Tuesday, January 25, 2011

State of the Union: Jobs and America (Post #6)

As your years of mandatory schooling soon comes to an end, you will all be faced with the task of finding work and surviving in the economy.  Some of you will attend college first, but that will only delay the inevitable.  Your future doesn't just depend on what you do, but it depends on others as we are all interdependent in the economy.  Watch the video of the President's speech (about 4 minutes), listen carefully, and address the questions below. 

Do you agree with his view on American jobs past, present, and future? Are you as optimistic for the country as he is (short term, long term)? Will we continue to lead or be passed up by nations like China?
Are you optimistic for yourself? Has your education prepared you for the world? Will it when you have finished? What will your role in the economy be?
What will it take on the part of citizens (not the government) to improve America's economic future? What can the government to do help?

Post your responses by Friday.

98 comments:

  1. FOIST. moist.
    America was and is one of, if not the greatest nations in the world. However, it has become too spoiled and relaxed, and does not focus on its priorities. Countries like China are just dying to get the chance to be more powerful than America, and they are steadily pushing forward to that goal while we slack off.
    I dont think my education is enough to get me a job over an education from elsewhere in the world... not just because I'm a bad student, but because the education in America seems to be dumbing down consistently. I believe it is only a matter of time before America is no longer a super-power, and our education will be minuscule in comparison to that of other countries.

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  2. i do agree with the president, china is by far becoming a greater country than we are. like obama said, "china is educating their children earlier and longer in math and science." this is very smart for china to do and i do not know why we are not doing the same. soon china will be the number 1 world power if we keep up what were doing now. education is the key.

    bauer, p.3

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  3. Jacqueline OlympiusJanuary 26, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    To begin with, I do indeed agree with the President's views regarding the job hunt in the past, present, and future. As I have discussed with my Nana about jobs in the past, what he said was exactly what she said: it used to be much more easier to acquire job without having a degree first. But like the President stated, as times change, we too have/have had to change and so we we're able to arrive where we are now, with the "largest most prosperous economy in the world" even in the recent hard times. Regardless of this fact that we're still succeeding in the present, I agree that such changes as to "out-innovate, out-educate and out-build" must occur to keep us up to par for the future. I am more long term optimistic than short term optimistic since it will not happen overnight that we will achieve these three things. Possibly we may indeed be passed up by nations like China until then, yes. In regards to myself, I have yet to understand what my role in the economy will be, but I believe when I am finished with all of my schooling, I will know the answer and therefore be prepared "for the world." In regards to American's citizens, it will mostly be on us to perform the actual acts to get us out of this rut yet the government can guide us in exactly what we should be doing such as influencing more of us to go into the study of the sciences by offering scholarships or whatever other incentive.

    --Sloan
    AP Econ, Period 3

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  4. Maria Schmidt, Bauer, Per 5January 26, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    I definitely agree that a lot of jobs in the past didn't require a degree. President Obama is right in that times are different now. As new technology comes out and jobs change, the jobs are going to require workers who have studied and have been trained to do these jobs. Continuing our education is very important because as far as I am concerned, I do not believe we are "prepared for the world". After college I can only hope that I will be prepared to take on the world and be successful.

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  5. President Obama's speech really does encourage me, and it should to everyone in America who watched it. I am in agreement with his view on jobs in America, as he doesn't sugar coat it but tells the truth. It can only make an individual listen and then tell themselves that 'this is reality, lets work hard and get better.' Just like any other nation in the world, America has overcome what seemed to be impossible in the past decades. Optimism is our only hope to a better economy. It can spark and fuel ideas which lead to, ultimately, a much better economy and more educated people who work not only for themselves but for the good of society and America. At this point in my life, I can say that I am optimistic. Things like college and jobs look interesting and fun and I am willing to work hard to get to my destination. The citizens of America simply need to want to compete, and not just have things handed to them with ease. If that is accomplished, countries like China will have to move out of the way for America's explosive economy.

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  6. I agree with president Obama that times are different now and that more skill and education is required in the jobs tha we have now in the future. I dont beilieve that education alone can prepare someone for the future but experience in the world and in that career is also required to better yourself. I am willing to work hard to have a better future for myself because getting a job today isnt as easy as it was back in the day when not much skill and education was required.

