good education, so that we can discover and fix things to make our country better. They also both talk about how when you give up your not just giving up on yourself, but also on your country. They talk about how being successful is not easy, and that we all have to work for our success. They also say that even if we do fail, that does not mean that we should stop trying, and President Obama gave some good examples about J.K. Rowling and Michael Jordan because most people look up to these people and are heroes in our lives. When he gave those examples he got me thinking that if J.K. Rowling can go through the process of trying to get her book published twelve times, then I can definitely work to get my homework in when they are due or finish that English paper on time.

    I believe that President Obama believes that the key to success is hard work and taking responsibility for our own destinies. He made a few references saying that even though we all may have challenges in our lives we can overcome them and reach our full potential. He gave a few examples about a few people who had some tough challenges to go through, but they overcame them and are now successful in what they want to do. He said that every single one of us is good at something, and that we all as a united nation need to share out talents so that we may become a better place. Many of us will not be famous inventors, scientists, or even actors, but we can all as a whole contribute something good so that we as a country can reach our full potential without even the sky as a limit. I believe that in addition to those two things that motivation is a big quality that we all need to have to be successful because even though we may have the talents we also need to be motivated to use those talents for the greater good.

  6. Danielle Chiavelli says:

    ” Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength because it shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and that then allows you to learn something new.”
    “But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter or the debate team. And no matter what you want to do with your life, I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it.”
    The first quote stood out to me because I hear a lot of people say that asking questions is a good thing. It helps you learn new things, and it also helps other people learn new things. A lot of students do not like talking in front of a class, especially while asking questions; therefore, if one person asks a question, then everyone will learn more. Personally, I do not enjoy asking questions because it feels like everybody knows the answer except me, but I know that there are other students that do not know the answer that are also too scared to ask. The second quote stood out to me because this is also something that I hear a lot of people say. The student has to be dedicated to their school work. No matter how much anyone else wants a person to succeed, only that person can make it happen.
    Based on these quotes from Obama, I believe that he wants all students to be successful. In order to do that, they must be dedicated to their work. Students need to be active in school, and in order to do that, they must care about the work that they do. Overall, the outcome of a person depends on them. Nobody can do everything for you, some things need to be done yourself.
    For a student to be educationally successful I believe that they must be dedicated, and they must have dedicated teachers and parents. I believe that a person’s environment is a key part in their success. It is harder for students to be successful if they do not have people that support them and encourage them to do well. On the other hand, it is not good when students have too much pressure put on them. They need to be supported, but they do not need to be hounded for success.

  7. Paige Amoss says:

    “Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength because it shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and that then allows you to learn something new.” This statement stood out to me because it is 100% true. I never enjoyed asking my teachers for help on classwork because it made me feel dumb. It took a few years for me to understand that maybe other students have the same question but are too afraid to ask. Now, I always ask my teachers questions during class. I do not just do this for the other students, but for me as well so I can succeed in the class. “There is no excuse for not trying.” This is another statement that I thought was very important. Excuses are not right, and there is no need for them. We should try to succeed everyday in life because it makes us better people.
    Obama believes that each student needs to try to do well in school. He stresses for students to focus everyday in class and do their homework. He wants students to take school seriously so they can go to college and become successful in life. In this speech, you can tell that Obama cares about our nations youth and our education. It is good to know that he is going to give us the equipment that we need in order achieve.
    I believe that the only way a student can thrive is by wanting to do good in school. If they do not care about school, their education is wasted. Students need to be committed to school. Students can accomplish this by completing their homework, coming to tutoring if they do not understand a subject, taking notes during class, paying attention to the teacher, and always working hard to get an A.

  8. Kristin Sundvall says:

    Two excerpts from the speech given by President Obama were “These people succeeded because they understood that you can’t let your failures define you — you have to let your failures teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time. So if you get into trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to act right. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.” and “Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength because it shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and that then allows you to learn something new.” These two passages stood out to me the most because I have a problem admitting when I am wrong and I don’t like to ask questions. I always think that if I ask for help with something I will seem dependent on others to get me through things. To me, these two excerpts say that I need to admit when I don’t know something and ask for help instead of letting my mistakes frustrate me and make me feel like I have failed myself.

    Based on these two excerpts, I think the President believes that we need to learn from our failures instead of letting them get us down. In doing so, we will learn how to do things the correct way instead of failing over and over.

    I believe that, in order for a student to be successful in school and get a good education, they need to take responsibility for their own work and not rely so heavily on a teacher to get them through school. However, at the same time, we DO need to ask for help when we need it so that we can do assignments properly. We also need to admit our mistakes and just “let them show [us] what to do differently the next time”.

  9. Parker Nunnally says:

    The two passages that statements or passages that stoop out to me were ‘Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. J.K. Rowling’s — who wrote Harry Potter — her first Harry Potter book was rejected 12 times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. He lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s why I succeed.”
    These people succeeded because they understood that you can’t let your failures define you — you have to let your failures teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time. So if you get into trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to act right. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.

    No one’s born being good at all things.’ This meant a lot to me because it told me that I don’t have to be the best all the time when I do something. This says that failure will happen and its not the end of the world. Not everybody is perfect, even the biggest of superstars fail at something in their life. Also this stood out to me, ‘But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.’ This means that you can have all the things you need to succeed and its up to you to utilize them. Its not your parents responsibility that you do your homework or your teachers responsibility. Its yours, their responsibly is to encourage you and answer questions and help you along the way.

    He believes that a good student needs parents that are willing to be helpful in their child’s life. Also teachers that are willing to do their part as well as teaching the student and helping him/her with any thing they need within reason. Most parents and teachers should know that it is not their job to do it all for their student or child, they are just their to encourage and help out when help is needed.

    I think in order for a student to be educationally successful they need a good home life. If the student has parents that don’t try to keep their student on task and doest treat there child the right way, their is no way that child will be successful in school because their parents have told them that they have nothing to hope for in life, that they are worthless. How would that child feel when he goes to school? He/she would want to do their work since they were told it would be pointless. Also they need to have a good work strategy. They need to plan out what they are going to do for school so they can get it all done with no distractions.

  10. s0m0nt3 says:

    The two passages that “struck” me were,
    1. “The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and they founded this nation. Young people. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google and Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.”
    And 2. “What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. The future of America depends on you. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.”

    These passages I found to be very “powerful”, one discussed the changes that occured over the years that all started with students like us.
    The other, just flat-out tells the students of America that we are the future, and that what we do in school, and how hard we work in school will decide where are country stands in the near future.

    The President, Barack Obama, is infering that in order for us to be educationally successful we as American students, must work hard everyday, every week, and every year, not only in school, but in life in general so we can make the best of our education. And that, all of the changes of the last millenium didn’t just happen, they happened because one idividual, or many individuals worked hard to obtain those goals, starting with what they learned/experienced in school.

    I believe that for students to be educationally successful we need to both work hard toward our goals, and do everything we can to reach them.

  11. keseric93616 says:

    Presidential speech reflection

    One of the passages that stood out to me was this:

    “But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. That’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education.”

