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. I know what that's like. And if you listen to what these candidates are talking about, in individual races across the country, you'll find they're not just running against something, they are running for something. So in the end, for Barack, these issues aren't political--they're personal. I do that every day. Now, you've got to focus on doing what, your top priority has to be your classroom work. This kind of motivational speech may not be so grounded in reality, but it can inspire us to take action and try more than we have.
We're supposed to standup to bullies. When you vote, you've got the power to make sure a family keeps its health insurance; you could save somebody's life. He talks to them as an equal so young audience can identify with him and not only see him as the. It's the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Q: Has any other President done something like this? And even though your generation is the most diverse in history, with a greater acceptance and celebration of our differences than ever before, those are the kinds of conditions that are ripe for exploitation by politicians who have no compunction and no shame about tapping into America's dark history of racial and ethnic and religious division Appealing to tribe, appealing to fear, pitting one group against another, telling people that order and security will be restored if it weren't for those who don't look like us or don't sound like us or don't pray like we do, that's an old playbook.
You don't need an effective government or a robust press or reasoned debate to work when all you're concerned about is maintaining power. . When you vote, you've got the power to make sure white nationalists don't feel emboldened to march with their hoods off or their hoods on in Charlottesville in the middle of the day. In fact, the more cynical people are about government and the angrier and more dispirited they are about the prospects for change, the more likely the powerful are able to maintain their power. He's endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer - hundreds of extra hours - to do his schoolwork. I have talked to them and loved them.
That was the message delivered by President Barack Obama to millions of students across the nation in an inspirational address on Tuesday, September 8. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country. Tonight, I'm announcing a new challenge to redesign America's high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. Cast dozens of votes to take away health insurance from ordinary Americans. License Photo President Barack Obama speaks to students on the first day of school at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia on September 8, 2009. And this isn't just important for your own life and your own future.
You cannot sit back and wait for a savior. Well, he already had the mic, so we'll give two last questions. Part of what happened is that back in the 1940s and '50s a lot of, most of the wealthy countries around the world decided to set up health care systems that covered everybody. The youngsters need to encourage themselves, because their parents and teachers are only a part of it, and the students need to do the. And then there's Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. God bless this country we love.
Every single one of you has something that you're good at. So today, I want to ask you, what's your contribution going to be? What discoveries will you make? Early in my administration, I called for a national effort to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement. And yet, with the help of scholarships and student loans and a little luck, Michelle and I both had the chance to receive a world-class education. I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. And I've been hearing a lot about young people who, you know, they're posting stuff on Facebook, and then suddenly they go apply for a job and somebody has done a search and, so that's some practical political advice for you right there. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it's good enough to hand in.
And if you do that, if you get involved, and you get engaged, and you knock on some doors, and you talk with your friends, and you argue with your family members, and you change some minds, and you vote, something powerful happens. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn't have a lot of money. In two months we have the chance, not the certainty but the chance, to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics. I have been guilty of saying it a few times, particularly when I was on the ballot. We waged a civil war. You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves.
We also need to realize that we can meet high standards without forcing teachers and students to spend most of the year preparing for a single, high-stakes test. When I was young, my family lived overseas. It's a vision that says the protection of our power and those who back us is all that matters, even when it hurts the country. He has proposed a national network of teaching academies to add 25,000 new teachers to high-need urban and rural schools. 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.
I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. Now I know it's not always easy to do well in school. In exchange for more money, teachers need to become more accountable for their performances, and school districts need to have greater ability to get rid of ineffective teachers. At the end of his speech he appeals to logos by bringing the students to reason. It made politicians less willing to compromise, which increased gridlock, which made people even more cynical about politics. And, by the way, the claim that everything will turn out okay because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the President's orders, that is not a check -- I'm being serious here -- that's not how our democracy is supposed to work.