    Clarisa Carrillo
    Per.4
    Sloan

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  7. Asher Maroot- Sloan P,1January 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    It is true that many things have changed over the years. an education after high school is becoming more in demand. if there were two people applying for one position, and one of the applicants had a hs degree while the other had a college degree, who would be most likely to get the job? i dont have to worry about education after hs because i already have a job locked away in the marine corps

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  8. I do believe that America should be educated so people could have better jobs. A lot of people don't have jobs because they are not educated. Although many people don't have jobs because of the economy. So unless the economy gets better then I don't think that the unemployment rate would change even if people were educated.
    Tori Milligan
    Sloan per.3

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  9. Joeliane M, Sloan, p.5

    There is truth behind obamas words. We as a nation have come far and for it we have prospered way beyond many others. And yes we have lossed many jobs in our nation and built many new establishments, blah blah blah. But honestly how do we get optomistic about a world that will come to ruin by the many kids the adults are hoping have learned well and are still learning. Now, im not saying we coudnt make this country better, im just saying im a bit concerned. So many of the teens I have personally seen seem to not care about their futures. They live in the past and the present. The future is like the fog of a cold morning. They dont care that its there. Sure its effecting their life, but all they have to do is make it out into the society the adults have provided for them and later in the day go home again. HOnestly the educational standard for student is great. But it isnt what they choose to teach us. Its how we choose to accept what they teach. And throuh the actions and words of some of my fellow classmates we dont really seem to care if it really will effect us at all.

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  10. Veronica Andrade, Bauer, Period 5January 26, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    I agree with him. It used to be really easy to get a job but the economy has changed and employers expect more from the employee. A good paying job most of the time requires a degree so students in school should try harder and try to go to college. Not all of us do though and that's why china has so many honor students. They started learning at an earlier age and focus more on subjects that matter the most like science and math. If students keep quiting school or decide not to continue and go to college we might be in trouble.

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  11. Maria Perez
    Sloan P.4
    I believe that education has a lot to do with the accomplishment of getting a job. If someone is not educated, then the search for a job will be much harder, but, the economy also affects the search for a jobs because some businesses do not have enogh for paying their emplyees. Still even though the economy may affect jobs, everyone should be educated and be prepared for everything, and to get a good job.

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  12. I agree with Obama's view of the past, present, and future. I remain optomistic and that we we remain the lading nation as long as every citizen does his or her responsibility by educating themselves and going to work. I myself am optomistic about my future as long as i go to college and earn a good education to prepare me for work out in the real world. As long as each citizen does there share of labor and take care of their responsibilities the nation will prosper more in the future.

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  13. I agree with president Obama, education has become the most important step in order to be succesful. people are now compeating for jobs and the more educationn you have the bigger the chance of you getting that job.
    monica salazar
    mr. sloan

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  14. I agree with Obama and i think the U.S. will stay the leading nation. I think as long as i go to college and get a degree i will be prepared to find a career. As long as everybody tries to find work the economy will get better.

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  15. Creating jobs would be nice, but I don't really care either way about what the President thinks. What happens happens. I'm not very much of an optimist. And in the case of China passing us as the "world power", it happens. It's not like America is going to stay the best country forever. It's probably better anyways so Americans can get off their high horse and work a little harder. And I don't know what the citizens will have to do to fix the economy. Just let time pass, it'll fix itself.

    Brian S.
    Per. 4 Sloan

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  16. Josh Agans, Bauer P.5January 26, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    i am very optimistic about our country in the long run. i think we will continue to lead all the other nations as long as everyone keeps going to college and working for a good career. im optimistic about my future as well. i think my education has definately prepared me for the world. i do plan on attending college though to expand my knowledge more. besides now a days you need a college degree in order to get a well paying job. if our society keeps attending college and not quit when things get tough i think our economy will be fine.

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  17. I am not optimistic of America's future. Americans have little drive to become better. Many are happy with their parents lives and don't want to work for anything better. We will be passed up by some nations. America sits content with little ambition.

    For all I know I may move to another country.
    Caleb Newman

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  18. Danielle Smith, Sloan P1January 26, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    I actually agree with Obama, that's a first. He is right about the importance of education. It's much harder to get a job now than it used to be. Technology made work out of high school (factories, etc.) much harder to come across. "...but this shouldn't discourage us; it should challenge us." I must say, I'm discouraged, not challenged. So, I guess I'm not as optimistic as he is. Shocker. I think China will pass us by with time. My education thus far is not sufficient enough to get me a promising career I don't think. There are those people who go out and start their business out of high school and get rich, but that's not me. I'll go to college and go from there. After that, a stable career is much more attainable. I'm not too sure what citizens could do to improve the economy, considering the people are the ones who can't find work. The government has work and it's their job to represent and take care of society. They'll figure something out...eventually.

