President Barack Obama 2010

Republicans again have nothing but negative to say.

There was such Controversy the last time that President Obama gave this speech that the Obama Administration had to release the speech the night before it was given. Parents were threatening to pull their kids out of school because of the “Influence” of Politics in education.

What hogwash. I can believe it, because Racist and Uneducated people will make any excuse to cause division amongst the nation.

Today President Obama was doing what I wish all Presidents before him would have done, stressing the importance of Education for us all.

How in the world anyone could manipulate that message into anything negative is beyond my comprehension.

Let’s look at the stats:

Mathematical Literacy

1. Japan
2. Korea
3. New Zealand
4. Finland
5. Australia
6. Canada
7. Switzerland
8. United Kingdom
9. Belgium
10. France
11. Austria
12. Denmark
13. Iceland
14. Liechtenstein
15. Sweden
16. Ireland
17. Norway
18. Czech Republic
19. United States
20. Germany

In a recent OECD ( study the United States was 19th in Math according to 265,000 15 year olds across the World. I strongly feel that Math is by far the hardest subject for most people to grasp, and if you can excel in Math then you are more like to be able to excel in reading, writing, and science.

We are way below the Top 10 in Math compared to the industrialized world and this is unacceptable as arguably the richest and most powerful nation that has ever existed.

Some Words of Inspiration from the President:

“But here is what I came to Masterman to tell you: nobody gets to write your destiny but you. Your future is in your hands. Your life is what you make of it. And nothing – absolutely nothing – is beyond your reach. So long as you’re willing to dream big. So long as you’re willing to work hard. So long as you’re willing to stay focused on your education.”

“That last part is absolutely essential – because an education has never been more important. I’m sure there will be times in the months ahead when you’re staying up late cramming for a test, or dragging yourselves out of bed on a rainy morning, and wondering if it’s all worth it. Let me tell you, there is no question about it. Nothing will have as great an impact on your success in life as your education.”

“More and more, the kinds of opportunities that are open to you will be determined by how far you go in school. In other words, the farther you go in school, the farther you’ll go in life. And at a time when other countries are competing with us like never before; when students around the world are working harder than ever, and doing better than ever; your success in school will also help determine America’s success in the 21st century.”

“But the truth is, an education is about more than getting into a good college or getting a good job when you graduate. It’s about giving each and every one of us the chance to fulfill our promise; to be the best version of ourselves we can be. And part of what that means is treating others the way we want to be treated – with kindness and respect.”

“So, what I want to say to you today – what I want all of you to take away from my speech – is that life is precious, and part of its beauty lies in its diversity. We shouldn’t be embarrassed by the things that make us different. We should be proud of them. Because it’s the things that make us different that make us who we are. And the strength and character of this country have always come from our ability to recognize ourselves in one another, no matter who we are, or where we come from, what we look like, or what abilities or disabilities we have.”

“And I’m absolutely confident that if all our students – here at Masterman, and across this country – keep doing their part; if you keep working hard, and focusing on your education; if you keep fighting for your dreams and if all of us help you reach them; then not only will you succeed this year, and for the rest of your lives, but America will succeed in the 21st century. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America. ”

People, if those words Inspire me and they should Inspire you to be the very best person that your Drive and Dreams allow you to be. Don’t settle for being in Music or Sports because that is what people expect from you. Be the next Engineer, Scientist, mathematician, Teacher, Politician,Pilot,Astronaut or Business Person. You owe it to yourself, your family, and your Country.

Until Next Time,

Be Inspired,

Derrick T. Butler