Tuesday, September 14, 2010

President's Spech to Students (Post #10)

On Tuesday, President Obama gave his second address to K-12 students across the country. Last year, many teachers showed the speech in class and much controversy was made nationwide, with some parents opting to have their students stay home and not watch the event. Watch this year's video below (it's 20 minutes long, so you can jump around to get the idea, speech really starts at about 5:30 in). The written transcript is available if you have video or audio problems.  The message again this year is individual responsiblity.

Think about what it means for you as a student.  What it means for your younger siblings and cousins, your future children, and those growing up around you who are going to make up the adult population in the future.

Just freely share your thoughts on the topic of what it means to have personal responsibility and the importance of education.

Focus on the words and not so much the person

129 comments:

  1. I remember watching this on t.v when Barak was talking about how students need to be responcible when it comes down to school. He is right, students need to take education seriously and should do what ever it takes to learn to better the future of all of us. it was a good speech with good intentions for the Students of today.

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  2. I believe that everything obama said in this speech is true. Students need to be responsible about school because our decisions in life not only affect us but the country as well. I also believe that with effort and hardwork, anybody can be anything that they want to be in life.

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  3. it is my personal belief that to better the world we live in we must learn about it and understand it. how can you improve a car's design if you know nothing about cars? the more we learn the better we can make the world and ourselves, and it's always up to us to make the decision to learn and succeed.


    Bryan Jenks
    AP Gov p.1
    Bauer

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  4. School is not only important for the world but it is also important to yourself. People today need goals. Whether its losing fifty pounds, gaining twenty for muscles, or whatever. But school and knowledge are the highest goals because anyone can go to a gym. But it takes dedication and time and the will to learn to go to school, get good grades, and make yourself better today to help the world of tomorrow.

    Joeliane M. Mr. Sloan P. 5

    P.S. No Promises

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  5. School is a must in this country. No If Ands Or Buts about it it is required for every citizin to go to school to get an education and try and expand the worlds Smarts not its minor flaws. Today we have iPhones, ipods, HTC's blackberry's HP, Apple, Dell, Ford, GM, Chevy and many other things that make life A Lot smoother but what about the cancer patients and the pepole that have respiator problems. all the technology we have now isn't nessisarilly helping them out. America needs an education and a strong one at that. We need things to help us live longer and help mother earth not iphones and cadillacs we need machines or medicines to help people get their life back it is what they deserve. So we all must go to school and get our education sop we can be the ones that thrive and become stronger and smarter. not other nations.
    Gary Vasquez
    Mr. bauer Per. 3

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  6. Maria Schmidt, Mr. Bauer, Per. 5September 15, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    School is such an important part of life for everyone. We go to school to get an education and to ultimately achieve our dreams in the future. What Obama said in his speech is true: everyone is responsible for their own future. In order to be successful in the future, we need to get an education and form a self-discipline right now. Anyone can be what they want to be if they apply themselves and work hard.

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  7. In order to be successful in today's society, we must take our education seriously. We must work hard to achieve our goals. We should all embrace this opportunity that we have before us.

    Guadalupe Velasquez
    Sloan, Period 1

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  8. Josh Agans, Bauer P.5September 15, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    This speech that Obama gave had the right intentions to it. However, a lot of people didn't take him seriously. Those people are dumb. School and education is so important in life. Now a days in our society you need a college degree to get a good job. Without one, you probably won't be working at a well paid job. Our economy is depending on us to get out of the mess we are in. Students should take their education very seriously to help our society.

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  9. Hannah Engebretsen/ Bauer, P2September 15, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Getting and education and going to school is an important part of life. Going to school gives you social skills and ability to achieve goals and reach full potential. An education helps you in the day to day world and with dealing with others.

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  10. In order to be successful in life after high school, you need to have an interest in something, learn more about it, and then go do it. You cant just completely ignore every moment of school. Even though it is unlikely everything you learn in school will be used later, it is still good to know certain things.

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  11. Gerardo Salcido
    Bauer P.5

    I think that education is very important to be succesful in life. The world is only getting more complex and the competition from other countries and our own is building. The only way we can compete with them is to earn an education and gain skills.

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  12. I believe that President Obama's comments in his speech was right on, especially when he says that an education is the most important thing for the future. This will help America by increasing our human capital, which will help, at least in the future to shift our production possibilities curve to shift to the right, benefiting our economy, and our everyone, because we will have more goods, and thus we will have more money if we trade with other nations. It also benefits the individual, because the more educated that you are, the better jobs you can get, and the more money you can make. So there are two reasons that education is important, number one is that it helps you earn more money, and number two, it helps improve your country's economy.
    Bauer per. 1
    Sloan per. 3

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  13. i think that what Obama said was completly true. i think that having an education is very important. I also think its true that we sould help others. i completly agree that if we did do this not only our community but all others would be a better place.
    monica salazar
    mr.sloan

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  14. Everything President Obama said is true. We have the power to make our future successful. I'm glad he pointed out it is our responsibility to make our future what we want it to be. I think it is good that he relates to many kids on a personal level and isn't shy on saying so. I believe many kids should listen to this speech, despite the length because it is very meaningful and makes people stronger in self confidence.

