I wrote a letter…

… to President Obama, after I read the text of his address to students that will be delivered tomorrow. We’ll watch it tomorrow morning in class.

Some school districts have been upset that President Obama will be speaking to students. I don’t like to talk about politics, because as a teacher, I believe we need to teach students to make their own decisions, but I think it certainly can’t hurt to be told,

“No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future. That’s what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.”


But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.”

and finally,

I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don’t let us down – don’t let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.

I love you all so dearly and I expect greatness from every one of you. It was very encouraging to hear the leader of our country say he expects the same.