I should have said this a long time ago:
Not since Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has the White House of this country had a First Lady with so much class, sophistication and personality.
In a short piece she wrote for U.S. News, Michelle encapsulated exactly what I feel is discussed far too rarely in the buzz of politics: education standards in the United States.
Particularly surrounding topics like Science and Math.
“America‘s Future Lies in Its Teachers”
Michelle Obama –
When we think about the qualities that make an outstanding teacher–boundless energy and endless patience; vision and a sense of purpose; the creativity to help us see the world in a different way; commitment to helping us discover and fulfill our potential–we realize: These are also the great qualities of a leader. Today, more than ever before, we need precisely this kind of leadership in our classrooms.
The challenge to our schools is not just an overall teacher shortage but a shortage of good teachers in where they are most essential: high-need schools that face some of the most daunting obstacles but have students with so much potential. We also have a shortage of teachers in subjects like math and science that we know will be critical in our children’s future.
Today, we need a new generation of leaders to take their place in our nation’s schools. We need passionate, talented, committed men and women to step up and devote themselves to preparing our students to succeed in this new century.