    This passage stood out to me because it talks about how it does not matter how good the teachers are or how good the books are, Education is the student’s responsibility. It also talks about how it does not matter how many people tell you to do something, it is the student’s choice to either do good, or bad on the assignment. Another quote that stood out to me is:

    “There is no excuse for not trying.”

    This quote means a lot to me because it is so simple and yet tells so much. It basically means that there is nothing that should be able to get between you and your education. I think this quote means a lot because it is right, there should not be any reason, any excuse for not doing your school work and trying hard.

    I think that the president believes that school work is above everything in a student’s life. I believe this because of the previous quote that said,”There is no excuse for not trying.” this quote explains clearly that President Obama thinks that school work is above everything, but i think that his beliefs are wrong to a degree. If a person only worries about schoolwork, then they do not develop any social skills, and one cannot live a life without social skills.

    I believe that for a student to be successful in school, he must work very hard in class, but still take time to socialize and be free. Schoolwork has a way of constricting someone and drive them crazy, friends can relieve that feeling very quickly. I think that school work is very important, but not 100% of life, maybe 85% for me.

  12. Nicole Smith says:

    The two passages that stood out to me were: the one that talked about disabled students being written off as un-teachable and the one about money being the problem in American schools. The fact that children are not receiving a good quality education is very shocking to me. It is terrible that the government would endorse this action. Just because they may be slower at it, does not mean that students who are disabled cannot learn. The students who are disabled should get extra help, but they should definitely not be forgotten completely. As for money being a problem in American education, this is a terrible excuse for students not learning. There are two things that are the main problem in education today, and money is not one of them. Sometimes teachers are just not good enough and students cannot learn from them. Teachers sometimes just teach because it is a job. In my opinion, one cannot be a good teacher until they really learn to start seeing their job as a great opportunity. Teachers are some of the most influential people in our lives, but they can’t reach this level until they realize it. Teachers have the potential to be the building blocks of all the knowledge that is in student’s heads. If a teacher is only doing their job for money, then this is a learning road block and that is the problem that is in America today. Granted, not all teachers are like this. Many teachers are great. In fact there are a lot of teachers I have had that have taught me more than I ever thought I would learn. The second problem in education today is that students do not have the drive to learn. Most students do not care about their grades, and that holds them back from learning. If a student is not willing then there is no way that student is ever going to be able to excel in the education department. These are the reasons students do not learn, not money.
    Because president Bush came up with the NCLB plan, it shows that he cares about education in the U.S. It shows that he wants to see students excel and that he cares what happens to America’s younger generations. I think that this is very important because it is very vital that the president cares about everyone, including the younger citizens also. I think that a president should care about everyone it the country he is ruling. It shows pride and attention to what is going on, which is important to me and probably many others also.
    I think that it is important for students to actually care about school to be successful at it. I think that if a student does not care about their school-work, then there is no way they can be successful. Also, I think that students need a good teacher who cares about them and wants to see them succeed. I think that success is something that needs motivation and sometimes it needs to be from someone other than parents. Students in the U.S. have the potential to be something that they are not even aware of yet, and NCLB is something that is going to help them reach that potential.

  13. alexarzenshek says:

    Response to Presidential Speech

    President Obama’s quotes:
    “The truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject that you study. You won’t click with every teacher that you have. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right at this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.”

    “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength because it shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and that then allows you to learn something new.”

    These two passages really stood out to me because it is something that I was told. He makes a lot of sense when he explains that you have to work for what you want in life. It is not a walk in the park to be successful. You will not like everyone, and you will not enjoy all the things that you have to. But one thing is true, success comes with work. You have to overcome all the mean teachers and pointless assignments to really strive for what you want. I was told that nothing comes easy, and you might not get it the first time around. I was also encouraged to always ask questions. There is no such thing as a dumb question, and getting help from others will only make you stronger and smarter. It really stood out to me when he said that it takes strength to know that you are wrong. I am wrong a lot, and I have to admit it in order to learn the right solution.
    He believes that working hard and always striving to be the best that you can be is your way to success. I think that he wants us to put aside our emotional, family, and relationship issues to study and focus on what is really important. Education is the key to being a successful person. The more you know and the more you understand will make you a better person in life. Staying out of trouble and doing what is right is not only essential in life, but also in education.
    I believe that doing what you want to do in life will make you successful. Education is just the beginning. Follow your dreams by learning and educating yourself, which will give you a strong foundation in life. You have to do what makes you happy, whether its flourishing in art class or studying math. I think that if you enjoy yourself while you are learning, you will learn more, be proud of yourself, and it won’t be a huge struggle. However, if you think negatively all through school, it will only make things worse. You will not have the desire to learn and succeed. Focusing on your education and what you want to do will make you successful in the future.

  14. Joy Hudson says:

    1.”The truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject that you study. You won’t click with every teacher that you have. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right at this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try. That’s okay.”
    I liked this passage because I can empathize with it. I dislike certain subjects that I study and the way that certain teachers teach. This in particular has caused me many problems because when I strongly dislike something about what I am learning or the way I am learning, I have tendency to stop trying altogether in that class. I have learned through experience that this only harms me and makes it more difficult to catch up. I liked how Obama stressed that we need to continue trying, despite our personal oppositions.
    “Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength because it shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and that then allows you to learn something new.”
    I really appreciated this passage because I can forget that it is okay to be wrong or be in need of help. I do not like asking for help, but I need to remember that it is okay to ask and it does not mean that I am inadequate.
    2.I believe that what he wants us to take away from the video is that we need to “put in the hard work that it takes to succeed.” Not only should be keep up with our schoolwork, but we should put in just that little bit of extra effort that it takes to improve.
    3.I think that students need motivation more than anything to be educationally successful. We are provided with the necessary tools for a good education; however, it is up to us to go get it.

  15. Claire Post says:

    Claire Post
    5th Period
    The first passage that stud out to me was:”What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. The future of America depends on you. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.” Also, another point that stud out to me was:”Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right. 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 — none of that is an excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude in school. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. There is 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, because here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.” These articles stud out to me, because I thought that they showed and told how to act as a student. Everyone in America does have equal opportunity, and I think that is one of the best freedoms to have.
    Based on these two exerts I think that the president was trying to infer that students can do whatever they put their mind to. Also, everyone has an equal opportunity. The decisions that we make, and decide to make can not only affect us a person but America as a whole. Additionally, I think that he also thought that it was important to respect people higher than you. Not necessarily higher class, but people who are older than you. Everyone deserves respect, and if you give it you will also receive it in return. President Obama was trying to make the point that students of America are able to do anything they put their minds to. All anyone has to do is be willing to work for it.
    In my opinion I think for students to be educationally successful all that is needed is determination and diligence. As a student I know and am aware of the opportunities that I have. Every student has every equal opportunity, it is just the fact, that other are willing and ready to work hard for it. I think to be educationally successful you have to go out of your way to go over and above in everything that you do. Be going over and above it shows that you knew what you were doing, and did a good job of it. Also, be overachieving you not only learn more, but you also are preparing yourself for higher schooling such as college. As you get older the work only gets harder. Additionally, when you get accepted to go to school there is only more and more that is expected of you to complete. Therefore, I think to be educationally successful you have to try to strive and study for everything that you want to achieve in the school setting.

