Obama's Speech to Kids: "Set Goals For Your Education"

Kim Conte
Big Kid

Today, President Obama is delivering a back-to-school speech to the nation's school children. Supporters are excited about the President's message: Students should study hard and take responsibility for their own eduction. But opponents are accusing him of using the speech to plug his legislative agenda; some parents even kept their children home from school so they didn't have to watch the speech!

Despite all the controversy, there's one part of the speech that educators are hoping isn't ignored...

It's the part where Obama calls on students to set their own academic goals:
"I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education—and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you’ll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you’ll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn."
Educators are hoping that  teachers and parents will use this opportunity to engage with their kids in a meaningful discussion about setting specific goals for their education.
As Obama says, the goal can be simple—pay attention in class or spend time reading each day. But the important part is that students commit to a specific goal.
And stick to it.
Does your big kid have a specific goal for the school year? How will you help her/him set goals for their education and follow through on them?
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