Since taking office, the President has repeatedly focused on education,
even as the country faces two wars, the worst economic crisis since the
Great Depression and major challenges on issues like energy and health
care. The President believes that education is a critical part of
building a new foundation for the American economy. Educated people are
more active civically and better informed on issues affecting their
lives, their families and their futures.
This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the
nation's school children about persisting and succeeding in school. We
encourage you to use this historic moment to help your students get
focused and begin the school year strong. I encourage you, your
teachers, and students to join me in watching the President deliver this
address on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. It will be broadcast live on the
White House website www.whitehouse.gov
In advance of this address, we would like to share the following resources: a menu of classroom activities for students in grades preK-6
On behalf of all Americans, I want to thank our educators who do society's most important work by preparing our children for work and for life. No other task is more critical to our economic future and our social progress. I look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead to continue improving the quality of public education we provide all of our children.