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This paper briefly discusses how President Barack Obama made the headlines early this September as schools across America opened a new academic year by welcoming them through his "back-to-school" speech, delivered last September 1 at the Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. In particular the paper looks at two different news coverage of the speech, the first article is from Cable News Network (CNN), discussing the two contrasting views on Obama's speech--one expressing disapproval of the speech's content, and another view expressing approval of this action by the president. The second article, from New York Daily News (NY Daily News) expresses a stronger view in supporting Obama's decision to address students directly on his speech about assuming responsibility as students and as their duty to their country.
From the Paper:"Obama's school speech revolved around the theme of making education the students' responsibility. The President elaborated on this theme by dividing this key message into three sub-messages, identified as follows: (1) there is a system that can support children's education, but the system is just as effective only if the child is willing to fulfill his/her duty as a student; (2) no matter what the circumstances are in the child's life, this must not be an "excuse for not trying"; and (3) ultimately, success is hard work, but students must understand that "people succeeded because they understand that you can't let your failures define you" (The White House, 2009).
"News coverage of Obama's school speech either applauded or criticized this initiative, or both. Articles discussing the president's message to the students thoroughly discussed the issue, with the opposing view saying that the message he gave was not 'appropriate' for the students. Those who approve of Obama's speech, meanwhile, stated that his effort to directly bring the messages of studying hard and being responsible students are laudable because the students or the youth are just as important in helping improve the state of educational system in the US today."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Daly, M. (September 8, 2009). "Our kids need President Obama's wisdom." New York Daily News website. Available at: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2009/09/08/2009-09-08_our_kids_need_president_obamas_wisdom.html.
- "Obama urges students to work hard, stay in school." (September 8, 2009). Cable News Network (CNN) Website. Available at: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/09/08/obama.school.speech/index.html.
Cite this Article Review:
Obama's Back-to-School Speech (2012, January 26) Retrieved May 24, 2013, from http://www.academon.com/article-review/obama-back-to-school-speech-150105/
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