domingo, 13 de septiembre de 2009

Have a Nice School Year!

After thinking about how to welcome you to this new school year, I´ve decided to post President Obama´s speech to American students at the beginning of the current school year. On the one hand, it´s in English so it´s a good chance for you to listen to him - and you can read his words at the same time since it´s a video provided by the White House with the subtitles included. On the other hand, if you took off all of the comments and references to the USA and its citizens, I think you could apply his advice to you and your education. I agree with everything he says about education and the following people (please, pay attention when he talks about it, pause the video to make sure you understand and consider whether you agree as well):

- teachers´responsibility
- parents´responsibility
- the government´s responsibility
- the students´(YOUR!!!) responsibility for your education.

I want to highlight two parts of his speech because they focus on problems that come out quite often during the classes and which require a special attitude from you: a positive attitude towards the teacher, the class, the studies, your future... all in all, your education:

There is no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude in school. There´s no excuse for talking back to your teacher or cutting class, or dropping out of school. There is no excuse for not trying.

Being successful is hard. You won´t love every subject that you study. You won´t click with every teacher that you have. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right at this minute.

So here´s the video:

If you want to go deeper into the speech, click here to read it.

And this is how some cartoonists interpreted his speech: the first cartoon is by Daryl Cagle, the second by John Cole:
Cartoon by Daryl Cagle
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Cartoon by John Cole
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Now I´d like to hear or read what you make of his speech and how you interpret the cartoons... Any comments?

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