A fresh start

Published 7:50 am Wednesday, September 9, 2009

On Tuesday millions of American schoolchildren entered their classrooms — embarking on a learning adventure with renewed promise and excitement for the year to come.

Even if you don’t agree with President Barack Obama’s politics, his words in a speech that was televised across the United States could still prove inspirational.

School administrators, teachers and parents feel the daily pressure of making sure our children are well-educated.

On Tuesday, Obama urged students themselves to take ownership of their schooling and futures.

“Every single one of you has something you’re good at,” he said. “Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.”

Parents who chose to shield their children from those wise words might consider giving a similar speech to their kids who missed out.

If parents are at a loss for words, we offer the best two lines from Obama’s speech on Tuesday:

“You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.”