President Obama, in his weekly address, reiterated his commitment to expanding access to education and to spreading the joy of reading to more children and young adults.
Speaking from the D.C. Public Library in Anacostia, the President noted that he’d spent time talking to a group of promising middle class students about their lives, and the care he has for their success – which starts with a good education.
He announced a new project that involves libraries and major publishers providing more than $250 million in free e-Books for low-income students.
The President also issued a challenge to mayors, libraries, and school leaders to help every student get a library card, so they can expand their horizons.
“It’s all part of our ConnectED initiative to connect 99% of America’s students to high-speed Internet. Because no matter who you are, where you live, or how much money you’ve got, you should be able to access the world’s knowledge and information just like anyone else,” the President declared.
He also posited that in a global economy it’s important to ensure that everyone, of every age, in every zip code – urban and rural – has the chance to learn the skills that lead directly to a good job.
President Obama further said that he had put forward a plan to make two years of community college as free and universal for every American as high school is today.
“It’s something I’ll talk about in my commencement address next week at Lake Area Tech, in the small town of Watertown, South Dakota. It’s a community college with a graduation rate that is nearly twice the national average. They’re proving that a great education can be within everyone’s reach,” he noted.
He explained that everyone has a responsibility to not only make sure their own children have pathways to success but that all children do. He proffered that a great education is the ticket to a better life like never before.
He concluded that ensuring that all kids receive a good education is the surest way of showing them that their lives matter and moreover the smartest thing to do – create opportunity for all.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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