    • Cori Dulmage says:

      1.”Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you, because here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.”
      This passage stood out to me because it made the most sense to me. When we are at this age, people tell us you need to know what you want to be when you get older, but truth is you can deicide that at your own time. This passage also states don’t do something you don’t want to. You can become whatever you want to be, you write your own destiny. I really like how Barack Obama said this. He makes sure he gets his point across that you can do whatever you put your mind to.
      “The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.” This quote is so true. Barack Obama is trying to show us how our country is full of fighters. We owe each other to do out best. We need to keep it up in school, just keep trying even thought it gets hard, just keep giving your best.
      2. We can infer that the president believes that we need to not give up, and always keep trying. He understands that at times it gets hard but we have to keep working and set goals for yourself. I think the president was trying to tell everyone that you can do whatever you put your mind to. He wants us to all understand in order for us to be educationally successful we need to keep trying our hardest and not to give up.
      3. I believe that students need to always set a high goal. That way they will always be trying to reach that. I think that we also need to keep doing the best we can, and never giving up in ourselves.

  16. grifreaper says:

    The following passage is from the President’s speech, which stood out as direct statements for students. “These people succeeded because they understood that you can’t let your failures define you — you have to let your failures teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time. So if you get into trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to act right. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying. No one’s born being good at all things. You become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. The same principle applies to your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right. You might have to read something a few times before you understand it. You definitely have to do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.” The next passage is telling student to do well in school, and to try their best in school no matter what. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength because it shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and that then allows you to learn something new. So find an adult that you trust — a parent, a grandparent or teacher, a coach or a counselor — and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals. And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you, don’t ever give up on yourself, because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country. The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.”

    I believe the president is trying to be supportive of students, while encouraging them to do well in school. The first passage was stating that you can make mistakes, without being an idiot or troublemaker. It also said that no one is born being good at everything, so students shouldn’t expect to be the best in math or science. The second passage, wants students to ask for help with any problem they have. Students learn better by asking for help, and they shouldn’t be discouraged in doing so. Students should keep pushing to do their best, and not just give up when everything gets tougher.

    I believe that students learn better in an environment that they like. Some students don’t learn as well as others, and might need more help with school. However, some might learn faster, and need to go at a faster pace than others. It all depends on how the student learns best, so students shouldn’t be forced to learn at a pace that doesn’t suit them. The ability to learn is in everyone, but it just requires the right motivation. I also think that students learn better when a topic is discussed more openly, and not just rushed through so the class can stay on a schedule. Some topics are harder than others, but all topics should be covered equally.

  17. Ally Bandemer says:

    I thought it was important when President Obama talked about how his childhood wasn’t the best, how he didn’t receive the best education.”When I was young, my family lived overseas. I lived in Indonesia for a few years. And my mother, she didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school, but she thought it was important for me to keep up with an American education. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday. But because she had to go to work, the only time she could do it was at 4:30 in the morning.” This is crucial for any child in school to understand; that this man who had a hard life and so-so education became the president of the United States. Another important thing President Obama spoke of was the importance of school in general. “Maybe you could be a great writer — maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper — but you might not know it until you write that English paper — that English class paper that’s assigned to you. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor — maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or the new medicine or vaccine — but you might not know it until you do your project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a senator or a Supreme Court justice — but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team. And no matter what you want to do with your life, I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it” He let’s us understand that having experiences, good or bad, will help us improve in life and get better with each try.

    The biggest point I think that President Obama had to talk about is how essential responsibility is to every one’s learning. “But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. That’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education.” He let’s us understand that nothing makes a big of a difference as how much effort and responsibility you put into something. Someone could be in the worst situation possible. have all the wrong teachers, all the wrong friends/peers, etc, and still be successful. You put your own effort into something you want and you need to take responsibility for what you need to learn. Don’t let bad things get in your way and you can do anything you set your mind to.

    I think the most important thing to be successful is happiness and patience. No one can succeed in something fully unless they love what they do. If you do don’t like what you’re being forced to do, nothing good can come out of it. Patience is another important key to success because pursuing something amazing isn’t always the most fun thing to do. You need to constantly be thinking about the reward that will come with the patience and perseverance.

  18. Maida Ahmad says:

    —President Barack Obama’s Presidential Speech was very fascinating. There were two passages that stood out to me the most out of the rest. The first passage that caught my attention was when he said “Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you, because here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.” This passage was important to me, because it was very encouraging to students. I agreed when he said, “No one’s written your destiny for you.” I think there are many students in the world who don’t try that hard in school, because they keep thinking it’s not worth it. I also believe that everybody makes their own future. The second passage that stood out to me was when President Barack Obama said “Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures.” This was significant to me, because many people think that getting good grades or doing good deeds just comes naturally, but it doesn’t. You have to work at it over and over again until you get it right.
    —Based on these excerpts, I predict that the President believes that success is hard to get, but is worth it when you get it. He believes that students must work hard continuously to keep their grades up and do better in school. People in the future are also going to think about the significant people who made a difference in the world. It will matter, because it will influence their lives in some special way. Equally important, the President believes that you should never give up, because this is the only time you have to shape your future. Whatever you do right now is what will help you decide what you will do in the years coming up ahead. He believes that one of the ways to achieve high success, you must have supportive teachers. Students need to be driven to always do their best and teachers are one of the only people that can help students do this.
    —I believe that the only way to acquire great success, is to believe it is possible. If you keep telling yourself that you are dumb and can’t do something, then you will never reach your goals in life. But if you accept the fact that you can do anything as long as you put your mind to it, then nothing is impossible. Also, students need to always ask questions whenever they don’t understand something, because that is the only way they will ever grow as a person. They will have to understand that it is okay to receive help from somebody and that it is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. I agree with everything President Barack Obama said in his speech, and I definitely think that those are the key points in achieving success.

  19. brkspann says:

    5th period
    1. What two passages stood out to you? This may be a passage you found to be important or meaningful in some way. Please include your passage by placing it in quotation marks in your response here on the discussion thread.

    “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 — none of that is an excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude in school. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. There is no excuse for not trying.”

    “And Jazmin, Andoni, and Shantell aren’t any different from any of you. They face challenges in their lives just like you do. In some cases they’ve got it a lot worse off than many of you. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their lives, for their education, and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same.”

    These two paragraphs stood out to me, because they were strong and passionate. They make you feel grateful for some of the situations that you have to deal with that are not as bad as others. They make you realize how education should always be your first priority; there should be no excuses. Also, they stood out because he used real life examples and situations. It emphasizes that the importance of education implies to everyone and everyone has a responsibility, whether it is easier or harder to achieve that responsibility, to prioritize education.

    2. Based on these excerpts, what can we infer that the president believes is important in order to be educationally successful?
    We can infer that he believes that persistence is important. No matter how much we want to participate in other activities at times, our education is always more important. He believes that the ability to put first things first is important. We should put other situations aside until we are finished with each day’s homework or other assignments. He also believes that quitting is not an option. No matter how hard it may seem, we can not give up; something will only get easier if you continue to try it, no matter if you get it right or wrong. We can not learn if we don’t try.
    3. What do YOU believe is important in order for students to educationally successful?
    I believe that the effort to learn, discipline, and persistence are key factors to being educationally successful. Students can not learn if they don’t put forth at least a little bit of effort to learn or understand; “Anything worth having requires hard work to acquire.”-Coach Armstrong. If students aren’t disciplined enough to prioritize education over non-important and less effective activities like parties, sports, etc., they will not succeed. Additionally, not giving up is significant to educational success. Students who say, “I can’t do this,” or “I don’t know,” will not succeed over those who try to learn and understand and continue to practice something no matter if it is new material or if it is something they have already learned.

