So, there is much controversy surrounding the President’s address to the students. I confess, I don’t like it one bit, but not because of his political affiliations. It is because of his ideology and talking directly to students without their parents foreknowledge fits his modus operandi. Of course, the lesson plans established by the Department of Education were outrageous, but enough about that.
Here is a quote from his speech (at least the printed remarks):
But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.
Now, based on his words alone I am with him 100%. In fact, this is something that we don’t hear enough about in the education world. Personal responsibility on the part of the students is exactly what ought to be stressed by everyone from the President down to the lowest man (or woman) on the government payroll.
Matching his rhetoric to his actions is something entirely different. Is some one who speaks so eloquently about the need for personal responsibility really going to advocate for a government-knows-best health care system? Is someone who cherishes personal responsibility as a noble virtue going to bail out banks and auto companies with other people’s money?
Rush Limbaugh spoke about this on his radio program today. Thomas Sowell talks about it from a slightly different angle in a recent column. Both men are probably more qualified than I am to analyze the complex world of national politics, but I didn’t need their help in coming to similar conclusions. This speech, while good on the surface, lacks substance from the man who uttered the words. In other words, show me the responsibility in Obama’s agenda and maybe I’ll become a believer in the hope and change he’s peddling.