Barack Obama, on February 12, 2013, gave his second State of The Union Address as one of the major kick-offs to his second term as President of the United States.
In the duration of his speech he touched on many different topics, from energy, climate, technology, and education.
As a college student witih scholarships, grants, and of course loans, hear our President talk about the state of the education system was exciting for me. I have high expectation for my education and so do my parents. I attend Delaware State University, the #13 (and rising) Historically Black College in the Country. So as a college student attending and HBCU, education is twice as important to me because I have to be prided in my studies and continue to help my university strive. But listening to President Obama talk about education, it would seem he merely grazed the surface. Education is broad starting from pre school and extending to Doctoral and PhD. levels.
During the hour long speech President Obama talked about education for five minutes and two seconds. How in that little time can you cover the range of education issues specific to parents of K-12 children, college students and beyond.
The president said he is proposing a “new challenge to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy.” His desire to “reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math” is what I feel needs to happen to not only improve our schools curriculum and excite our students, but also to prepare them for entering the workwolrd of the 21st century prepared to make a living.
In addition to preparing my students for college and careers, so his idea of a “‘College Scorecard’ that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck” feels like a huge step in the right direction to empower families towards sensible college planning. AS a current college student I wish we would have had such a plan in order to narrow down college choices based on price and on where I could benefit most from my field.
Although the time spent on education reform was little I do commend the President for touching most education aspects, but next time I would hope he would go a little deeper into how me might increase financial aid, but that’s just one issue.
I hope to see these plans go into action soon Mr. President!