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  19. “Do you agree with his view on American jobs past, present, and future?”
    Yes, the world has changed drastically in the last hundred years, things change, and so we must adapt to change and make the best of the world we live in.
    “Are you as optimistic for the country as he is (short term, long term)?”
    Everything in the world happens in cycles, the switching of the magnetic poles, global warming/cooling, the economy, ect. if nothing detrimental happens, I believe the economy will heal itself.
    “Will we continue to lead or be passed up by nations like China?”
    We will continue to lead because America WAS built on the ideal of freedom. China just mass produces goods at a low price by manipulating their currency value, in truth, America is superior.
    “Has your education prepared you for the world?”
    No, my parents helped prepare me, and my interest in my future career helped prepare me.
    “Are you optimistic for yourself?”
    Most deffinately.
    “What will your role in the economy be?”
    I will be making people healthier so they do not need to rely on special foods, diet programs, gyms, machines, ect. When those industries lose money, the people will most likely put it towards things that make the economy circulate more productively. I don’t know much about the microeconomic effects, but I’m sure I can contribute fairly well.
    “What will it take on the part of citizens (not the government) to improve America's economic future?”
    Less apathy, less laziness, more passion, and more effort. If we sit back and watch the world burn, it will burn, people need to care more about each other and stop being so self centered and living in their own worlds, people need to just CARE about each other and conditions in our lives would improve dramatically.
    “What can the government to do help?”
    The government can put a lot of petty conflicts aside and work towards the greater good, something that always bothered me about the government, when FDR started his new deal programs and we SAW the positive change in the economy and the attitudes of the people, why was he attacked? Why were his policies criticized and deemed ineffective when they obviously worked. Politicians need to work TOGETHER to solve this problem. Yes, politics will always exist, but start caring about the bigger picture instead of just yourself, care about others.

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  20. EJ Keller
    Per.4
    Sloan
    I agree that china is becoming more powerful than the U.S. and they have more leverage on the U.S. because china is our main trade.

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  21. i dont really agree with obama. yeah, he does make some good points. but he only talks about the positive things. he never mentioned the people who dont care about life. the ones who could help them selves, but jus have no erge to. or even the people who cant aford schooling, or even just being able to aford gas money to go get a job. these are the problems we need to solve. o the u.s will stay at the top.
    kim hernandez
    sloan
    p.4

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  22. I agree with Obama. He's trying to make America see that competetition is getting better, so we must too. We need to get back in the game! My education is decent enough to get me through, and i'm sure it's the same for a good number.
    When everyone goes for the right job, we'll be fine. Fa sho.

    Daniel Ruiz
    Sloan Per.5

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  23. I agree with President Obama, the past times were much easier, but that is a little incouragement for me to go to college and do the best I can so I can have a nice life.

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  24. Omar Savala Mr. Bauer 5thJanuary 26, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    I do agree with the President because most jobs in the United State require a degree in education therfore children should be taught a good education to succeed and get a well payed job.

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  25. I agree with the president 100% about the jobs in the past, present, and future. other nations are ahead of us when it comes to jobs and the education needed for jobs. I believe that education should be taken more seriously, to perform good in the past is to perform good in the future.

    Sloan
    per.5

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  26. opppssss ^^^ Trista Dowdy

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  27. kayla rodriguez sloan5January 26, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    its really unfortunate how bad off our economy is. this speech that obama give is actually very moving. i agree that lots of jobs in the past didn't exactly require a degree but times are different now. there is a demand for jobs considering the technology nowadays. we should all work hard and benefit our country as a whole. afterall we are responsible.

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  28. Haley Collins (Sloan Period One)January 26, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    So being an optomist about the economy right now is all we can really do. Yeah other countries are surpassing us greatly in technology, but what are we to do when technology takes over completely? I honestly feel as if the world as a whole has lost it's *UMPH* people are so dependant now on their fancy IPads and Iphones and Blackberries when in actuality all this will lead to our demise in the long run. We do have an OZONE layer, and I feel as if people do not care, and also... Google is coming out with a car that drives you... what can that possibly do? What if it drives you off a cliff into an ocean because of a malfunction? We really need to expand our job force and figure out new jobs for America... Obama keeps talking about this "Change" yet have we seen a great increase? I think not...

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  29. I am not as optimistic as President Obama is about the state of the economy, but I have hope for it. Obama proposed several spending cuts that will be a good start. In order to improve our economy, we need to focus on the long run which I believe Obama is focusing on. The amount of education a person goes through affects how much easier it is to get a job. For example, working at fast food places where high schoolers are qualified to work is more difficult to be hired at because SO many people are trying to work there. A job as a doctor might have more opening once a person goes through all the education necessary. In the long run, it is more beneficial for someone to go through a longer amount of education to be able to get a set career.

    Devin Smith, Mr. Bauer, P.1.

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  30. I agree with Obama's view on jobs. I am optimistic that the U.S. will continue to lead other countries. One difference is that students in the U.S. do not go to school for such long periods of time as countries like China. In order to improve our economic future, students need to work harder in school, but for the same amount of time, so that we can compete for jobs that require more education. The government can play a part by requiring more of the students in terms of math and science classes. I hope that I will be prepared for the world when I am done with college.

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  31. Kyle Maples - Bauer Period 1January 26, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    I am certain that China will overcome the United States in less than 25 years. It's just a fact that can not be ignored. They have one billion more people than America in the 2010 census. They will overcome the United States thats just a fact. I am looking forward to going into the work force and hopefully working between Europe and The United States. I think this minimal amount of education is a good start but college will be more fulfilling for myself. I really can not tell the government what to do. Im sure they will find a good way to help.

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  32. I do agree with Obama about taking more of a priority in assisting our countries education. Now more than ever people are being asked to become more qualified in there job field and the only way to be successful in the world these days is to go to college and pursue a higher education.

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  33. I do agree with his view on American jobs past, present, and future, but I am not as optimistic for the country as he is. I think that we are going to be surpassed by nations like China because viewing America today, I see America as being a lazy nation. I am not necessarily optimistic for myself because I know it's going to be hard to get where I want. My education prepared has prepared me only a little, but I think it will when I am finished. I'm not too sure on my role in the economy yet. The economy cannot be good unless it is bad.

    Chrissy Vue
    Sloan
    Period 3

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  34. if america doesn't start to change things i think it is possible that other countries will surpass us and become the new super power. I also think that since more jobs these days require degrees i think the government should lower the cost of college so more people can go. Sloan per 1

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  35. i agree with the president in the fact that things have changed from the past involving job requirements. back then not as many jobs required a degree, while today the majority of jobs do. im confident that my education will further my ability in getting a job and that it will have a major impact on how i do at the job.
    ~~brooke fletcher:)
    mr. bauer
    period 2

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  36. I agree with Obama's view of the past, present, and future.I like how hes thinking about future jobs and education. As he's done several times before he greatly emphasizes the importance of education as what a country needs to prosper.

    -Ivan Cardenas
    Mr. Sloan Per. 3

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  37. I believe that china will lead the world down the road because of how serious they are with there education. To be honest I think highschool tries to make you as educated as possible, but it is up to the student to decide how prepared he/she will be for the future.

    Victor Alvarez
    Sloan
    5

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  38. I do agree with his view on American jobs mainly because it sounds accurate and that's what has actually happened and what could happen. I think we will be passed up by nations such as china because right after high school, not even then people stop attending school. I do think that the education i received while in school did prepare me for the world, fully i don't think so but i do think it got me at least half ways. I do think it will when i have finished college because there i learn what i need to learn in the career im going for. What it will take for the citizens to is attend college after high school. And what the government can do to help is lower the cost for people to be able to attend so they can learn more and expand our opportunities out in the work force.

    adilene vazquez
    sloan period 1

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  39. I do agree with him on his optimistic views. Other countries can pass us up, seeing as society is advancing greatly. I don't feel that my education has completely prepared me for what's coming, but I know I'll adapt.

    Guadalupe Velasquez
    Sloan, Period 1

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  40. What Obama said is true. Time has changed. Jobs that didn't require degrees now required them. Those that had required degrees now expect much more. Because of this I know i won't get a job unless I go to college first. I believe that there is a bright future ahead of us, but we as a nation still have a long way to go. At this point there are still people who havn't been able to adapt to the new technology, and what knows what new things are to come. If america doesn't take action right now it will fall behind china as the leading economy of the world.

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  41. I agree with the president. Education is prime to a successful career which is why many unemployed adults are going back to school to further their degree to find better jobs. It is hard for many to even find jobs so us young adults will most likely not have a chance at getting a job until after college. China's main focus is education which is why they play smart and are going to lead in the economy. We know this is most likely to happen so America needs to step up and take action.

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  42. Zachery Atkins
    Mr. Bauer
    American government
    1-27-2011

    I agree with Mister presidents views on American jobs on our past and future goals only. HE does not seem to know what our nation is really doing right now, everyone knows what we did in the past, and his future goals sound very good in my mind. I am not as optimistic as Obama may seem to be; but i believe he is only putting on a show for those who watch and he may not really be quite as optimistic as would may think. I think we will be passed by other nations if we do not pull our heads out of our rear ends.I am very optimistic for myself. My education has prepared me for the "real world". My tentative role in the economy will be to have a job in the military and help stimulate the economy by buying a house; along with other necessities like food that will give the local government money from sales tax. It is up to the people and the government to bring back the economy. The people need to hit the job market hard and the government can help by bringing out more jobs.

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  43. I believe education is a big deal and is a way to get success in life. It helps you to pursue your career. It can be very hard for people to find hobs when they do not have the proper education.

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  44. I THINK THAT WE CAN LEARN FROM CHINA.WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT OUR FUTURE AND HOW WE CAN CONTRIBUTE. MANY JOBS DO NOT ACCEPT HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION OR A GED. EDUCATION IS THE NUMBER ONE FACTOR TO SUCCESS. FOR EXAMPLE, CUBA. CUBA HAS A LOT OF TEACHERS AND DOCTORS AND A LESS PERCENTAGE OF ILLITERATES. WE ALL SHOULD CONTINUE OUR EDUCATION AND GET TRAINED A VARIETY OF SKILLS. I THINK THAT THE GOVT. NEEDS TO PURSUADE THE CITIZENS TO GET A BETTER EDUCATION AND OFFER MONEY FOR SCHOOL TO ALL.