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  15. Personal responsibility means doing what should be done whether a person wants to or not and doing whatever possible to reach one's goals. It means making sacrifices for the benefits that come later. Education is immensely important, especially in todays society, in order to get anywhere with a career and improve the world.

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  16. katie frogue, sloan P1September 15, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    In my opinion, Obama is right. I believe that education is key to success. Our generation can most certainly start making better decisions and choices that will slowly but surely help ourselves, and future generations.

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  17. First of all, President Obama is an excellent public speaker and this was a great speech that actually kept me interested. His points on the value of hard work and discipline as crucial to success are dead on. Every student needs to put in the effort to succeed. I also agree with his statement that we are all unique. The differences between us should be highlighted and celebrated, not disrespected. Overall, this is a great inspirational speech that has value for everyone in education.
    Caleb Boyd
    Mr. Sloan
    Per. 2

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  18. President Obama's speech was very inspiring as it seemed like he was really talking to us. His awareness and recognition of having great education is awesome because I believe our education in America needs to be shapened up a bit at the public level. We all as students need to basically give everything we got into our education because it is the outcome of it that we will receive.

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  19. President Obama's speech was generally about his life, and how he related to school in the past. He also pointed out that are life is are own, and we are all difrent in are own way. I believe that this topic reaches kids, but is slightly dry and over used. To sum it up, it all sounds the same.

    michael freeman

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  20. education is a big part of life. people now a days are just dropping out left and right. they dont think they can handle it, but there honestly just not trying. what students do in the class room and at home dictates how our would is going to be in the near future. i recomend everyone be the best they can be so we can make our world a better place. so we can be the smartest generation.
    kimberlie hernandez
    sloan
    p.4

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  21. Students need to realize that they truly are the future of this country. Obama is right when it comes to his thoughts on our behalf. It's our responsibility to fully give it our all when it comes to learning and understanding in our environment. Education is a key subject when it comes to life. As someight say, you truly do learn something new each day. Obama's speech clearly made a point, in my opinion. I sincerely believe that if we put our minds to it, we can accomplish a better future for all of us, young and old.

    SloanP/2

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  22. This was actually a very good speech from our president. He pretty much narrowed it down on how to be successful with our lives and how we should be determined in ourselves. He really got to me when he said we are all capable in achieving our goals and succeeding in life. None of us are not capable of doing so. Everyday my dad tells me to work hard and make the effort so I can get a diploma, get a great well-paid job, and make good decisions for myself. President Obama also mentioned about treating others the way you want to be treated. Now that is the golden rule in life because if we don't treat others good, what possibility will you have that those people and others will treat you good? How will you achieve in getting a good job and making goals for yourself if your not going to treat other people good? Treating others the way you want to be treated helps our society flow in a good direction and everybody need to learn that. Never give up during your high school career. If you don't get a diploma, certificate, GED, whatever, from high school, how will you ever find a great job in life? You would pretty much work in a place that gives you less than minimum wage, if lucky, or you go on the streets begging for a home, food, money, etc. Those people didn't try and were lazy and I know for sure that I'm not going to be one of these people. I care about myself and my future and everybody should think the same way too. Get your diploma, go to college if you choose to, get a good job, and live your life to the fullest. High school passes by pretty quick for us teenagers and try to make the best of those 4 years for you, your friends, and especially your family.

    Paul Holston
    Bauer P.5

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  23. Students are the future of this planet. We must realise our responsibly before its too late.

    Victoria Turney
    Bauer 1st

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  24. This is true students need to become responsible and do things for themselves. You cant just get through life just sitting back and not trying and putting in the effort. The effort makes you realize and see who you truly are as yourself in this world. Sloan p.3

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  25. Spencer Pellandini P.1 Mr.Sloan

    School is a critical part of life for everyone today. Students go to school to get an education and to ultimately achieve their dreams for the future. What Obama said in his speech is true: everyone is responsible for their future. In order to be successful in life an education is nessary. We need to get an education and form self-discipline. Anyone can be what they want to be if they apply themselves and work hard in life to acheive their goals.

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  26. School is a crucial thing. If our country doesn't have people with higher education, we can't have a good economy. Obama is very good motivational speaker and i think he is dead on when he talks about how important education is. Our opportunities grow higher when we continue to progress in our education. When we work hard and strive for our goals it becomes posible to achieve them and once again i think Obama is right on when he says how important education is.
    Katey Santillan
    Bauer
    p1

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  27. Being responsible to me is doing things that have to be done and getting them done.Education is very important, the more that you work hard the better future you will have later on in life.Anyone can accomplish anything they want they just need to put their time and effort into it.Students need to take school more seriously and focus on their education.

