You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.Politicians sell gold and deliver feces. Most of his audience will never be scientists, mathematicians or doctors neither will they be captains of industry. Only a few will reach the top, and those will be the ones with the best abilities, best efforts and best luck.
The litany of social problems which the students will supposedly grow up to solve have been with us since time immemorial and always will be, they will not be solved, they will only be exacerbated by the efforts of Obamination and his ilk.
Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I’m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you’ve got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don’t let us down – don’t let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.Education does not answer questions, it provokes questions. Maintenance of physical plant & provision of books, equipment & supplies are not federal issues, they are local issues. They are not part of the duties of the President.
I assume that the speech was heavily edited in the days before its delivery. I'd like to obtain the rough draft to see what was deleted.