奥巴马演讲 我们需要帮忙每个孩子进步3
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Now, that doesn’t mean testing is going to go away; there will be testing.  But the point is, is that we need to refine how we’re assessing progress so that we can have accountability without rigidity1 -- accountability that still encourages creativity inside the classroom, and empowers teachers and students and administrators2.

Of course, we also know that better standards, better assessments3 and a better curriculum won’t make a difference without outstanding teachers.  Every day in this country, teachers are doing a heroic job for their kids -- (applause) -- every day.  They’re taking on the problems that follow students into class, come in early to re-write lessons, spending hours after school tutoring students.  I know; my sister is a teacher. In South Korea, teachers are known as “nation builders,” and I think it’s time we treated our teachers with the same level of respect right here in the United States of America.  (Applause.)

But if we’re serious about treating teachers that way, if we’re serious about educating all our kids with an excellent teacher, then we’re going to have to fix No Child Left Behind.

What No Child Left Behind says is that teachers need to be certified4 before they step into the classroom.  Now, certification can be an important measure of the quality of the teacher, and obviously we want teachers to be well qualified5.  But when the quality of a teacher can make or break a child’s education, we’ve got to make sure our certified teachers are also outstanding teachers -- teachers who can reach every last child. (Applause.)

And so what we need to do is a better job preparing and supporting our teachers, measuring their success in the classroom, holding them accountable.  We’re going to have to stop making excuses for the occasional bad teacher.  We’re going to have to start paying good ones like the professionals that they are.  (Applause.)  If we truly believe that teaching is one of the most valued professions in society -- and I can’t think of a more important profession -- then we’ve got to start valuing our great teachers.  (Applause.)

And there are a lot of ways of valuing teachers.  I don’t know any teacher who got into it for the pay.  (Laughter.)  The teachers who are here, you got into it for the kids; for the satisfaction of feeling like your passing on knowledge that these young people will use and carry on for the rest of their lives.

So we need to reward you by letting you make more of a difference for your kids.  We need to build on what’s being done here at Kenmore, give our best teachers more time to learn from each other, more time to mentor6 each other, more responsibilities in their schools.  And to replace the Baby Boomers who are retiring in the coming years, we’re going to have to recruit a whole new generation of teachers -- including 100,000 new math and science teachers over the next decade.

So these are the steps we’re going to have to take to fix No Child Left Behind.  And together with what we’re already doing to make college more affordable7 for millions more students, I’m confident these reforms will help us meet the goal that I set when I took office -– which is, by the end of the decade we will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.  We’ll be number one again.  That’s my priority.  (Applause.)

So these steps will require reforms.  They’ll require a change in rules and standards and even attitudes.  But let me just point out there’s no avoiding the fact they’ll also cost some money.  Fixing our failing schools costs money.  It requires reform, but it costs some money.  Recruiting and rewarding the best teachers will cost money.  Making it possible for families to send their kids to college costs money.

Now, after a decade of deficits9, there isn’t a lot of money to go around.  I understand that.  And for too long, the government has been spending more than it’s been taking in, and we can’t keep that up.  We’re going to have to cut whatever spending we can afford to do without.

So I’ve called on a five-year freeze on annual domestic spending.  That will cut the deficit8 by more than $400 billion over the next decade, making that kind of spending a much smaller share of the economy -- smaller than it’s been in 50 years.  Right now, we’re sitting down with Republicans and Democrats10 to find other ways to get our deficits under control.

But even as we do, we can’t be reckless(鲁莽的) and we can’t be irresponsible about how we cut.  Let me make it plain:  We cannot cut education.  (Applause.)  We can’t cut the things that will make America more competitive.

Think about what happens in your own family when somebody loses a job or has an illness, and you need to cut back.  What do you do?  You start by skipping that vacation you’d been planning, or you see what’s on TV instead of going to the movies.  Maybe you start packing your own lunch.  There are a whole bunch of things that you might do.  The last thing you’re going to do is to dip into your child’s college savings11.  That’s too important. You’re not going to give that up.

Well, what’s true for your family is true for the American family.  (Applause.)  It’s the same principle.  A budget that sacrifices our commitment to education would be a budget that’s sacrificing our country’s future.  That would be a budget that sacrifices our children’s future.  And I will not let it happen. (Applause.)