    -tania hinojosa
    sloan p5

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  28. What I think about this is that that was still during the time that Obama was outrageously popular because of his race and that it wouldn't have been shown to students if he was white, but it still would have if it had been a female president, it was only shown, from what i had seen, by either the teachers that are really into politics enough to watch every one with their class, which i doubt happened in any classes except for government classes; but more so by the teachers that are glad to see a black man in the presidency.

    Mr.Bauer
    Period 2
    9-16-10

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  29. i believe that Barack is very correct and people need to not be lazy and follow this quote that he said "nobody gets to write your destiny, but your life is in your hands, your life is what you make of it and nothing absolutely nothing is beyond your reach, so long as your willing to dream big so long as your willing to work hard so long as your willing to stay focused on your education there is not a single thing that any of your cannot accomplish." you have to put effort into everything and you can't wait around!

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  30. Cierra Gonsalves, Mr.Bauer, Period 2September 16, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Obama is basically saying that the future of the United States is in our hands. How we choose to progress as students and as sucessful adults all depends on our efforts in school. School not only offers necessary learning skills, but also life lessos. By keeping an open mind and a clear conscious, we're able to handle anything that life my throw at us. Weather you want to be a doctor or a teacher, Obama's speech has inspired many to follow their dreams and has related himself to the cause of future education. There is a time and place for everything, throwing away your chance to learn and insprire yourself and others is throwing away your future.

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  31. I think school is very important and if you really do try then you will get good grades and be successful. Kayla Sweet Sloan per 1

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  32. Education is only important if you don't want a sucky job when you grow up. Oh, and also if you want money.

    Sloan Per. 3
    Bauer Per. 4

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  33. Education is an option for some but for most its a need! Because MOSy people rather be smart and have a life rather than being a bum in the streets. Goals get you ahead in life and the determination to reach your goals to become a successer in life.
    -Rene Bonilla
    Bauer 4th

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  34. Margarita Flores per.5 Mr.BauerSeptember 16, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    School is a important of life for everyone today. Students go to school to get an education and to ultimately achieve their dreams for the future. What Obama said in his speech is true: everyone is responsible for their future. In order to be successful in life an education is necessary. We need to get an education. Anyone can be what they want to be if they apply themselves and work hard in life to achieve everyone's goals.

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  35. I agree with Obama's point that the success of a student truely depends on how much work that student does. In real life, practice really does make perfect. The longer you work at something, the better you will be at that skill. I know for myself that even trying to take up sports is quite a challenge at times. I play tennis and I know that compared to the first day I went to a beginning tennis lesson compared to today at my advanced tennis lessons, I would seen as a completely different player. My skill as an athlete came from three years of hard work and dedication to practicing tennis. Obama also made a point that being intelligent does not necessarily put a person a head of everyone else. I find this to be INCREDIBLY true, especially in the school system. I know many people that are a lot smarter than I am, but they have worse grades than I do because they do not do their homework whereas I do. The only way to learn to actually try. In the real world, a person needs to try at their job otherwise they'll risk losing it. The only real way to be successful is through effort. I think President Obama is sending a great message through his series of educational speeches.

    Devin Smith, Mr. Bauer, P.1.

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  36. MIRIAM BEJINES P.5 MR.SLOANSeptember 16, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Yeah i heard about Obama's speech when he was talking about that students should be responsible because we are the future,I dont know why some parents didnt let their children watched his speech because i think it was really important to them to watch but i guess is their choice.

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  37. i agree with obama in the fact that students need to take their education seriously because it not only affects us, but it affects everyone around us. students need to grasp the fact that without an education, they probly won't go very far in life. we need to work hard and practice at what we are learning. and like devin said, practice makes perfect and the longer and harder you work at it, the more you will get out of it.
    ~~brooke fletcher:)
    mr. bauer
    period 2

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  38. I think Education is very important. That's why we all go to school to learn something. so we in the future we can get a better job and earn good mOneY$! It doesn't matter where ever you go to school is important to get that education in life. It's good for everybody that goes to school.
    Sania Bacha
    Mr.Bauer
    Period 3!

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  39. I am happy that he brought up education and how important it is. I like how he said that our destiny is in our hands. we make our own path,and at the end of High School we will follow those life paths that we have made for ourselves. We can onlt try our hardest throught school and be responsible throughout! :)

    Trista Dowdy
    Sloan per.5

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  40. For me as a student it means to try my best so I can succeed in school and make something out of myself. Basically the same thing I've been hearing my WHOLE life. Obama is right school is a responsibility and well its number one priority in my opinion. This goes for everybody from siblings to future children. You definitely need school to make something out of ones self.