  20. Sam Markley says:

    One passage that stood out to me was “Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength because it shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and that then allows you to learn something new.” This specific statement is important to me because most people are pretty shy. So this statement says that no matter how your personality is, you need to have the courage to just ask for help. Another statement that stood out to me was “You make your own future.” This statement stands out to me because there are very few that are willing to make something of their future. Many people are just winging it through high school. If this habit keeps up, nobody will be successful in further education.
    I think the President believes that having a good education base is very important. Also that there are really no excuses for at least not trying to be successful. Another thing I think he believes is that you have to work hard for what you get in your life. This is very true because if you are just handed everything, what is that teaching you.
    I think to be successful you have to work hard for everything you get. This means that us as students need to dedicate time to our education and don’t just be lazy. We need to not be procrastinators and get our work done when it is suppose to be done. Also to be successful we need to have dedicated teachers. Some students probably see their teachers more than they see their parents, so they need to be there for us. Teachers play a big part in our life, and if teachers are just there to get paid I don’t think they really like teaching. Lastly, I think another big part in successful education is to have friends you can rely on for anything you need. Friends have the ability to turn a day that is going horrible in the other direction.

  21. Nicole Torralba says:

    First of all, the two passages that stood out to me from President Obama’s speech on education were, “And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. The future of America depends on you. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.”

    As well as, “And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you, don’t ever give up on yourself, because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country. The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.”

    Therefore, based on these excerpts, I assume that the President believes that we must never ever give up. He wants students of America today to always strive for their best and instill in their mind, body, and soul that failure is not an option. If we do fail, we must never let that bring us down and we must pick ourselves up and continue to reach our goal and never ever give up. Nothing would be accomplished if we always said, “I give up or that’s too hard, I don’t think I can accomplish that.” What we do today affects our future as well as the future of the country. We contribute to the growth and success of our country and we need an education to help us do so.

    I myself agree with President Obama in regards to never giving up. I believe that to succeed, we must always try our hardest and be responsible for our education. We as students must put forth effort into everything that we do for it is another determining factor in where we will land in the future and what way our country will be in the future. What we are learning today are just little steps to help us discover who we really are and our extensive range of capabilites that we could share to the rest of our country . Who knows, we might find a cure for cancer or AIDS, but we won’t be able to do that if we have the mindset of failure. I know that if we put our mind to it, then we have a greater chance of success and the ability to help change and help our country in the process.

  22. Nicole Torralba says:

    First of all, the two passages that stood out to me from President Obama’s speech on education were, “And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. The future of America depends on you. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.” As well as, “And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you, don’t ever give up on yourself, because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country. The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.”

    Therefore, based on these excerpts, I assume that the President believes that we must never ever give up. He wants students of America today to always strive for their best and instill in their mind, body, and soul that failure is not an option. If we do fail, we must never let that bring us down and we must pick ourselves up and continue to reach our goal and never ever give up. Nothing would be accomplished if we always said, “I give up or that’s too hard, I don’t think I can accomplish that.” What we do today affects our future as well as the future of the country. We contribute to the growth and success of our country and we need an education to help us do so.

    I myself agree with President Obama in regards to never giving up. I believe that to succeed, we must always try our hardest and be responsible for our education. We as students must put forth effort into everything that we do for it is another determining factor in where we will land in the future and what way our country will be in the future. What we are learning today are just little steps to help us discover who we really are and our extensive range of capabilities that we could share to the rest of our country . Who knows, we might find a cure for cancer or AIDS, but we won’t be able to do that if we have the mindset of failure. I know that if we put our mind to it, then we have a greater chance of success and the ability to help change and help our country in the process.

  23. rebeccamcgehee says:

    “But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. That’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education.”

    “You cannot drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to train for it and work for it and learn for it. And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. The future of America depends on you. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.”

    These two passages stood out to me because the bottom line is that it’s the students’ responsibility to take charge of their own education. Students have to apply themselves and be willing to work hard to accomplish anything. In order to succeed students must not give up. Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused but we can’t quit. School is the most important thing in our lives right now, it determines our future. Students can not expect to do well and succeed if they do not try.

    I think that the president believes it’s important to put school first and stay focused on our school work. He also emphasizes the importance of listening to and gaining knowledge from your parents and grandparents. Adults can motivate students not to drop out and continue to work hard. The President realizes the importance of staying in school and furthering your education in order to better our lives and our country. Especially in these difficult economic times education is more valuable now to secure a stable future.

    In order for students to be educationally successful it is important to complete school, do their homework, and be involved in extra curricular activities and community service. Businesses today not only want students that make good grades, they want well-rounded students that have diverse interests. Starting with community service in your neighborhood to joining clubs in school and even joining the Greek system in college is a good way to get your foot in the door. President Obama is very articulate in motivating America to take advantage of the education system.

  24. kalisomsen says:

    5th Period
    One passage I found important was, “When I was young, my family lived overseas. I lived in Indonesia for a few years. And my mother, she didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school, but she thought it was important for me to keep up with an American education. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday. But because she had to go to work, the only time she could do it was at 4:30 in the morning,” because it showed that his mother strongly wanted him to have an American education despite his surroundings. As a result of that persistence, he excelled so far he became the president of our country. That just shows what an education can get you. The other passage that was very meaningful was when he said, “No one’s born being good at all things. You become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. The same principle applies to your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right. You might have to read something a few times before you understand it. You definitely have to do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.” This is important because he gives examples as to why we need to practice, and why some things are easier than others. If we are good at one thing, then we need to spend less time on that and more time on the things we struggle at until we understand it.
    Based on the quotes above, I think Barack Obama thinks persistence and determination is the key to success in school. He had persistence, and it took him to the White House. He believes we need to practice something more than once in order to fully understand it. Sure, some people may need less practice, but we are all good at different things and that is what brings variety.
    My belief is very similar to Obama’s belief. Everyone needs to try more than once to be good at something, especially in school. If a student continues to try at a subject such a chemistry, they may find they actually like it and become a pharmacist. However, had they given up, it is a loss in our society. Students also need to feel important, otherwise they may give up on school all together and work at McDonald’s their entire life. When people feel important, they want to try harder to be as successful as possible.

  25. Jennifer Shirley says:

    President Obama said “I’ve talked about teachers’ responsibility for inspiring students and pushing you to learn.
    I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and you get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with the Xbox.

    I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, and supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working, where students aren’t getting the opportunities that they deserve.

    But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. That’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education.