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  45. Cierra Gonsalves, Mr. Bauer, Period 2January 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Yes, i do agree with Obama's views on American Jobs in the past, present, and future because things change and its up to the American people to come up with new ways to cope and adapt. I am optimistic for the country because as stated before, we are strong and defined, we've proven ourselves in getting out of even some of the toughest of times. I believe that the United States will continue to take the lead when it comes to other nations because no other county is as diverse, no other country has so many creative minds, and no other country has such great opportunity.

    I am optimistic for myself because I feel as if my education, as well as my life experiences have prepared me for the good and bad, allowing me to think before I act and speak when it comes to advancing into the future. I feel as if I'm able to apply myself in more efficient ways and can handle any obsticle thrown my way. I plan on going to college to become an architect and with the knowledge I've gained i'd be able to design and construct needed buildings, which would greatly effect my role in the economy because I'd be able to work with given materials and use logic to work around difficulties, even something as big as getting a job nowadays.

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  46. Ii do not believe the United States will continue to lead, we are being passed up by other nations who have decided to place more of an importance of learning and education for the future of their country. i think that i am well prepared for the future but that in general our country is not as prepared s others or will soon not be. There needs to be more motivation by the citizens to keep up with the world. Sloan p.3

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  47. Education is very important, and I don't think that America is currently excelling in its public education. My experience has been that most teachers expect very little from their students in behavior, effort, and performance. My views have been confirmed by visiting foreign exchange students who are generally surprised by the lack of discipline at Galt High in regards to both academics and conduct. If we are to remain a dominant world power, we need to stop settling for mediocrity and strive for excellence.

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  48. It seems like Obama just stated a lot of the obvious without really saying anything new or constructive. He did try to encourage people by saying that the U.S. is still the largest and most prosperous economy in the world, which some people may have forgotten, but he didn't really offer up many solutions. The speech may be affective for some people to encourage them to persevere, but it didn't do much for me as far as solving the economic crisis goes. Bauer/Sloan

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  49. ricardo villalpandoJanuary 27, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Yes i agree with Obama and his speech how things have changed and we have changed along with it now its better to have a higher education if you want the job you seek. I think that if the government were to give big opportunities to people to get a higher education that they would want to do better because the education you have the higher the chances there are of getting a job.

    ricardo villalpando
    pr5 sloan

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  50. Gary Vasquez
    Mr. Bauer per. 3
    Well today's age is all about technology and we all rely on it to become more advanced in our daily lives. Mr. President commented on new ideas on how to conserve our plant earth. Such as a million electric cars by 2015... we all shall see... In any case America is like a bee addicted to pollen. America needs oil to thrive and it is highly dependable on it. In this case this change is good. Along with the remodeling of the education system. It needs some much need help so America can stay number one.

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  51. Spencer PellandiniJanuary 27, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    I believe times are different and it is important to get an education. China will eventually pull ahead of the US because we are shipping all of our own work over to them, we will become dependent on them. Obama can say all of this stuff but what does he say to do about any of it.
    Spencer Pellandini
    Sloan
    P.1

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  52. That's simple American education is about improving the statistics so everything looks good on paper and charts; that way the president has stats to show his voters. Now for the rest of the world they actually apply their knowledge and learning, oh and in China I'm sure those kids didn't have to take out $40,000 loans so they could get a bachelors.

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  53. I think china has already passed us up economy wise, and other nations might do the same but are actions determine if we keep the paste up.

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  54. I am optimistic for this country as long as the right people are in power. We will face hardships but America can surpass them. Schooling has prepared me for my future and I plan on joining the military right after high school so I will have a job.

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  55. The U.S. is slacking and i think America's status as the leading nation will not remain for long. So far, my education is not enough for the highly competetive world; i hope that by continuing with my education, i will find myself better prepared. To improve our economic future people have to try harder in school.

    Omar Hoyos

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  56. China probably will pass the U.S. up in terms of production and GDP and whatever in the next 10 or 20 years. However, I would still rather live in the U.S. than in China. Many people in the United States value entertainment and leisure rather than "progress" and "efficiency" and all those communist propoganda goals. Basically, even after China passes up the U.S. as the world super power, this will still be one of the best countries in the world to live in. I am optimistic for my future and I believe that with a college education I can easily land a job within the United States that will pay well and allow me to live a content, fulfilling life.
    Caleb Boyd
    Mr. Sloan
    Per 2

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  57. I don't agree with Obama completly about the jobs in the past, because he seemed to idealize the job opportunities. Also i am not as optomistic about the country in the long or short term. I think as long as the US fulfills its potential and doesn't slack off. I'm optomistic about my future, but i'm not sure if my education has prepared me for the real world because i haven't tested my skills yet.

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  58. Abe Madrigal per 1January 27, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    I agree with the president Obama. China is becoming a better and greater county than the U.S. I believe that my education has not yet prepared me for the world in general.Maybe we should just start following china's footsteps so we could have a better future for our country and for our economy as well. I think for getting a better and higher education would improve the economic future and the government could help by loading more money for the students that want to continue their education.

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  59. Emily Geiszler, BauerJanuary 27, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    I agree with Obama about the American job situation over the years. I also believe that it is only a matter of time before China surpasses our country by far. They are so dedicated to working and getting ahead that no one takes the time to relax. You hear about kids being in school for hours and hours and hours everyday and their discipline but where is their fun. I am cautiously optimistic about about the future of the country. My future however, I am very confident in. I feel that I have recieved an education to get me where I need to be. Furthering my education will only expand my options and prepare me for things to come.

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  60. Alejanndro Ibarra ( Mr. Sloan P.1)January 27, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    I believe that obama is right and the we should all still be optimistic. Besides it all depends on us if we get a good education like everyone in china we can have the same oppurtunities as before.

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  61. The imposter in the White House is destroying this country. In the first nineteen months of his presidency, he's added more to the national debt than all presidents have from Washington to Reagan. China, as a result, will surpass the United States economically, militarily, and technologically in the imminent future. This country will not survive with this incompetent, sophomoric community organizer as president.

    How can this country maintain its economic leadership in the world? Impose tariffs on all Chinese goods, cut government spending, and eliminate entitlements. End the war in Afghanistan, and bring back jobs to this country.

    Why isn't Obama focused on resolving our economic woes? He's either genuinely idiotic, or he wants to cripple this country so that he can impose socialism.(Sloan P.3/Bauer P.4)

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  62. Sergio Maldonado, Sloan p.3/ Bauer p.4January 27, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    If Obama actually achieves some of his goals regarding making America better, then maybe people should be optimistic in the long run. People can not expect anything short term because Obama states only long term goals. Whether China passes America, or whether America continues to lead can not be certain because anything could happen at this point.

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  63. Steven Reichmuth, Bauer, period 2January 27, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    China and India ahead of us in technology? What a joke. What their ahead of us in is population...aproaching 3 billion when combined. Their education system is not ahead of ours by a long shot, we would have a high score too if we only counted our top grading percentage of students. What those idiots over there have that we don't is modern slave labor. Over there people work in factories for the equivilent of a dollar a day. That's were all our jobs are going to, the rabbit like breeders accross the pond. The problem is our American based companies are manufacturing products over there, then sending it over here so we can go to places like Walmart on weekends and buy cheap plastic garbage from China that's going to get thrown into a land fill next month. But hey, what's there to do? The great leaders in charge have racked up a huge credit card debt to the lender named China.

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  64. The US's status will get worse over time, but to be honest it really doesn't matter to me. Yes economically we are not going to be as we used to, but just as long as I am able to get my education and get a well paying job I would much rather live here in the US than in China. Other nations will surpass us in rank but their style of living will never compare to ours.

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  65. yes i agree with obamas views of jobs things are changeing but we could make it better.I think we might be able to lead if this is taken serious,like china takes education and technology serious.My education has taught me alot and i think i will be ready for life after high school.Education is very important you work hard in life you get farther and to better places.

    tania hinojosa
    sloan p5

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  66. yes i agree with his past present and future. i think that there will be thing that other countries will pass us on but we will be passing them as well. i do think that my education will help me with the real world. people just really have to stick togethher and think of ways to keep our economy strong.
    erika oropeza
    sloan
    p.4

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  67. I think there’s always going to be room for economic growth so yes I am optimistic for our country to get back on track. We’re just in a slump and if everyone works together we can prosper. With expansion there's peaks, and the result after awhile are a trough. With every economy growing there will be bad times but we'll recover. People just need to not give up and keep spending to get the money flowing again through our economy, keep looking for jobs no matter how hopeless it may seem, or at least try to go to school.

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  68. other countries seem to have the schooling and work system down. We are a very lazy country. If the change from manufacturing to industrial market didnt help you see that. I would much rather go to school in germany, learn more. i have no optimism for this country. i see more and more unemployed and homeless every day....
    Samantha white
    sloan per 5

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  69. I believe that american is a great country and we are ahead of the game in pretty much everything. everything is do is quality unlike the chinese so i hope they dont pass us soon because that would suck.. we probably need to get more ahead on education but thats the choice of us stepping it up.

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  70. faye roberson, bauer, period5January 28, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Te job market has changed dramaticly and, the future is expected to put newer and better technology out. I dont believe that enough students in the world has what it takes to keep up with better things. Yes obama said we have h=the best schools but it doesnt always mean our new generation has what it takes to use those recourses to thier full potenyial. so yes we dop need to stepit up and study more and focus on making america smarter.