    Sloan Period 1

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  41. I think that the speech had somewhat of an impact on the kids of america. Some kids listened and a lot didn't. I think that most kids could care less about what he had to say. I don't think that very many kids did respond to his speech.
    Tori Milligan
    Sloan per.3

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  42. Eh, just another speech trying to push students to do better in school. Not like I've seen that a thousand times before, right?

    Brian S.
    Per. 4 Sloan

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  43. You only get as much out of something as you put in, so if you don't put any effort into your own education you shouldn't expect to succed as much as others who do work hard. Some people do need more motivation to succeed, however, while others are just naturally driven. I think this is a factor that can be easily overlooked. Individual responsibility is a big factor in any part of life, but that can still mean different things to different people. Bauer/Sloan

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  44. Maria Perez
    Sloan
    Period:4
    I believe that every word Obama just said in this video is very well said in the way that it motivates students in any level, being a 1st grader or a 12th grader in becoming someone better in life and to have a greater future. The thing is that one has to know how to apply it to their own life and situation. I do agree with him that each one is responsible for their own future, and to have that future that many desire to have can not come so easily without education. I think that people should make the right decision and keep doing the right thing with the education and not stop until the end. Like Obama said it, that if you quit on your education its not only quiting on yourself its quiting the on the whole country because soon its going to be us out there in the world, and there should be people who know how to give a good example to the ones to follow. I really think that if one wants to be something important in life they should keep up the hard work to get the results you want. Nothing comes easy in this life, it only comes with the effort and then the success will come. One has to at the least try, and keep trying untill one gets the neccesary. If one wants to reach a goal keep trying never say "I can't" because everyone has something there good at, and with that little thing they know how to do and enjoy they can turn it into their career like being a dentist, teacher, or even a president. Nothing in this world is impossible, unless you try.

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  45. i agree with obama, we have the power to succed. succes comes with effort and determination. we determin our futer by the choises we make and havind an education is the key to succes. having an education will open up more oportunities and options that other wise may not be an option. this is why we need to aply houselves and make the best of what we are presented with in any situation.
    Alondra Munoz
    Sloan P.5

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  46. I believe that what Obama said was completely true. Education is the only was we can make a success out of ourselves. With the way things are going now, if you dont have a good education, youre screwed. Its so much easier to take school seriously and finish it now while we have the opportunity.

    Chelsea Ray
    Mr.Sloan p.1

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  47. Education is very impoatant in today's society and without one, it's very hard to find a job that a person could live off of. Personal responsiblity goes with education because to gain the education needed for someone's dream job they must be committed to finishing the education nessary to get the job. It's everyone's personal responsibility to gain the knowledge the need to suceed in whatever they desire.

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  48. education, without a doubt, is the most valuable tool that we, as students, need to succeed in this rapidly changing world. Maybe President Obama needs to motivate the kids who are dropping out at an early age because the United States could be much better if those people graduated and made something of themselves.
    Ruben Rodriguez
    Mr. Bauer
    Per.3

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  49. In his address to students, Obama brought up a point of which I strongly agree with and have been trying to convey to my peers ever since I can remember. One of my biggest frustrations in my life is when, regarding school, if I score well on a test, etc., I have someone tell me that I am "lucky" when in reality, luck has nothing to do with it. It's all about hard work and not about "luck" whatsoever. Unfortunately, as I have grown older it seems that I am relying more on my "luck" than anything. In the past, I used to be one of the most dedicated, hard-working students and have steadily been navigating a down hill slope since my freshman year. As I have experienced a steady drop in my GPA as well, the idea has proved itself to me that it really is hard work that brings upon success and not "luck." I hope that my peers, as well as myself, can find the drive within to be self disciplined and be the most hardworking and therefore successful Americans that Obama wishes us to be as well as what we owe to our own future to be. Generations before us have done their part, now it is our turn to do ours.

    --Sloan
    AP Econ, Period 3

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  50. As said in the video, working hard on education is crucial for the future. It is our responsibility to study, get good grades, and then get into college (if it is what we want to do after high school). I think that for our generation there are more barriers to get into college, but the better we do in school the less barriers we should face. What Obama said is true, but it is nothing new.

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  51. Brian Magina, Sloan P.3September 16, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Without education, it is very difficult to succeed in life. Obama shows in his speech that with education, anything is possible and able to accomplish. With hard work in school now, your future will come easier later. I agree with everything that is said in the speech because I follow it everyday. Although I have gone through my hard times, I still keep strong and work hard now because I know that I will be more successful in the future.

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  52. I think that what Obama said in his speech was correct. It's up to us as individuals to do good in school or decent atleast. It's our responsibility. If we fail, we can't put it on someone else. We need to take charge of our lives and do what we think is neccessary for the lifestyle we want to live.
    -Matt Nolen
    Sloan
    p.1

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  53. An education is the most important value you get in school. You need to put the effort into it, to get good news back.

