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Understanding President Obama's Speech: A Parent's Guide

Posted Sep 08 2009 10:30pm
Parents should talk to their kids about issues surrounding the President's speech to the nation's school children Tuesday, such the as role of the federal government in education, the state of our nation's education crisis, and how they can elect officials who will make critical changes, according to Making Sense of President Obama's School Speech: 10 Things Parents Should Share with their Kids, released today by the Center for Education Reform.

" Parents are not only the first line of defense when it comes to their family's education, they should be the first line of offense as well," says Jeanne Allen, president of the Center for Education Reform. " Parents can be assertive and effective change agents in improving schools and using this occasion to help their young understand how to right education's wrongs is a big first step to reforming our schools."

The Center for Education Reform has for 16 years helped parents become better advocates for their children, and given policymakers the tools they need to succeed. Thus CER brings its broad and unique expertise to the controversial discussions surrounding the president's speech by offering parents a variety of topics to cover to help educate their children about why President Obama is speaking to them, what his role is, and what other issues this nation faces in bringing excellence to all schools.

" Above all parents should remind their children something that schools often neglect that they live in the land of opportunity, the best nation on earth, and that along with making sure they receive a great education, they must always seek to learn from history and to advance the principles upon which this country was founded," added Allen.

To download a copy of CER's Making Sense of President Obama's School Speech: 10 Things Parents Should Share with their Kids and to find more valuable resources for parents, please visit

The hard copy of the President's speech can be found at:
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