    I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself. Every single one of you has something that you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.”
    This paragraph within the speech really stood out to me, because it backs up the belief that everyone in in charge of their own life. Teachers and parents need to be supportive, yet sometimes they are not. That means to a certain degree it is up to the students to strive to learn even if it is hard and time consuming. When students reach their teenage year they are more prone to be tempted by cheating and not staying on task. This will always hurt the students in the end, yet it is not always the students fault. The work load for middle and high school students rises every year and there is only so much time. Although no matter what students should always try to do their best. I saw a quote one day, I don’t know who it was by, but it really spoke to me,” You don’t have to be THE best, just YOUR best.” That backs up exactly what Obama said in part of his speech.
    President Obama said “You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical-thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.

    We need every single one of you to develop your talents and your skills and your intellect so you can help us old folks solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that — if you quit on school — you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.”

    This is a very straight forward exert. The classes students take in high school are not just to fill up time. They are really needed, they are needed to go to college, get a degree, and to have a successful career. Without the help of teachers and students striving to learn there will be no “good careers” If students don’t try to learn now they will have a harder time in the future.

    I believe that President Obama really wants to help with education. I am not sure how he will motivate some students. Although, he will do his best to try. I think that in order for students to succeed they need a good home support and also good friends. No matter how hard you try you can’t make anyone do something. All you can do is try.

  26. Lindy Smith says:

    5th period
    The passages that stood out to me the most were simple but really powerful. President Obama said that “There is no excuse for not trying.” He is exactly correct about this statement, students really do not have an excuse to give up and not even try, it is very immature and irresponsible. Students in America are privileged and lucky to have such wonderful schools and opportunities for a successful education, so we should use this benefit that we have, not give it up. Also, another quote that stood out to me was “Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength..” This quote relates to every single one of us in the United States because we all want to be independent, but the truth is, is that we need one another to be a good country, state, community, and school. Nothing would get done in our world if we do not work together.
    President Obama believes that in order for students to succeed in school is to stay involved in school, take responsibility for their education, and never give up. Obama does a good job sharing with the students across America, that being responsible for yourself is the key to success. We have to be in charge of wanting to learn, waking up and going to school, doing our homework, getting help when we need it, and being accountable for all the work that needs to be done. Also, the President says to keep going at whatever your dream is, because its not for your own future, you succeeding is also beneficial to our country.
    In my opinion, in order for students to do well in school is to simply focus on their education. In this generation, there are many horrific things out in the world, so we have to stop, choose to say no, and concentrate on our school work. The number 1 reason that kids give up and drop out of school is because they simply do not care. But, I believe that is we put our education at the center of our attention, every student will succeed. Adding to that, I also agree with President Obama that students need to take responsibility. We as students need to grow up, become mature and take pride in every little piece of school work that we do.

  27. nolanwilliamson says:

    The parts of President Obama’s speech were some of the subtle but powerful points that he made. One of his best points was, “Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up.” Too many students believe that once they hit the trough in their education, there is no way of getting out of it. He also mentioned, “…But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their lives, for their education, and set goals for themselves.” There are very few students anymore that hit the trough and press through it even though it’s hard, and it looks like there is no way out. They take responsibility for how they got there and use that to get out. President Obama said “…you can’t let your failures define you — you have to let your failures teach you.” You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time. So if you get into trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to act right. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.” Many students fail at something and give up never to try again, and these are the people who may have had a chance at leading our country.

    From these excerpts I think the president believes that students need to take their education into their own hands, and believe that they can succeed. He seemed to really press upon those points. He mentioned several times that students can still do good after failing, and I think that President Obama believes that students need to trust in themselves more, but also need to be motivated.

    I believe that students need to take their own educations on, and take them on earlier. Teachers need to step away earlier, or students will get too far into their education and be too accustomed to being pushed along the entire way. Teachers are being like training wheels on a bike, when they need to be like the person teaching how to ride a bike and giving mental support. Students give up too early these days, and that needs to stop. Teachers need to give more motivation and reward, and less easy work and force.

  28. Kellie Spann says:

    – “These people succeeded because they understood that you can’t let your failures define you — you have to let your failures teach you.”
    I think this quote is important because this it has a lot of truth to it. It proves that you can’t just quit on something when u fail, and expect to be perfect at it the next time; you have to learn from your failures so that when u come upon the same situation, you can look back and know not to make the same mistake again, and to try something else. Then if you fail again, well then you learned something new again and maybe the third time is the charm, and if it works the second time, then your past failures have helped you succeed.
    – “You cannot drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to train for it and work for it and learn for it.”
    This stood out to me because it is very ironic for quite a bit of students. A lot of students think exactly the opposite-that they can just ditch school and be smart enough to keep a decent paying job for the rest of their lives. But, no, that’s not going to cut it in the business world. You have to work hard and study to be intelligent and do good in school to make yourself look good to career applications. It’s not easy, so students shouldn’t expect to be lazy through their education and still be successful in life.
    Of course President Obama thinks it is vitally important for each and every student to stay in school and work hard for their acheivements in order for them as individuals, as well as our country as a whole-to become very successful, powerful, and strong.
    I absolutely agree with President Obama in that students should not only stay in school, but also to push themselves and work hard through it all. As much as students hate school, they really shouldn’t complain and should be more grateful for it and should enjoy it while they have it. Because the truth is, it’s actually the easiest they will get out of life. You have 12-20 years of school, then you have the real world..no excuses..no slack..no pushed back deadlines. So if all students did was give a little bit and put in some hard work and discipline, then they will get a smooth ride through life as an output. They will find that life will be easy since they will be used to the discipline & unexcepted excuses; on the other hand, if they cheat their was through school and slack off and be lazy, don’t do their work when they are supposed to and don’t turn in their work on time, then they will find that life is deffinitely not a box of chocolates; they are cheating themselves if they do that. It will be the steepest, logenst hill of their lives once they step into the business world if all they did was push school to their most unimportant priority during their education.

  29. fahrnbauer2 says:

    1) “And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you, don’t ever give up on yourself, because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country”

    -This passage stood out to me, because i never realized how important one person in our can be. If one person fails or gives up, it can affect thousands of people. They could have had the ability to cure cancer, but if they gave up they would have never found their gift or ability. If one person fails, not only are they failing themselves, they are letting down so many others who could have been influenced or helped by them.

    But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. That’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education
    -This passage stood out to me because I completely agree with President Obama. We can have the greatest learning tools in the whole world, but they aren’t important unless we are willing to put the effort into using them to learn from.

    2) I believe the president feels like it is very important to have the next generation of students motivated to do well, never to give up, and set the standards high. He feels like in order for student to achieve they must have self motivation to find out what their certain gift is. This upcoming generation is so important, because we truly have the future of America is in our hands.

    3) I believe in order for students to be educationally successful, students need support and encouragement from parents, teachers, and adults who can emphasize the importance of education and succeeding in school. Students need to be pushed and encouraged to turn in their homework and study for tests. It will prevent many from failing or flunking out of school. When parents are involved in their child’s school work, they are more likely to succeed.

  30. Hannah Swanson says:

    “But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. That’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education.”

    “You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical-thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.”