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  71. well i think that if America doent get their act together then yes we could or will be passed up by china. i do believe that it lies in the hands of the children and their education, because they really are our futur. i think that just daily life things have prepared me more for the world than my schooling has. on the citizens part to fix America we need to work harder and use more effort when learning. the more education that is aquired the better jobs we will have and the better the economy will become.

    steffanie eisenga
    per.5
    sloan

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  72. well i agree with Obama that a lot has change and with we have also and in order to keep up with the changes we must learn more there for I think that there should be higher opportunities for collage

    richard manzo
    pr5 sloan

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  73. Janeiry Balderas, period 4, Mr.SloanJanuary 28, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Personally i believe that our nation does need to improve the educational system. As the president said about how to improve the college rate in our nation it all must do with the education that we receive from our educational instructors. I believe though that we need to create a system of teaching that allows teachers and students work together, as we can see the system we have now does not seem to be working well. There needs to be changes and to move on and not get 'left' behind by other countries we must all (students and teachers) become in sync to be able to create long life learners out of the future generations.

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  74. I agree with Obama's point of view. The world has changed in the way that now you need an education to actually get a good job. This shows that education is very important, and you need it in order to get the lifestyle you want.

    Melissa Quezada
    Mr. Bauer
    P.2

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  75. I agree with President Obama, the United States has been slacking it when it comes to education. I've seen so many kids drop out of high school, and it's just not acceptable. China does force their youth to attend school for more hours, and to take more classes in math and science. The children of the United States are out future, and we should be teaching them the best, and nothing short of it.

    Stephanie Romero
    Bauer
    Period 3

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  76. I agree with president Obama that the United States is really slacking in education, and it seems like pretty soon china will be far ahead of us. We need to try to get an higher education to become something good in life and too show our country and others that we are together as one strong nation. In my opinion education should be the top proirity in our nation.

    Jaskiran Kaur
    Mr. Bauer
    Government
    Period 2

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  77. I agree with Obama that education is very important in life. The more education you have the more successful you will be and the country will benefit from that. I'm optimistic and I hope that the future will be better and our economy and government will be too. It would be nice if we all put our best effort into making our country better.
    Erica Ayala, Bauer, Per. 4

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  78. I think is good that Obama is putting education first and I completely agree with him. If the economy and America are going to get better and stay ahead of China, we need to smarten up the citizens. I think we should go as far as making it illegal to drop out of high school. in the long run in will be a huge push in the right direction for America.
    Mr. Sloan
    Period 5

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  79. I think that if we take our factories out of foreign countries and use more labor in the USA then our economy might be able to grow larger because we would cycle the money back and forth within our country and help ourselves. I believe that by education will help me a lot in my life, but I don't think that it has prepared me all the way for life. There are some things you can only learn by experiencing things on our own and some things can only be taught by those who have gained wisdom and knowledge from living in this world.

    Melody Morphis
    Mr. Sloan
    Per. 1

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  80. Nathalie Trevino; A. Bauer period1January 29, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    I truly believe that one day China is going to take over, and we will all be bowing down to Mrs. Cheng. Anyway, I do agree with Obama when he says education is the key to success. It has been proven that the higher education you have completed the more financially successful you are. I'm pretty optimistic that we will come out of this recession, I mean, we cant stay here forever.

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  81. I agree with President Obama's speech, education is the key to success, thats true! If we want to be on higher level than China, then more people need to get educated in order to be successful in the US!

    Jasmine Singh
    Bauer, P.3

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  82. I could better address the question if my speakers on my computer where working, but since they aren't, I will answer the question to the best of my ability. I do believe that my education has helped me prepare for the future, but I also believe that to obtain the things I want in my future I need a lot more education. My role in the economy will be that of a contributer and not just one who takes. On the other hand I do not have much faith in us as a nation. I believe that the way we are headed foregn nations such as China will very well surpass us. Already other nations value, and are willing to invest more into education than we are as a nation. Time and time again we have expressed that education is the key to a successful future for individuals as well as for the nation. However we fail to act accordingly. I believe that if we do not shape up, we will regret it.
    Kaylanie Lavender
    Per.1
    Mr.Bauer

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  83. Unfortunately, my view on America's future isn't one of butterflies, daisies, and filled to the brim with optimism. I believe the majority of America is progressively moving down the path of the spoiled and lazy( me included). It all stems from under appreciation. We really don't grasp how lucky we are to have all these opportunities. Everyone is always complaining how bad they have it and that the minimum wage is to low, or the cost of college is to high, etc. So we have all our business moving overseas because some people are willing to work for cheap because they just want money so they can put some food on the table, they aren't worried about Plasma TVs, Playstation 3's, or other wants. Now that I think its right or that people should work in those conditions or at that low of a pay. Yet, we have plenty of Americans who are unwilling to work at minimum wage because it is beneath them or would just rather sit on their ass because unemployment deals out so much money. We need to start to with moral reform personally, how you can implement that I have no idea.
    Marklin Nixon
    Mr. Sloan Period 1

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  84. Honestly, i am not to optomistic for our country short term, but long term i believe we will turn out fine. As for nations such as China, they will not pass us up, just be equals to us in terms of wealth and ability.
    Personally i am very optomistic. I am about to recieve an excellent eduacation at a well reputed university in an area that is predicted to triple in net worth in the next 50 yrs. :)
    As citizens we must argue amongst ourselves to come up with a solution all accept. We must tell the government what they are to do so we can get ourselves out of this economic rutt.

