After watching Obama on the Google Video site off and on for the past few hours is that he’s quite a speaker. His words aren’t quite as filled with “I say this because you want to hear it.” There is that aspect, don’t get me wrong, every politician seems to have that knocked into their speeches, because it’s how they win. Americans will vote for you if you say what they want to hear. Or something.
He brings up ideas about innovation, and using this new technology that’s out there. No one else has done that. Obama is from a few generations newer than his competition and he has kids that are growing up in a world where they’ve always seen web browsers, the internet, AIM, YouTube, etc. If you took the internet away from people right now, we’d all fall to itty bitty pieces. Read a newspaper?? What?? No television?? What do you mean the cable is out? People dislike the idea of being without technology, so he’s bringing up ways to use this readily available technology to reach out.
He brought up one point that I thought was very good. The technology some of us might have access too, or able to attain, is not available to the masses. The majority of Americans cannot reach these things because they are not able to have internet in their homes, or cable. He is going to find ways to bring people this technology. It benefits them, and it benefits the companies that would support this idea.
My biggest worry is this idea of changing how to reward teachers. Yes, please pay them more, they deserve it. I know my classmates were hell-hounds and awful to deal with. Even I wasn’t a saint all through K-12. No one was. There was always some quirk. What I want to see is not a teacher rewarded because their school sends x kids off to college, what I want is to see a teacher rewarded for their methods, their techniques and mostly how the students learn from them. Do these students learn because they are in a private school and come from an upper middle class family that tells them to pay attention OR are they learning because the teacher is giving them something in a way that they can understand and use? My middle school french class was ATROCIOUS. We learned the same thing for 6 years. Friends that went to a public middle school that is not the most reputable learned more french than I did. Their teacher should be rewarded for that. The overall school performance does not reflect the skill of the teacher.
I would also LOVE to see Obama make American universities that much more affordable. Having to spend $40K a year for any university is ridiculous. You are paying for a name, not a quality of teaching. College entrance should not be a “only taking the upper class” idea. You get in because you have the drive to keep up with everyone else. You have that education that puts you on their level. You can understand the material given to you just as well as anyone else.
State universities are not a worse school to go to than a private one. SUNY Albany gave my friends an educational opportunity that BU couldn’t give them (looking at what both offered). Why should I have to pay more for a school that can’t even compare to what a state university has? Both offer computer sciences, history, etc, BUT that state university had the facilities that BU did not. And yet, their tuition was a good $20K less/year. Something needs to be fixed.