    1. President Obama’s speech made some excellent points, and I felt as if it gave students a sort of push that they need to succeed. The passages above were two of the many that stood out the most to me and made some of the most profound points. I agree with these passages in that students most certainly need to accept the responsibility of their education. By them doing so, the technologies and other advancements in the world will continue to expand in the future to greater lengths. These possible discoveries could change the lifestyles of many people and make a difference in America forever. If students do not change the effort they put into their education today, then the nation will begin to suffer tomorrow. Also, I agree with President Obama in that today’s students are the future, and the future is now. The students of America need to push themselves to their fullest potential and use all of their valuable hidden talents to push this nation forward and continue to make it one of the strongest in the world.

    2. Based on the speech, I think that President Obama believes in order for students to have a successful education, they need to truly focus on their studies and take responsibility of their school work. Another main point the President was trying to get across is that the future of America relies on the students of today. If these students do not listen to their parents, teachers, and other adult influences in their lives and take charge of their education now, then the nation will suffer in the future. There are many ways for students to succeed in their education and take responsibility for it. This includes getting involved in extracurricular activities and devoting an extra hour or two of ones time to studying. President Obama was also trying to say that today’s students need to work hard now so they can have a job that can support them in the future. “…being successful is hard,” stated the President. Here he is saying that success doesn’t come easy for anyone, and it takes hard work, dedication, and patience. Some of the most successful people in today’s world started with failures, but they kept going and tried their best. President Obama wants the students of America to do this today so that they will leave a mark on the nation tomorrow.

    3. President Obama made some excellent points in his speech, and many of the points he made stood out to me immensely. One main message that stood out to me is that students must take responsibility for their education in order to be successful. Success takes effort and dedication and cannot be achieved through laziness. Any type of success comes through some sort of failure, and the students of America cannot give up on themselves when they fail. When they give up on themselves, they give up on who they are and their country. The hard work of students today will lead to success in the medical field, mathematical advancements, economic achievements, and technological inventions in the future of America. These students need to work to leave their mark in history like they students before them did. Without this consistent hard work in education, we would have technologies such as the computer, cell phone, or the television. When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried hundreds of experiments before he found the right formula. If he had given up on himself and his goal, we may not have electrical light today. America is about success and hard work. Nothing here comes easy, and the students of this nation need to make the right choices today so that they can make a change later in the world tomorrow.

  31. Halley Ramsey says:

    One of the passages that spoke to me was”Every single one of you has something that you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer.” I think at one point in life every child has thought that they could not do anything that they were not good at anything and they are wrong.As Obama said everyone is good at something it may be sports, academics, or arts.Another one was “Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength because it shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and that then allows you to learn something new.” I always have issues asking for help or asking a question,so this passage related to me.Its not that I find it a weakness but what if my question was a really stupid one,I wouldn’t to ask a dumb question. The president believes that you have to believe in your self before you can accomplish anything.Confidence is key and most students are lacking it.I believe that every student should have the help if need to be successful, not all students can do it on there own. Students do need to be educationally successful in order to be successful later on in life.When a student feels like giving up help should be there to talk a student through.Parents should support there child no matter what age with whatever grade they bring home.If a bad grade is brought home, encouragement and help is always helpful.Students are giving up on themselves, and i believe giving up is not the answer.

  32. Loren Teachey says:

    After watching and reading President Barrack Obama’s speech to school children in Arlington, VA, I was able to find multiple passages from the speech that I valued. My favorite, also the shortest, was “There is no excuse for not trying”. The meaning here is clear. If you don’t give an effort now in school, there will be no success in your future. There can be no excuse for slackers and those who give no effort to their futures. Another quote that I found important was “You won’t love every subject that you study. You won’t click with every teacher that you have. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right at this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try. That’s okay. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures.” It means that even though the work is hard and sometimes not your style, you still have to do it to succeed in your future.
    Based on these texts, I can infer that the President places a high value on education. His belief is that it will affect our everyday lives today, tomorrow, a year from now or even 10 years from now. It is and defines what our future will look like. We as students today will be our countries leaders tomorrow. He believes that our education will determine whether or not our future is bright for our country, because if we as students are not prepared to take command of our country then we will lose the values and freedoms we hold in our nation.
    I personally believe that for students to succeed educationally, we must have a strong will to learn. Without a desire to learn, there will be no desire for students to succeed either. If students don’t succeed then our future as individuals and citizens of the United States looks incredibly dim. A strong will is the only way to solve these problems. It provides the strongest support possible for students and a nation in troubled times.

  33. Betty Huynh says:

    While listening and reading President Obama speech on education, passages that stood out to me were: “…people succeeded because they understood that you can’t let your failures define you — you have to let your failures teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time. So if you get into trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to act right. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.No one’s born being good at all things. You become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. The same principle applies to your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right. You might have to read something a few times before you understand it. You definitely have to do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength because it shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and that then allows you to learn something new. So find an adult that you trust — a parent, a grandparent or teacher, a coach or a counselor — and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals” and ” But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. That’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education.” These passages stuck out to me because I believe that it is true. I went to maybe about seven different schools my whole life. I saw many types of situations students were in. There was two common one. Students would blame the teacher for their bad grades and tell their parents. Then the parents would complain to the administrators. In a way, there are some teachers that don’t teach the way a certain students are more comfortable. It is the students’ responsibilities to make sure they ask the teacher for extra help. True, some students don’t want to ask help because they think they would look stupid. My advice is that they shouldn’t really care about what others have to say, as long as they get unconfused about the subject. Another thing that is common is the fact that when one ends in failure, they would give up. I was one of them. It really effected my grades and my self-esteem. I later on decided to try harder and brought my grades up. It shows that a failure really does steer you towards the right way.
    From Obama’s speech, I think we can infer that he has some key points that he’s trying to say out to others. I think he believes that its true that parents and teachers are a part to a student’s success. They are a part of our success but the main thing is the student himself/herself and their will to try hard and don’t give up when it seems hopeless. He believes that that is the most important to succeed : your willingness to do so. Even though there are many going through some hardships right now, they can still give it their all.
    What I believe is important for students and myself to be educationally successful is that we are willing to put effort into it and now give up when we fail. I think we should ask for help from the teacher when we need to and do it on our own afterwards so that we understand the concepts that are learned. It all depends on our effort of commitment. It’s not just you look at it for one second and say you got it. You have to practice it over and over to get the hang out if.

  34. alexiscargle says:

    “We need every single one of you to develop your talents and your skills and your intellect so you can help us old folks solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that — if you quit on school — you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.”
    I think that every person holds a talent. Whether or not they have discovered that talent. That talent an individual possesses may lead to a remarkable discovery in the world. So if individuals give up on themselves, they are not only setting themselves up for failure, but they are letting down the future of America- people who would have needed that talent in order to save their life.

    “Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you, because here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.”

    I think that Obama was right when he said you make your own future. You decide what you do in your life, and what decisions you need to make to accomplish your goals. If you are at a tough spot in your life, do not give up. Because where you are in your life at that moment does not decided where your life will be in ten years. Just because things are hard does not mean that they will not have been worth all the stress, hard ache, sweat, and tears. You write your destiny; you create your future.
    I think Barack Obama thinks that you have to stay in school in order to be successful. I agree with him one hundred percent. You need school in order to succeed. He wants everyone to ask for help when they need it, and to not feel embarrassed about it. He thinks you need hard work and discipline. Obama also says you need to fail in order to succeed. Failures do not mean that you are bad or stupid, it just means that you no what not to do next time. Put in that extra effort needed.
    In order to be educationally successful, you need to work hard in all aspects of school. Make sure to pay attention and get those diplomas while you are able. Do not think that you can get by with just enough, always go that extra ten percent. Always know what you are going to do before you do it; you need to plan ahead. Pick a job you want. You want a job that you are good at and like to do, whereas a job that is decent. So attend as many years of school required, it will all be worth it in the end.