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  85. bradford i'm posting right after you!
    i plan on becoming a ridiculously wealthy and sought after surgeon after college, so i don't see this economy effecting me at all. just kidding. but really, health care is one of the only recession proof career routes available. the country will survive through this recession, inevitably. but we'll have to work extra hard to keep our 6 year olds out of the sweatshops. hehe. my little brother.

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  86. As many others have stated, I believe China will surpass us as the world super power. Although the American life style is one that many countries strive for, a little less leisure in the American youth will be a positive change. We have become lazy and many of us don't realize that it will impact our country. It is everyone's responsibility to strive for a consistent rise in GDP. The country that we fear is surpassing us in rank, is the country we import the most goods from.

    Gabriella Cello, P.3, Mr. Sloan

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  87. It’s true, it is much harder to get a good well-paying job nowadays than it was in the past, what with more and more people going to college and getting higher educations. For me, I will definitely be attending college to further my education so I can stand a chance in the competitive job market. I think China and other emerging countries are going to start to close the gap and we as a country need to refocus if we want to stay ahead.

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  88. mr.pphenix
    period 1
    Dallas Cooper

    - i think today "the rules have chnged" tremndously. The work is harder to find that once was so easy to get a job. Hard times, hard struggles is what over half of the world is going through. I believe that by pushing harder to strive learning more, gettig a higher education, better ourselves and to then educate the world, we will make the country a much more independent, self-reliant but hardwokig at he same time, each generation has to step their game up in the working industry to know that technology changes and so does everything and everyone else an their expectations. But by doing this all, working together,america will become what it is truly ment to be.

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  89. My education is everything to me because withouit it I feel that I am not supporting my country. The president's speech is very true on many points. Jobs in the future will require more than just a high school diploma. Technology will get better, and the people must be educated to keep up. Countries like China are quickly rising to the top. Less people in the U.S are graduating high school, and that scares me becaus we are the future of the United States.

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  90. I completely believe that I am optimistic in myself. These 12 years of learning obviously taught me something. But book smarts is only half of it, once you graduate high school, life quickly kicks in. And you are forced to come to terms with what you truly want to contribute to the world. My role in society would be to definitely become a productive member of my community & also the community in which I plan to attend college.

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  91. It's our own fault America is going to fall behind and i do think that china will pass us up in the near future. However, i would still rather live here than in china. Even though we are lazy, i do enjoy our lifestyle with the option to enjoy leisure and reap the benefits of our own hard work.

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  92. I agree with the presidents speech that we need to get farder with our education because were falling behind china. If we keep doing what we are doing right know were going to fall behind china with technology and science. A job not only does it required education, but also it requires hands on experience.
    Jonathan Ramos
    Mr. Bauer
    Per.2

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  93. I agree that the president needs to push education more andmore, if we don't then other world powers will soon overcome us in education. we are going to fall behind and china is going to overcome. i also agree with kayla that i enjoy our lifestyle more.

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  94. My opinion on this is that i think im ready for the world later on and also education has helped me and i think also that maybe it will be difficult to find a job but i think if the economy slowly changes then ill be fine.
    Aniscia Silva
    Sloan
    Per 5

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  95. I think that alot of people for some reason believe that America is invincible or something. At the rate were going, we can easily get passed up by China as the most stable country. And as for jobs and education, higher education is required for better jobs nowdays. Alot of Americans lack drive, and unfortunately thats exactly what we need to stay on top of our game.

    Danielle Barros
    Sloan p.4

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  96. katie frogue, sloan p1February 8, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    i do agree with the president, china is by far becoming a greater country than we are. like obama said, "china is educating their children earlier and longer in math and science." this is very smart for china to do and i do not know why we are not doing the same. soon china will be the number 1 world power if we keep up what were doing now. education is the key.

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  97. Sarah Richter; Bauer; Period 5February 15, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    I think Obamas speach about education was very correct. All people need education and to move on past high school into college. In this economy we need higher education levels to get the jobs we want and need. Its getting harder and harder to get jobs so the more education you get, the better chance ull have in getting the job!

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  98. I think that china will lead the world down the road because of how serious they are with there education. I believe the high school tries to make you as educated as possible to be do good in college, but it is up to the student to decide how prepared they will be for the future.
    Stephanie A
    Mr.Sloan
    Per.4

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