Watching the Presidents well intentioned school address was a little depressing as it lacked motivation to stir students into action.
The bored faces of classroom students told the story of another president visiting a school and saying the same things the last ten presidents said.
The President should have been better prepared and given some thought to a new approach to encourage and motivate students and schools to improve their academic ratings.
If the President had said he was offering a Presidential Seal of Approval for the school that most improves it’s quarterly academic score the most, that would have been motivation.
If the President said he would invite the principal of the school that improves the most over the next year to a White House dinner, that would have been motivation.
If the President had said he would guarantee a White House internship for the high school student that excelled the most this year, that would have been motivation.
If the President had said he would give special Presidential ribbons to those students that improved their grades for four quarters in a row, that would have been motivation.
I admire the Presidents intentions regarding education, I just wish he would have given it a little more thought.
The ideas suggested above cost the taxpayers nothing, and are only a few examples of what a leader can do to truly start to motivate a country into education action.