On Saturday, President Obama released his weekly address to the nation, and this week’s theme was education. During the short speech he announced his administration’s plans for a new push to focus on education and a new initiative called ConnectED. The speech was filled with wonderful talking points and nice sounding plans, however one thing was missing… the President’s plan to pay for all these new programs.
See for yourself.
I’m speaking with you from the DC Public Library in Anacostia, where I just met with a group of promising middle school students.
We spent some time talking about their lives, and how we all care about their success – and how that starts with a good education.
So one thing I announced here in Anacostia is a new project by libraries and major publishers to provide more than $250 million in free e-Books for low-income students.
It’s all part of our ConnectED initiative to connect 99% of America’s students to high-speed Internet. Because no matter who you are, where you live, or how much money you’ve got, you should be able to access the world’s knowledge and information just like anyone else.
In a global economy, we’ve got to help ensure that everyone, of every age, in every zip code – urban and rural – has the chance to learn the skills that lead directly to a good job.
That’s also why I’ve put forward a plan to make two years of community college as free and universal for every American as high school is today. It’s something I’ll talk about in my commencement address next week at Lake Area Tech, in the small town of Watertown, South Dakota. It’s a community college with a graduation rate that is nearly twice the national average. They’re proving that a great education can be within everyone’s reach.
All of us have a responsibility to not only make sure our own children have pathways to success but that all children do. And a great education is the ticket to a better life like never before. Making sure all our kids receive one is the surest way to show them that their lives matter. And it’s the smartest way to prove to them that in communities like this, and in a country like ours, we believe in opportunity for all.