  35. Perry Holobach says:

    No Child Left Behind

    No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is a law passed that requires all public schools to administer a state-wide standardized test annually to students. NCLB rightfully seeks to evaluate and hold schools accountable for their educational effectiveness. If the school fails to administer the test and to not do the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP); the school will be drastically changed if they fail to do it four times. If the school doesn’t do an AYP for four years, the school’s staff could get changed, the entire curriculum could get changed, but something will change to get the scores higher. AYP tests in communication arts and math. With several subgroups based on race, ability, and socioeconomic status. AYP doesn’t recognize declines or stagnations in achievement across and within performance levels. AYP performance standards not supported by real evidence of being achievable. AYP determination failed AYP at rates exceeding 80 percent. Yet schools enrolling these subgroups showed greater improvement in the state’s composite proficiency index scores then the state average. Sources show AYP is an unreliable and invalid measure of effectiveness that holds schools more accountable for where students start than for their academic progress and, in the case of the most disadvantaged schools, for performing an educational feat that has never been reliably evidenced.

    Adequate Yearly Progress Reports are a Hindrance to Educational Success

    By: The American Federation of Teachers

    The AFT blames the AYP for the failures in the NCLB Act. They believe the AYP doesn’t effectively test the progress or educational advancements of a school; and that the test is too vague and broad to really tell when a school is doing good for their students or bad for their students. The AFT believes the AYP can be influenced by non academic factors, such as: school size, grades tested, and the size and number of NCLB-defined subgroups. One of the main concerns with NCLB is that the standardized testing it too broad and that it doesn’t accurately illustrate the progress or failures of the school being tested. Another is that the subgroups in the schools aren’t counted in the AYP progress and will always fail. Which is interesting because some of the smaller sub-groups make more progress and learn more then the main group (so the article says). According to this particular essay, it says that schools that enroll large numbers of the sub-groups are automatically failing the AYP because of the sub-group and numbers. This is regardless of how much progress, educationally, the sub-groups make. Smaller school districts wont fail the AYP, but larger schools and districts will. Just based on their size.

    “Therefore, schools that started substantially below even the state’s starting AYP targets…must increase their percentage of proficient students at a rate so phenomenal that it has never been reliably evidenced. Conversely, schools that started comfortably above the targets can coast or decline and still make AYP, at least for awhile. Ultimately, most schools will fail AYP.”

    This passage from the essay I read really stood out to me because it basically tells us that our schools are being tested and they have no hope of passing. This really made me think about my work, and how I would feel if I was tested on something that I was told I would never pass. I also thought about how much progress I made or how much effort I put into my work, that I would never reach the goals set by the state. These sentences really gave me an insight as to how the school system must work and how hard people have to try to achieve their goals, even when the goals are unreachable. I think people who read this passage and really understand how it relates to their lives and finds that deeper connection, we could really begin to understand what goals are.

  36. Ashley Schellhase says:

    1) Education is the foundation to this country. Without education, the country would not funcion correctly. President Obama’s speech was very clear and straight to the point about this concern. “What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. The future of America depends on you. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.” I agree that the work effort students provide today will be the foundation for a better tomorrow. In order for this country to improve, education needs to improve. This means that students, as a whole, need to give one-hundred percent. “Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you, because here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.” Students need to realize that you can’t go back and re-write a chapter or your life; although, you can start a new and improved chapter to your life. Life is too short for students to sit around complaining about what has happened in the past, and they need to focus on today and their future. Your performance today will determain where life guides you to in the future.
    2) I think the president is trying to get the point across of how important education really is. In order for education to be successful, students need to start taking on some responsibility for their own education. I know that some of my fellow classmates are more interested in being social than their education. There is nothing wrong with being social, but then again there is a point when students need to be focused on school. In order for students to get focused I believe they need to set personal goals. If goals are set, then students will have something to strive for.
    3) I believe the most important thing that students can do for their education is believe in themselves. Students need confidence in everything they do. Students also need moral support from trusting adults. Parents need to be focused in on their childs education as well. This means that parents need to be ensured that their child does their work. If all American students buckle down and start doing their work, then this country will be turned around completely. This country will have smarted citizens that are willing to work hard at their everyday jobs.

  37. redcap911 says:

    1. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength because it shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and that then allows you to learn something new. So find an adult that you trust — a parent, a grandparent or teacher, a coach or a counselor — and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.” Asking questions is probably one of the most important things you could in education. It is the only way you will be able to learn anything important. “The truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject that you study. You won’t click with every teacher that you have. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right at this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.That’s okay. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. J.K. Rowling’s — who wrote Harry Potter — her first Harry Potter book was rejected 12 times before it was finally published.” That is very true. People don’t fail through previous failures, they learn from their mistakes.

    2. He believes we need to ask questions more and more. Questioning is the only way that anyone can find a true answer. Without it the great people in life wouldn’t have ever gotten their ideas recognized, because they would have never come up with their ideas. He also believe people shouldn’t give up on themselves just because they failed a certain task. They should learn from their mistakes and strive to achieve greatness.

    3. Students need to start paying attention in class and do their work. When that happens, they will be able to acquire the information that can inspire them to go further into the subject. If they do that they might become the future doctors or scientist that will come up with cures for diseases we’ve been trying to cure for generations. I also think we should start doing our homework and assignment when they are given to them. An old philosophy says “practice makes perfect” if this is remotely true then if we do our assignments as practice we will get better in these subjects.

    -Robbie Young

  38. Jonathan Rizzi says:

    After reading through and watching President Obama’s speech, I highlighted a few key points that were made. There were two passages that stood out to me. One covered responsibilities that students have and the other spoke of the importance of education. “I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and you get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with the Xbox. I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, and supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working, where students aren’t getting the opportunities that they deserve. But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.” This statement really stood out to me. Really, what the President is saying is that we can have the most prominent school system in the world, and if the students aren’t committed, then none of it matters. Another statement that the President made was about how important education was when it came to getting a job. “You cannot drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to train for it and work for it and learn for it. And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. The future of America depends on you. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future. You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical-thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free.”This is so true. There is no way we can make it in the world without a high school, nay, a college education. Corporations and companies are looking for graduates with bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees now. There is almost no chance to get a job with just a high school education anymore. ‘One other comment he made that caught my eye was “There is no excuse for not trying.”
    I feel as if President Obama is ready to make changes, but he needs the support of the public. For too long has the Media put down reformists, and persuaded others to believe them. I think that it is important for students to receive a good education. There is almost no possibility for a good job in today’s economy and workforce without some form of degree from an institution or college.

