By Erik Fowle, Sep 9, 2009 2:01 PM
Editor's Note: America's eyes were trained on President Obama yesterday as he spoke on the state of American education--but what, EthnoBlog education commentator Erik Fowle asks, did our students learn from the speech, and how did it differ from the education speeches of past presidents? Fowle analyzes the tone President Obama struck in addressing our nation's students, which may have left them with more questions than answers.
Yesterday morning, President Obama stood in front of a group of Wakefield, VA high school students, as well as countless others tuning in online, to deliver a speech on education. Yesterday morning, President Obama urged students to take responsibility for their education, and told them that simply not trying wasn’t an option. Yesterday morning, President Obama, for the first time in his young presidency, did not sound like the Harvard-educated Commander-in-Chief that he is. He sounded instead like a disappointed – angry, even – parent scolding his children.