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  54. I think President Obamamas speech was really great. He said a lot of important things that we should always remember like we can do anything and that our future is in our hands. It is tough sometimes and we have to face challenges and obstacles while at the same time keep pushing ourselfs in school.Education is crucial to our life everything depends on us because to get a good job you have to work hard. Plus your hardwork pays off when you get into the school you want.

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  55. I think that school is very important to everyone to go to school and get a good education because it builds are whole furture teaches us morals and how to be the person we wanna be when we grow up.Without school we would all end up working a bad job getting paid bad and just be unhappy because we arent making the kind of money we want and thats not how we wanted are lifes to turn out.
    Morgan zimmerman
    mr. sloan

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  56. Steven Reichmuth, Bauer, period 2September 16, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    I agree with what Obama is saying for the most part. He is telling this speech for the good cause of trying to keep kids from dropping out of school. Now if he could find a way to lower the costs of college, that would bring some real "change" us students despirately need.

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  57. Barack's speech was genuine and it had good intentions. He is absolutely right about education, our future depends on it and students should be urged to continue their education and excel it.

    Christina Luna
    A.Bauer

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  58. What Obama is saying, is all completely true, I and agree 110%. The people that surround us in school, are the future President, or Secrutary of defense. It's really sad to say, but that scares some older folks. The way you represent yourself in school, is most likely how you'll represent yourself in the future as well. (There are exceptions!) We should take our schooling seriously, we have to learn this information to be able to function properly in society. (Once again, there are exceptions) There are also life lessons that I personally would rather learb in school, instead of at a job, such as deadlines, having to get along and work with people that you may not get along with, and getting places on time, with what you need. We have a right to ask for help, but the responsibility to ask for it (Thats on Bauers wall, I'd like a cracker:)

    Come on guys, lets make our family and country proud! I mean, we are the worl, we are the future(:

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  59. Obama is right in his speech. He sees that we need to work hard now in order to be successful and make something of ourselves later on in life, I'm not sure why we have lost sight of that. It seems like kids have just stopped caring about school. If everyone before us worked hard and didn't even have the luxuries we have now, technology, why should we slack off and not do anything? Make our past generations proud! Stay in school. :)

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  60. i think Obama's speech is very important for students to hear. Students should always try their best in school because they are the future of this country. Students should take education seriously, especially if they want to be successful in life and have money to support themselves.
    Erica Ayala
    Mr. Bauer
    Per. 4

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  61. It's really all up to the student to learn. The best teacher in the world couldn't teach someone that doesn't care. It must be the student's initiative to want to learn and take all possible measures to assure that their learning sticks with them. It is all about personal responsibility.

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  62. President Obama is right in his speech that we should try hard in class and excel in school to get a good education. What he says is basically what we hear most of the times from our parents that we should actually try our best because this is where our futures are decided and we can only achieve greatness if we try and not slack off in school.

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  63. ricky villalpando pr5. sloanSeptember 16, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    well i think that what Obama said is true and that the students should be in charge and that being a student is not all that hard as long as you put a little effort. I also think its good to set a goos example to the younger because they too are the future and their future will be made with the amount and quality of their education.

    ricardo villalpando
    pr5
    sloan

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  64. I think we do all have an obligation to do well in school. Because he is right that we have a duty to our country to work hard. I mean it can only help it won't hurt, knowledge is good to have, along with wisdom. It is a good idea to work and do good in school, even for our future generations.

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  65. Education is very important for all of us; it keeps us competetive with other countries. We as students are responsible for the outcome of our education; we decide if we want to learn or not. Our education will benefit us in the future and it will also benefit posterity.

    Omar Hoyos
    Bauer

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  66. Education is very important we need to catch up with the rest of the world we are falling behind. There are so many students out there who could do a lot better, all of us need to get a good education for our country's sake

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  67. the thing that stood out to me the most was when he said, "we need to be the best vrions of our selves" this goes along with you can do anything you want to if deadication hard work and passion are put in to achieveing it! this was one of the best most insprational speaches i have ever heard!!! and thats saying something something cuz i genrally dont like persient obama, but i agre with everything he said!!

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  68. Education is, like they always say, the future of America. What we learn and prepare for now is how successful and intelligent we will be in the future. This is all preparation to take the place of the great people of our country who will soon no longer be able to function at their peak.

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  69. karissa patwell period 3September 16, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    i think that obama is right in his speech. i agree that students should be responsible for their education because education is the key to success in the future. if we begin to quit on our school work, we are quitting on our country because we are withholding our potential contributions. we need to set an example now for younger students because if they see us succeed they will want to and this will start a trend in succeeding, which will eventually lead to a more educated and better functioning country.

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  70. Tyler Glenn period 3September 16, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Education is the key to success, which is why it is important. I'm with Sam on this one, and unless youre Bill Gates you need to finish college in order to make money and have a good job, and to keep society functioning. Also having an education opens doors to opportunities because you can effectively communicate with your peers.

