President B. Obama’s speech “Back to School”
President Barack Obama held a speech called “Back to School” delivered at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia on September 8th 2009. Barack Obama addresses the values of hard work and taking the responsibility for paving success, no matter how hard the obstacles might be. The intention of the President’s speech is to persuade and motivate students all over America to stay focused, do their best, and take full advantage of their potential, and make America proud.
Barack Obama’s main arguments are first of all focused on the responsibility the students have for their country. Obama has already talked to parents, teachers, and the government about the responsibility they have for setting high standards, inspiring, support and a save environment for the students, but in the end none of that really matters if the students don’t fulfill their responsibility for the school. He describes how no one is useless, and everyone can contribute “Everyone has something to offer” He even gives examples and ideas of how the future might look for some people. This bright future is paired with what is relevant to the young students at this point in time such as “The knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math….. the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies…. And the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes” He uses anaphora a lot in this text, where he repeats different classes and why the classes are important in life, because a lot of students struggle to see the relevance of what they are learning and by giving this perspective, Obama is able to show a generation of students that they are truly the ones who will become a strong and powerful generation.
It’s an American value and a duty to be a representative not only for themselves but for the whole country. No one is born smart but through hard work and dedication, everyone has the same...
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