President Obama, delivering a lengthy, emotional address on Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman and race just moments ago.
Stating that Martin "could have been me 35 years ago," Obama nonetheless said that the issue of race in America has improved, though there’s still plenty of work to be done.latimes)
Over a number of years, the balance of education, in our view, has been lost. There has been a tendency for the national debate on education to be expressed as a series of exclusive alternatives, even dichotomies: for example, as a choice between the arts or the sciences; the core curriculum or the broad curriculum; between academic standards or creativity; freedom or authority in teaching methods. We argue that these dichotomies are unhelpful. Realising the potential of young people, and raising standards of achievement and motivation includes all of these elements. Creating the right synergy and achieving the right balance in education is an urgent and complex task, from national policy making to classroom teaching.
From “All of our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education,” 1999
"Every cliche is true. Everything is true. It’s the best thing that ever happens to you. It completely changes your life… every minute of pregnancy, delivery, infancy, every minute, every second has been an unimagined joy. It is constantly amazing to me. It’s so great to not be the number one in your own universe anymore, you know? It’s all about the girl now. And that is just a deeply, deeply gratifying thing."