The State of the Union is an annual address presented by the President of the United States. The address reports on the condition of the nation, and allows the president to outline his legislative agenda. President Barack Obama presented problems as well as solutions, to the United States Congress. Education is imperative for one’s future. Teachers are needed-but states have laid off thousands of teachers. Being a teacher is a demanding profession, and they have a modest pay, not only do they prepare their students for a brighter future-but for the world. A teacher’s impact lasts beyond the classroom.
Obama said, “Other countries are doubling down on education.” Why
can’t America, is education not relevant? Students are the future of
America. While other countries are putting more effort and time into
education-America isn’t. Obama also said this “...tight budgets have
forced states to lay off thousands of teachers”; why does this happen
when teachers are working “tirelessly”,as Obama eloquently put it, if
this is the case why are we repaying teachers with pink slips. Obama
proposed granting schools flexibility by replacing teachers who just are
not helping kids learn. How would someone judge if a teacher is not
doing their job, is it by what the class average is or their teaching
style. Every teacher brings something to the table. What makes one
teacher better than the next?
Education is more than going to school for a few hours, as Obama said
it’s “an escape from poverty to the child who dreams beyond his
circumstance”. Schools provide more opportunities for students who take
it seriously. For some children school is all they have. As for teachers
the same principle goes, this is their job; without it they would have
nothing. They guide students to be the best they can be.
According to Obama, he has convinced every state in the country to “raise their
for teaching and learning-the first time that’s happened in a
generation.” This should already have been every states top priority, it
should not have been the first time to be addressed in a generation.
For being proud Americans we should constantly be trying to better this
country, we should already have high standards and not be reminded to
install these ethics into Americans.
Many people would agree with Obama’s argument saying we should raise
standards for teaching-but America should have already been working on
it without it being addressed. Also, it’s very hypocritical of him to
say this because the comprehension level of his speeches are of an 8th
graders intellectual capabilities. It’s a contradiction because in the
past other president’s speeches had a higher comprehension level for
their speeches, now it has went down. Some people would he is trying to
reach his audience-but if Obama is for raising the standards of
education, he would not be as colloquial. His speeches would have a more
dignified tone. So, why say one thing but not go through with it.