The Washington Post
September 8, 2009

[efoods]Editor’s note: Once upon a time it was the responsibility of parents to motivate their children, now it is done by the state.

President Obama, shrugging off a controversy over his appearance at a Northern Virginia high school, challenged students Tuesday to develop their skills and take responsibility for their education.

In a visit to Wakefield High School in Arlington, Obama used the post-Labor Day reopening of schools in Northern Virginia and other parts of the country to meet with students and deliver a lunchtime pep talk that was broadcast to schools across the country.

He told students that “if you quit on school, you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.”

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