President Obama is amazing! He is the first president of my adult life that I find to be interesting. Many of our presidents were just boring, but some activated my “cringe” reflex every time I saw or heard them. It pains me to say that I spent too much time cringing through President Obama’s speech to American students.
John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not” speech was inspirational (he was president before I became an adult), but President Osama’s “buckle-down and do better” speech was a waste of words. Does anyone really think that American students are sitting around waiting to be told to do better? If our students are under-achieving it is because parents, teachers, and leaders have failed to provide them with the tools to excel and be successful.
I was not an exceptional student, and whenever adults came at me with the “you can do better” speech their words were lost on me. I just wanted to kick them in the shins until they fell screaming to the ground so that I could puke on them. I saw that look in many of the eyes of the students who were interviewed after the President’s speech. I am sorry Mr. President, but your speech to the students of America was worse than wasted time and wasted words. You can’t tell someone to swim faster and expect your words to be inspiring if they don‘t know how to swim. Your words were more likely to have been defeating and depressing.
Parents, teachers, and leaders are failing our students. We are not providing them with the tools to succeed. Don’t extol them to do better, to be better, or to be inspired. Be inspiring! Let your actions inspire them!
President Obama is usually an inspired and inspirational speaker, but he fell far short of the mark with his speech to the students of America. Mr. President, be inspirational again. Make your actions inspiring and do something heroic to transform the educational system. Inspire parents and teachers to step up and take inspirational action. Make our public schools the best school system in the world. Help our students to learn to be successful, and they will excel and become inspirational too.
If you need a little help, then just ask me. I know how to make American public schools the best schools in the world, and they will cost less than our current system.