Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Why Are We So Angry?

I have been reading a lot the last few days through blogs, tweets, and news organizations about the speech President Obama is going to give today.

To be honest i didn't understand the big uproar in the first place and now after reading the speech myself i understand it even less.

I am not going to make this very long i just wanted to kinda vent my frustration about the whole situation.

Here is a little fact for for you:

"In October 2008, 56.8 percent of the nation's 16- to 24-year-olds,or 21.3 million young people, were either enrolled in high school (9.7million) or in college (11.7 million)." (Source)

Now this may seem like a normal statistic to some but to me what i see is a very disappointing number. 56.8 percent out of 100%, people!!!!

Should we not be striving to do all we can to get all of our kids in school and college? Why is it ok with us that only 57% of our youth is enrolled in school? That means 43% are NOT! WHY?????

I say the kids need someone speaking to them! They need an influential person (despite his political affiliations) speaking to them about why it is important to stay in school. Would we have bitched years ago if Reagan wanted to speak to kids? Or would it be better if we had a sports figure who uses steroids, or a musician who beats his girlfriend give the speech!

There use to be a time when we respected the Presidency whether we agreed with him or not. We listened to what they had to say even if it meant sitting through long, mind numbing hours of stuff we didn't care about!

Frankly i think Obama is a great person to speak to our youth and not because he is "young and hip and right all the time" but because he came from a difficult background. He by all means and statistics should have fallen into that 43% of kids who didn't make it through High School or attend College!

All i am saying is this man is not Hitler! If he was then i could understand why people were so angry!


Keyona said...

OMG thank you for this post. Regardless of who people voted for, the fact is that WHATEVER President wants to talk to out kids about STAYING in SCHOOL is more than welcome to. Thankyouverymuch. :o)

Vanessa said...

You are awesome, Courtney. xD

Vanessa said...

Oh, and here's my theory on why people don't care about the statistics.... If "everybody graduated college", then we'd have an "overabundance of college graduates just SATURATING" the job market and (I forget the exact words at the moment) more or less making jobs that require college not worth it or something... diluting worth of the job? (Gah, I hate when I can't find the right words to drive the point home.)

Lisanne said...

I agree. Gosh, I just don't understand the uproar about it. I think that it's WONDERFUL that Obama wants to speak to our nation's young people!!!

Brittany said...

You go girl !! I agree 100% I hate all these stupid people calling him Hitler...how freaking stupid ! Obama rocks !!!

Alexandra said...

I do agree with you. I didn't vote for him, but he is the president and we should be respectful. The uproar about this speech was a little silly.

On another note, not everyone can go to college or our world would collapse. At this point, so many people have bachelors degrees that it doesn't mean very much. You have to go on and get a masters to stand out on a resume.

Mom24 said...

You are 100% right. It's absolute craziness out there and I wish it would stop.