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SOTU and The State of the American Education

"We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair," said President Obama last night during his State of the Union address. 

If you were paying attention, you will agree with me that the President offered plenty of encouraging rhetoric but nothing new of substance. He wanted to raise expectations among people and he did it, but even when a great deal of time was spent talking about education, there were no precise points. 

Watch the video here. For how debaters grade the SOTU click here and don't go without the fact-checking posted by WaPo. 

The education passages evidently didn't have a lot of substance but they did have some interesting signals. And that's a good beginning, though. Obama also had the courage to speak openly about the Dream Act and how this country will benefit from these students. 

Personally, I am still reading about school Bruce Randolph, the one Obama singled out. And as I continue to read and grab the most interesting commentaries about last night Obama address, what follows is what I think deserves to be read: 
 - Translating the State of the Union Address - what really the President wanted to say about American education.
 - Andrew Rotherham in Education - Smartest and so far the most straightforward analysis. 
 - Fire those lazy-ass teachers - The counterpart Obama didn't mention about the other teachers. 
 - Become a teacher - The strongest two words used by President Obama in SOTU address. 

 I'll be grateful if you find some other information worth it to share in our comments section.

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