So, yes, I’m determined12 to cut our deficits.  But I refuse to do it by telling students here who are so full of promise that we’re not willing to invest in your future.  I’m not willing to tell these young people right here that their education isn’t a priority.

I’m talking about students like Katherine Diaz, who says, “I think I should have the opportunity to be who I want to be.”  And it turns out that Katherine wants to either be a professional violinist, or the first woman President of the United States.  (Laughter and applause.)  So she’s still -- Katherine is still -- she’s not sure yet.  (Laughter.)  She might do both.  You could do it one at a time -- professional violinist, President.  (Laughter.)  

Or I’m talking about Roberto Claure.  Where’s Roberto?  There’s Roberto right here.  He says, “With good schools and good teachers, we can grow up to be anything we want.”  (Applause.)  It turns out Roberto wants to be the first Hispanic President of the United States.  (Laughter and applause.)  So you guys will have to work out sort of the sequence.  (Laughter.)

Roberto, Katherine, the millions of students like them across the country, they need us to offer them the best education possible -- not only because that’s how they’ll succeed, not only because that’s how we’ll out-compete countries around the world, but because that’s what we do.  That’s who we are.  That’s what America is about.

We are a place that believes every child, no matter where they come from, can grow up to be anything they want; where  Katherine, or Roberto, or a skinny kid with a funny name named Barack Obama -- (laughter) -- can grow up to be President of the United States.  That’s who we are.  That’s the commitment we make to the next generation.

And I’m confident that if we fix No Child Left Behind, if we continue to reform American education, continue to invest in our children’s future, that’s the America we will always be.

Thank you.  God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)


1 rigidity HDgyg     
  • The rigidity of the metal caused it to crack.这金属因刚度强而产生裂纹。
  • He deplored the rigidity of her views.他痛感她的观点僵化。
2 administrators d04952b3df94d47c04fc2dc28396a62d     
n.管理者( administrator的名词复数 );有管理(或行政)才能的人;(由遗嘱检验法庭指定的)遗产管理人;奉派暂管主教教区的牧师
  • He had administrators under him but took the crucial decisions himself. 他手下有管理人员,但重要的决策仍由他自己来做。 来自辞典例句
  • Administrators have their own methods of social intercourse. 办行政的人有他们的社交方式。 来自汉英文学 - 围城
3 assessments 7d0657785d6e5832f8576c61c78262ef     
n.评估( assessment的名词复数 );评价;(应偿付金额的)估定;(为征税对财产所作的)估价
  • He was shrewd in his personal assessments. 他总能对人作出精明的评价。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Surveys show about two-thirds use such assessments, while half employ personality tests. 调查表明,约有三分之二的公司采用了这种测评;而一半的公司则采用工作人员个人品质测试。 来自百科语句
4 certified fw5zkU     
  • Doctors certified him as insane. 医生证明他精神失常。
  • The planes were certified airworthy. 飞机被证明适于航行。
5 qualified DCPyj     
  • He is qualified as a complete man of letters.他有资格当真正的文学家。
  • We must note that we still lack qualified specialists.我们必须看到我们还缺乏有资质的专家。
6 mentor s78z0     
  • He fed on the great ideas of his mentor.他以他导师的伟大思想为支撑。
  • He had mentored scores of younger doctors.他指导过许多更年轻的医生。
7 affordable kz6zfq     
  • The rent for the four-roomed house is affordable.四居室房屋的房租付得起。
  • There are few affordable apartments in big cities.在大城市中没有几所公寓是便宜的。
8 deficit tmAzu     
  • The directors have reported a deficit of 2.5 million dollars.董事们报告赤字为250万美元。
  • We have a great deficit this year.我们今年有很大亏损。
9 deficits 08e04c986818dbc337627eabec5b794e     
n.不足额( deficit的名词复数 );赤字;亏空;亏损
  • The Ministry of Finance consistently overestimated its budget deficits. 财政部一贯高估预算赤字。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Many of the world's farmers are also incurring economic deficits. 世界上许多农民还在遭受经济上的亏损。 来自辞典例句
10 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 savings ZjbzGu     
  • I can't afford the vacation,for it would eat up my savings.我度不起假,那样会把我的积蓄用光的。
  • By this time he had used up all his savings.到这时,他的存款已全部用完。
12 determined duszmP     
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
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