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  71. Sergio Maldonado, Sloan p.3/ Bauer p.4September 16, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Everyone has their own individual responsibility to do well in school, because good grades and good education allow people to get better jobs. Getting good jobs should act as an incentive for people to do well in school. The reason getting better jobs is important is beacause good jobs have higher incomes and allows people to participate more in the economy and also help expand the nation's economy.

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  72. Education is very important, but i think it takes up to much of a person's live. I think schooling years should be shortened, but taken much more serious.

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  73. I think Obama is right that students should take their education seriously because if they dont they are bringing the whole nation down. We are the future and if we dont have education we reallly dont know what is going on around us and our environment and the world. And if you want to have good jobs and be rich and live life of luxary you have to have education and then you can achieve your goals.

    Jaskiran Kaur
    Mr. Bauer
    Period 2

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  74. Alejandro Ibarra (Mr. Sloan, P.1)September 16, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    I believe obama is right on the speech he gave. The future dependes on us and in order to achieve what we want we must all help each other through hardwork. This is not only helping you becoming what you want but also those who are going through tough times and simply need a hand to get back up. Doing this will better the lives of everyone as well as the country we ar so proud of.

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  75. Obama is correct. Each and every person is responsible for the outcome of their future. People need to take the initiative and apply themselves to school to work towards having a better future. Not taking school seriously not only hurts yourself, but your country as a whole as it declines. Education is important in continuing to help our nation grow.
    kayla smith
    sloan per 2

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  76. Emily Geiszler, Bauer, Period 4September 16, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Education is very important in this day and age. In-N-Out Burger won't even hire someone without a high school diploma. If you don't choose to get a higher education, you could end up in a hard situation later in life. When you are 45 and it comes time for your children to go to college, you want to have money saved up to help them with tuition. If you don't get educated, you probably won't get a very high paying job and won't be able to save much to help them. However, if you choose not to further your education simply because you are lazy, you deserve whatever you get in life.

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  77. President Obama's speech was extremely inspiring. It was the first time I witnessed a president targeting a young audience. It helped me realize that I was about to make important decisions for my country. His points about eduction was dead on. Without educations youth and the nation as a whole would not have to tools needed to make good decisions. Keeping a child home from school in order to avoid a speech about eduction seems overly dramatic to me. How can a nation work together if a child is taught not to listen to their president?
    Gabby Cello
    p.3
    Mr.Sloan

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  78. Everybody is responsible for the future. People need to be accountable for their actions and understand how much of a role they can play in society. It seems especially these days that self-responsibility has been lost.

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  79. well i think Obama's speech was good students should be responsible in school because we r the feature and what we learned and do now its going to reflect in the feature.

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  80. Education is important. It is the future. It is what seems to be the only thing that is able to succeed in hard lives like ours. With education, in my opinion, you gain money. Money is essential.

    Chrissy Vue
    Sloan
    Period 3

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  81. I believe students do need to be responsible with their school attitude because it not only effects our life, but also the country in what jobs we get and how much money we can make. With effort and hardwork, anything can be achieved, you just have to want it enough.

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  82. Responsibility is a valuable characteristic in life . It is good that it is practiced among younger children in elementary school and even better when in high school . Responsibility makes a person dependable and trustworthy of handling jobs such as a business or group projects . It is a trait that will get you somewhere in life and it's great to have a president value the meaning of responsibility .

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  83. Sarah Richter, Bauer, Period 5September 16, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    I think that our education is important and it can impact our future in many ways. For almost any job you will need a high school diploma. I liked how obama took time to speak out to the younger audience. I believe our students could improve alot more in school if we all really tried.

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  84. I believe what Obama says is very true. As an individual our choices now will affect our future on account of we are the future.
    (enriquesalazar per5)

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  85. amanda eckroth
    per.1
    mr.slaon
    yes i believe in what obama is saying.. all students should be good in school becuase with out education then most of the poeple put in the world wouldd be poor or isnt living the life they wanted to live

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  86. Mallory Lemieux Mr Sloan Pd. 4September 17, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    i beleive that what obama is saying is all true. kids need to go to school to get a good education and actually become somebody of importance one day. if you study hard and beleive in your dreams... you can go any where you want in life.

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  87. He is right its the students responsiblity to attend school and up to them to excel in it. Who does the work in school , the student does. Why should this be put on the parents for these students dropping out . Thats just nonsense. The students are in control of "their" future not their parents. jordan elzie per 2 sloan

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  88. When President Obama says that education is the most important part of our future, I believe he is completely correct. Having our future generation be well-educated means a better society for everyone, as well as more opportunities for those directly affected. If students today are not well-educated, we will not be able to move forward as a nation, and all the progress we have made will slowly fall behind, as our citizens fall behind.
    Mr. Sloan
    Period 5

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  89. President Obama's speech is true. When he said that if you scceed in education, you'll succeed in life. We need education to get somewhere in life. It's our choice if we want to succeed in life.

