To: School kids across the nation
From: President Barack Obama
"Maybe you don’t have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there’s not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right.
But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying.
Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future." (sourse, Whitehouse Media Resources)
I thought his message was simple, well stated, and to the point:
Go to school
Stay in school
Do your best
You can be whatever you want to be
It doesn't matter who your parents are, it doesn't matter what your social background is, you are the one who controls your future.
Controversial message? I don't think so.