  39. Emily Slater says:

    “But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.” I thought it was important because it is so true. Many students have wonderful teachers, but they do not try. So when they get a bad grade, the just say the teacher is bad.The quote “Jazmin, Andoni, and Shantell aren’t any different from any of you. They face challenges in their lives just like you do. In some cases they’ve got it a lot worse off than many of you. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their lives, for their education, and set goals for themselves.” Students are always complaining about how hard their lives are and how it’s an excuse not to do school work, but that really is quite pointless. Many people have had it much worse off and have gotten good grade so they have no room to complain.

    President Obama believes it is important for students to take responsibility for their selves. Without effort, nobody can become great. If one tries, however, then it is possible to overcome even the worst circumstances. There is no excuse for not putting in an effort. He believes that even with the best resources, our schools will fail if students do not want to learn.

    I also believe that it is important for people to take responsibility for their education. In a country where smart people are called names and it is considered weird to read, this is no easy task. Our country used to be a forerunner in education, and now we’re slowly falling behind. This is because while we have the resources, we lack the motivation. America has a reputation for ignorance and selfishness that is not entirely undeserved. If people do not start realizing that education matters, then this will only get worse.

  40. joe hulen says:

    “Now, I know it’s not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.”

    This passage stood out to me in a few ways. First, I completely agree with this statement. Students have tons of challenges outside of school. These challenges affect our school work a lot of the time. It can distract us and keep us from what we need to do.

    “I know that sometimes you get that sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work — that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star. Chances are you’re not going to be any of those things.
    The truth is being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject that you study. You won’t click with every teacher that you have. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right at this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.”

    First, I agree with this passage. It is almost completely true. There is a saying that goes “every expert was once a beginner”, and that should give anyone hope that they can do whatever they set their mind too. People need to learn rather than look for the easy way out. The likely hood of a person becoming a star less than a student graduating high school.

    I believe that he thinks there are many things to do to be successful in school. He believes you need to concentrate on your school work, and try to get through whatever is keeping you from doing well. He also thinks that we need to try hard at our school work instead of relying on a dream that might not come true. And even when you don’t like your teacher you should try your hardest. Do the best you can at your school work is his main belief.

    I believe that to be successful in school you need to do your work. You always need to do your homework, and if you don’t get it ask questions. If you are not doing great in a class, you may need to consider a tutor. These are some of the things you need to be successful.

  41. Blake Newcomer says:

    “You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You cannot drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to train for it and work for it and learn for it.”
    “These people succeeded because they understood that you can’t let your failures define you — you have to let your failures teach you.”

    I believe that the president feels that attendence is very important. That students that drop out are most likely to be unsuccesful. He feels that training and studying for what you want is very important. He believes that people donot need to let failures let them down, an that we should build off our failures to make us stronger.

    I believe that students need a concrete background to help build them self on. They need to be able to follow one curiculum and only one. What students are teached does not need to be changed in their education. I believe that students need to focus on study and practice to succeed in their career.

  42. Austin Phillips says:

    The first passage that stood out to me was, “But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. That’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education.” The next passage that I thought was important was, “Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you, because here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.”

    I believe that Obama is saying that students have to pay attention in class in order to be able to make good grades. I also think that he is saying students should be responsible with their school work. I think that his final point was to make sure that the students parents, grandparents, and other guardians stay behind their child and make sure that the stay responsible and make sure that they are paying attention in class. These points are important to remember because the student will never know what they will actually be doing in their future.

    I believe that Obama is right in the three points that he spoke about. That students have to pay attention in class. That students also have to be responsible in their school work. Finally that the students have to have someone at home believing in their success in school. These to me are the three most important points to be educationally successful.

  43. Rachel Hester says:

    One thought that stuck out to me was when President Obama said, “But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.” This shows me just how important it is to try hard and to study. We, as students, are responsible for our education; it is not just up to the teachers or texts books to show us what we need to learn. We need to grasp that information, take advantage of it, and milk it for all its worth.
    Another idea that stood out to me was the phrase, “We need every single one of you to develop your talents and your skills and your intellect so you can help us old folks solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that — if you quit on school — you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.”. It is up to us. We are the future leaders of America. We need to do the best we can in order to ensure a successful country and economy for our future.
    President Obama expects a lot out of us, and I expect a lot out of myself. He is encouraging us to try harder and to get the best education we can. He is trying to teach us not to give up on ourselves and to take advantage of all we have access to. We, as students, need to try harder and not give up.

  44. Brittany Leon says:

    President Obama’s Speech
    Brittany Leon

    The two passages that really stood out for me are:

    “But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. That’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education.”

    “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 — none of that is an excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude in school. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. There is no excuse for not trying.”

    This stood out to me very much.Mostly because everyone has seen the students who don’t try and cheat their way through school and it frustrates those of us who work our butts off to get good grades. They bring our schools down and that effects us very much. Therefore, that’s why it is so important like President Obama said to take control of our education and be responsible. That’s means turning in your homework on time, studying more for classes that you may not be the best in. Also like he said you can’t be great at everything, but you should just try your hardest to learn it still. In conclusion paying attention to your teachers and other adults is important and you put in the hard work you won’t succeed and America needs us to succeed to help solve problems and improve our country. And as President Obama said every student does have problems at home, but it can’t be our excuse to not try or skip class. That’s is something I have learned thanks to a wise teacher who helped me realize to use all of the problems to push myself to work hard everyday and to want better for me because what people see you do or your attitude towards others affects what they think of you no matter if you think its not fair. So I believe that we should try our hardest to succeed no matter if we fail the first time around just keep trying and successful things can be acheived.

  45. Morgan Cantrell says:

    1. “Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up.” This quote spoke to me because constantly I worry about whether or not I will make it in college. High school is a lot harder than I ever imagined it would be while I was in middle school, and I have learned that to make good grades, you have to put all your time and effort into your work. How you carry yourself out in school right now DOES determine how you will carry yourself out in college, but it does NOT determine where you will end up.

    “But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.” More students should spend more time worrying about grades and college then their social life, relationships, or what they are doing on Friday nights. Our parents try so hard to give us a good education especially when they were not privileged with a wonderful opportunity at an education. If it were not for our teachers and parents encouraging us every day to try our best, then we would not make it in school, but we have to put in our effort as well. We have to have a positive attitude towards school to be able to succeed and we must show up everyday in class and give our best effort if we want to go far.

    2. Obama believes that u have to have a good education in order to succeed in life. Our president knows what it’s like to have to struggle to receive a good education as well as his wife and our first lady, Michelle Obama. Even after growing up with a poor education, Michelle was able to attend one of the top colleges in the world, and she is now married to the president of the United States of America. Without even the little education they received, Barack or Michelle would not be where they are now. Education is a vital source to success, and without, your life will go no where.

    3. I believe that students should have a positive attitude and should try their best every day while in school. God has given each and everyone of us a wonderful gift, and that gift is life. Life would be a wast if we did not get the best education we possibly could because without an education, you will not succeed. Personally, I hope to receive the best education as possible to fulfill my dream by becoming a physical therapist after college. I would feel guilty if my many teachers through grade school, middle school, and high school spent so much of their time to give me an education and I did not take advantage of it. I have always tried to do my best in school, and the more I study and try my best to learn something new everyday, the further I will go.

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