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  90. Education is very important. I agree with president Obama that students need to take their education seriously because, it not only affects the students themselves but, also the country as a whole.

    -Ivan Cardenas
    Mr. Sloan Per. 3

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  91. LourdesGodinez
    Mr.Bauer
    P.2
    I think that Obama's speech was true. Students need to start getting more serious and focused on our education. Our education does affect our country, and in the future we will see how importnat it truly is. I think that students really need a wake up call because many dont really care for school. They should have shown this speech to us at school.

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  92. Ryan thinks that the speeches presidents give tto students can help cause most of them have to go though hard schooling in college and many people are inspred by people in power telling them to so things to get a better education. I think the parents who wanted there kids out during this want there kids to not succed cause they didnt. Ryan only thinks that the students if bush was saying this would get more stupid since bush isnt really bright.But ryan thinks speaches like this are insperational and help overal and get kids to focus on school to get somewhere in life.

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  93. The imposter in the White House made some genuine points regarding the educational prospects of this nation. He did so in an effective way(without a teleprompter) and connected with his audience by reminding students of the essence of a quality education.

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  94. karina ramos mr sloan period 1

    i higly agree with what president obama said in this speech.i believe that us students should be responsible to learn more and bring our lives a better place and make this country a better place.

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  95. School is life training. It is important because it gives you the oppurtunity to be educated and take that advantage into the world and make yourself or the world different. Notice i said it is an opportunity. Whether you choose to do well in school is on you, but it may determine where you'll go in life. It will also affect the government if you were to become part of it. Education is serious, and it's your repsonsibility for how it makes you.
    So agree with Obama.

    Daniel Ruiz
    Sloan
    Govt, Per. 5

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  96. I agree with what Obama said. His points of a good education are true, and we must not do it not only for America, but for ourselves. Obama made a great connection with the audience, while conveying the message. And overall it was a good speech.

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  97. So I agree with Obama*
    No demands intended :\

    Daniel Ruiz (again)
    Sloan Gov, Per.5

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  98. Chad Farris Mr Sloan Per 4September 17, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    I think a speech like about education to young kids by our President is important and everyone should watch with their kids. Education is important for all of us at any age and you are never to old to learn. Getting an education is the main part of going to school, but learning how to deal with all the other parts of life are part of school too. We are all responsible for our education and our goals.

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  99. I liked the part of Obama's speech last year when he said that dropping out is also quitting on your country. When the founding fathers were establishing our government they said that the effective functioning of a democracy depends on citizen virtue and people doing their best, giving their best, and being active participants. This is what the president was encouraging kids to do.

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  100. The president does have a point and everything he said in the speech is true. If us, as kids and teenagers fail to succeed our country will fall apart. We have to try harder in school because its what prepares us for our future.

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  101. I agree with Asher Maroot, you need to be interested in something to be successful in life after high school, the same goes for being in high school. Students do need to be responsible while in high school to do good, but it would be easier if they were interested in what they were learning.

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  102. I believe that everyone should take responsibility in their education. Everyone is smart and has the ability to learn, it's whether you choose to that's the problem. People of today need to step up their game and work harder to get their education. Everyone has the capability to learn, even with learning disabilities! It is your choice to learn, and I believe everyone should make the right choice.

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  103. Ashli Roberts, Bauer P.2September 17, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    I believe President Obama's speech was very true. You control your own future and no one else. Our society is depending on us to help fix up our economy. To have a good future you need to get an education. Without an education it will be hard to go somewhere in life. Businesses are looking to hire people that went to college and have a degree. It's best to stay in school and go to college so you can achieve what you want in life.

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  104. I love that Obama is putting a little bit of pressure of students to take their education into their own hands. He is completely right: times are hard. However, our future is in our own hands, and if we put in the effort and dream big, anything is possible. I think that it is very smart for Obama to encourage the students of this country because someday we will make up the adult population, and we will need to have gained all the information we are learning right now and the year to come. We are all each responsible for our own individual futures, and for the future of our country.

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  105. Alexis Watson Bauer 3September 18, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Everyone says the children are the most important generation, and if they are uneducated then society will soon follow. Without education how can we expand economically, politially or culturally?

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  106. I think President Obamas speech was great. I believe that we do need to stay in school to be educated well and succeed in life. Everyone is responsible for their actions and what they choose to do. If you choose the right path you will be going towards a successful life!

    Melissa Quezada
    Mr. Bauer
    P. 2

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  107. Nathalie Trevino; A. Bauer period1September 18, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    I believe we are so lucky to have free education in this country, although most of us take it for granted. Education should be taken very seriously because we will soon be leading and taking responsibility for whatever happens to this country.

