wow, was i wrong about president obama in my last blog.
after reading the full transcript of his speech to schoolchildren this morning in the usa today, i was absolutely astounded. here's a sample...
"Now I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility.
I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.
I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.
I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.
But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.
And 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 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."
dude!!!! ...what the FREAK was THAT?!?!?!
i mean, c'mon!!! who does this man think he is??? taking our education seriously??? what's up with THAT??? and what does he have against the xbox? and what's he trying to say about those of us who DO spend every waking hour in front of the tv??? and what's all this stuff about "doing your homework"??? uh, hello? SOCIALISM!!!!!!!
whatever. anyway, forgetting-- if we can-- all that junk this guy is trying to warp our children with, what about the adults he mentioned in his speech?! huh?! what about US!!! the fine, upstanding tax-paying big people in this great nation of ours???
specifically, i'm talking about the educators and the parents. i'm an educator-- have been one for quite some time now, so i think i can speak with a great deal of authority when i question his choice of words here:
"I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn."
uh, excuse me?! what, suddenly i have a "responsibility" for "inspiring" kids?!?!?!?! when did THAT happen?!?!?! "pushing" them to "learn"?!?!?!?! lol, yeah, right! hey, bub, i'm sorry, but i didn't sign up for THAT!!! i'm in it for the money, mr. president. it's all about the benjamins, baby.
and what about the parents??? uhm, it's somehow up to THEM now to make sure their children are on track??? well, pardon ME, mr. president, but, what about the jonas brothers??? what about miley cyrus??? what about the twitter???
and, really, why is president obama putting so much weight on the shoulders of parents, anyway??? doesn't he know how freakin' TIRED they are??? or does he not think the parents of america have EARNED the right to slack off? to take some time (or all their time) for themselves? to, if they so desire within the confines of their own homes, ignore their children completely?
"dad...? ...am i on track?"
"hey, shhhhh!!! glen beck's on!!!"
all apologies, friends. i don't know what i was thinking, backing this guy, our president. he's got a lot of nerve, that guy.
the five things i fell in love with today...
2) the usa today.
3) spending too much time in front of the television.
4) that i truly didn't know how to spell "cyrus". had to google it.
5) barack obama's speech today. if you've missed it, i'd highly recommend looking it up on youtube. no matter how you feel about the president.
song of the day...
"dreams" by the cranberries
movie of the day...