And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.
You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.
We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that – if you quit on school – you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.
My question is what if your school is failing. Quiting that school and going to a better school might be a good idea. Especially if it is a failing public school.
I disagree with the president. If you quit school you are not quiting your country. Maybe your parents will change schools. I did for my kids when they failed at our local school. I transferred to a better school. The kids did better. Sometimes you drop out of school and go to work. You can always re-enter adult school and finish the High School degree at a later time. I do agree with the President that you shouldn't quit school but work harder. But you are not quitting on America if you drop out of school. There are alternatives to public schools and maybe another path must be found for the student in order to succeed.