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  108. Bryana Zamarripa Bauer p3September 18, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    i believe that having an education is very important if a person plans on being successful in life. everybody has responsibilities and ccant just play around their whole lives.
    Bryana Zamarripa
    Bauer p3

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  109. School is the microcosm for the entire world.Of course it is important to take responsibility of your life and not rely on others to do what you need to do. The harder you work and succeed in school, the more likely you will work hard and succeed in life. Your life does not begin after high school. What you do now will mirror what you will do later in your life.
    Caleb J. Newman

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  110. School is such an important part of life for everyone. We go to school to get an education and to ultimately achieve our dreams in the future. What Obama said in his speech is true: everyone is responsible for their own future. Education should be taken very seriously because we will soon be leading and taking responsibility for whatever happens to this country.
    Stephanie A
    Mr.Sloan
    Per.4

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  111. This was a great speech. I felt really inspired instead of lost or bored. I agree with obama. Education is really important and should be valued as so. Everyone is different and has different talents they should hardnest and share with others.
    Brenda Anguiano
    Mr. Bauer P4

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  112. President Obama's speech is very inspirational to me, and many other students just like me. His message to all young people out ther K-12 is that our future depends on our education. The way you and your family will live in the future depends on you education. If you strive to the top and educate yourself your country as a whole will become a better one. Your siblings will see you as a role model, and will strive for their education.

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  113. Obama's speech was very strong to everyone in K-12. It's up to us to keep this nation still strong and also it's up to us to make this nationg better. we have the responsibility to learn, for later on in life give back to your country everything that it gave you.
    Jonathan Ramos
    Mr.Bauer
    Per.2

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  114. viridiana ramirez mr bauer period 2September 20, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    i say our president obama is right and us the students need to learn and know about education. we need to have a responsibility to learn for our own god to become someone in this world dont you think it will help us for later on in our own future. also the way we will live in the future thats h0w it will be on our own family and if we have our own family to think right and do what president says because he is interested in our education

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  115. Kevin Krivda, Bauer P1
    I am the son of two republicans and am also a republican myself (The party of Lincoln). Therefore, i am in no agreement of President Obama or any democrat. Go Fox News. I dont need someone to tell me to stay in school and get good grades. Dont be socialist Mr. President

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  116. i think we do need a education to be successfull in life and make the world a better place. people that are not smart and do not do the rite things are a burdon to the world. usually those are the people that have alot of children and they are on welfare.

    Chris Long, Mr. Bauer, P.3

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  117. Students all across the nation need to realize that they are truly the future of our nation. If they don't take their education seriously our as a nation will not be as bright. The students need to realize that they have the potential to greatly influence the future and it all starts with their education.
    fran
    Bauer

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  118. Bauer 4th

    I remeber last year in my history class watching a speech that sopunded very simmuler to this one. i still belive the same thing that students should be picking themself up and working hard ofr their future. i belive parents should follow this as an example to and try to work harder in the real world then sitting on there butts collecting goverment money.

    jacob farrar

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  119. In my opinion if a school were to have a big drug and weapon problem then they should have checks because this could be harmful to students and teachers. Also with the random car checks I don’t think that should really be necessary unless they are able to get a warrant or the students parent permission.
    Aniscia Silva. Sloan. Per 5.

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  120. In order to be successful in todays society, we must take our education seriously. We must work hard to achieve goals.
    amanda hommond
    mr.sloan per 1

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  121. Students should care about school because this will greatly effect them in the future. This also helps the entire country if you learn more in school. A smarter person has more to offer to his or her country and can potentially have a great effect on our country.

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  122. Justin Tyler, Bauer, p.3September 23, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Obama said in his speech is true: everyone is responsible for their own future. Without proper education however your options are very limited and teens and young adults must realize that they are the future adults and the choices they make in school reflect on America. You shall aslo work hard to achieve your goals.

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  123. School an education is very important for kids and teens even adults its better to make sure students and citizens learn a lot in school because later on when your out in the world you will be able to get a job you like instead of being clueless and not knowing what to do and it also helps you with college.
    Aniscia Silva. Sloan. Per 5.

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  124. My opinion is that the President made a very good example and chose the right words for this speech, his conclusion made perfect sense and I agreed with it.

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  125. I think he was right to encourage the students to do better in school because we are the future of the united stats and like all Americans he want the best for his counrty

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  126. school is pretty much all about the student, and there responsibility. they have the choice to do work, to get goood grades, to study. not anyone else. if only parents understood that. id be easier for some people dont you think? if students get them selves together, they can succed

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  127. Vicente Chavez
    Sloan per 5th
    I remember this well in the speech that obama just gave in this video is important and is tru because each student has the abilitity to learn and to be what they want in life. Yes i agree that it is everyones responsibility to do what they got to do to become succesfull in school.

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  128. I remember listening to this last year in class..Obama is totally right in his speech. Students are completely responsible for their own education and they know that they need to do whatever is necessary to be successful in life and their future,..

    Danielle Barros
    Sloan p.4

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  129. enrique salazar sloanper5December 15, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    I believe everything obama said was true and teenagers should take school more serious because they are only affecting themselves

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