I've heard little talk about the State of the Union Address last night, however I did not watch it. After seeing chatter about how some of the address was about educators, I decided to set out to find a written copy of it. (I usually can't follow huge speeches like this when hearing it. I can better grasp it when reading it myself in my own tone.)
I really love Obama. I think that given more time, the things that he is starting to do will materialize and be awesome.
So here are some quotes that I loved.
-We are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea - the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny.
-As Robert Kennedy told us, "The future is not a gift. It is an achievement."
-In America, innovation doesn't just change our lives. It's how we make a living.
-This is our generation's Sputnik moment.
-Success is not a function of fame or PR, but of hard work and discipline.
-In South Korea, teachers are known as "nation builders." Here in America, it's time we treated the people who educate our children with the same level of respect.
-If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child -- become a teacher. Your country needs you.
-We shouldn't just give our people a government that's more affordable. We should give them a government that's more competent and efficient. We cannot win the future with a government of the past.
-Then there's my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but th Commerce Department handles them when they're in salt water. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked.