President Obama Delivers Address to School Children

Updated 5 years ago

Accept responsibility, work hard, and stay in school… that was the message President Obama delivered to school children on Tuesday.The White House released the text of the controversial speech in advance, in hopes of dispelling fears the president would push his own political agenda. However, some schools across the nation and here in Maine opted not to show the speech to students. Adrienne Bennett has reaction from kids as to what they thought about the address. “You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. “”I though his speech was very lighthearted and very focused on the students.” “I think he should be talking to kids. It’s what a good President should do.”It was a matter of opinion and choice for students at Waterville Senior High.”Students that don’t want to participate have the option of not doing so.” “What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.” “I think it’s a message we need to hear more often.”Most school administrations left it up to teachers to decide whether the speech would be aired in their classrooms, however a handful of principals and superintendents TV5 called said they would not show it, in some cases schools did not have the technological capabilities. The president’s speech from a suburban Virginia high school has drawn fire from some groups, who say it’s an improper use of school time ” I think he was saying was to work hard and anybody no matter what side of the political fence they’re on can’t disagree with that.”A video of the president’s speech will remain on the White House web site for people to download and watch at their convenience.


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