Last night President Obama addressed the nation in his annual State of the Union speech during which he touched on a chief concern of many parents: the need for change in America’s education system.
The task of retaining quality teachers on meager salaries has become a daunting one for school officials and the push to “teach to the test” has limited those teachers’ freedom in the classroom to help students learn in a way that is exciting and engaging. In last nights speech, Obama called for change.
“Let’s offer schools a deal,” he sad. “Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren’t helping kids learn.”
Obama asked that the States adopt legislation that will “require that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn eighteen.”
The president also recognized the need for affordable continuing education, noting that “Americans owe more in tuition debt than credit card debt” and called on Congress to stop the doubling of interest rates on student loans in July, to extend the tuition tax credit, and make it more possible for students to work their way through college by increasing the number of work-study jobs available to them by two-fold in the next five years.
The speech also touched on tax rates, Iran, equal pay for women, immigration, manufacturing, energy, and the housing market to name a few, and gave Americans a flavor for where the president stands on the issues of greatest importance to Americans as we continue into an election year.