An Education President

First published November 5, 2008

The people have spoken and Barack Obama is now our president-elect. As a result of an unprecedented voter turnout for an inspiring leader, the U.S. will soon have at its helm a textbook case of what we espouse in this country. All of us have grown up being told that if we study hard and work hard we can be anything that we want to be. Certainly, that has been true for some of us. But now, we will be led by someone who achieved the highest office in our country "despite" his disadvantages. And he did it through hard work and a stellar education.

We will now have a president who understands the personal transformation that education brings. Someone who passionately believes in the importance of early childhood education beginning as early as possible in a child's life, and the importance of sustaining that throughout the K-12 years. Someone who can be a living role model for every child in this country – no matter their race or economic situation.President-elect Obama has electrified the electorate and it remains to be seen if he can transfer his skill at campaign rhetoric into governance. K-12 education is in desperate need of reform. We need leadership to transform our schools and our country. An adept and skillful leader will not only set the tone of the future but will be able to bring all Americans on board to repair the torn fabric of our major institutions by working together in a way we've not seen in decades.

Will it be easy? Of course not. It will take tremendous will and outstanding leadership. Are we up to the challenge? Of course we are. We're Americans.

Yes we can.

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