Feb 25 2009
So tonight I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This can be a community college or a four-year school, vocational training or an apprenticeship. But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma.
And dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It’s not just quitting on yourself; it’s quitting on your country. And this country needs and values the talents of every American.
Last night my eyes opened wide and my mouth hung open as I heard these words. Never have I heard a president make such a statement, nor felt so compelled, myself, to rise to the challenge, nor felt so hopeful that others would hear this call as well. Can you imagine if we as a nation really do heed this call?
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