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奥巴马2016年教师节演讲:这才是教育的真正目的!


来源:高中英语教学交流网 发布时间:2016-09-12 20:53:00 查看次数:

内容提要:世界上每个国家都有属于自己的教师节,也就是说,不同国家之间的教师节的日期不同。而美国的的教师节是在每年5月的第一个周二,今年5月3日,奥巴马总统邀请全美最杰出的教师们相聚白宫,在给年度杰出教师颁奖之后发表了精彩演讲,一起围观一下总统对教育目的的阐述吧!

奥巴马2016年教师节演讲稿

Thank you. Well, welcome to the White House. Applause. And thank you, Jahana, for that wonderful introduction. Everybody please give the National Teacher of the Year a big round of applause. Applause. It’s a little surprising that she got this award because you can tell she’s a little shy -- laughter -- and lacks enthusiasm. Laughter. And yet somehow she seems to be performing pretty well in the classroom. Laughter. Look at that smile.

So for seven years, I’ve stood in the White House with America’s finest public servants and private-sector innovators and our best advocates and our best athletes and our best artists, and I have to tell you there are few moments that make me prouder than this event when I stand alongside our nation’s best educators. Applause.

Every year on this day, we say publicly as a country what we should be eager to say every day of the year, and that is: Thank you. That’s what this event is about. That's why it’s one of my favorites. It’s a good day with all of you guys here in Washington to say thank you for the extraordinary work that teachers do all across the country. It’s also, I guess, a pretty good day for substitute teachers because we got a lot of folks -- laughter -- we got a lot of folks playing hooky today. Laughter. This is a school day. Laughter.

MS. HAYES: It’s a learning opportunity. Laughter.

THE PRESIDENT: It’s a field trip.

Now, among our country’s best educators happens to be our Secretary of Education, Dr. John King, Jr. Applause. John is someone who, like Jahana, found refuge in school as a youngster. And he found role models in the classroom at a time when he needed them most. And that experience instilled in him the empathy that makes him such a powerful voice for students and for teachers and for principals and superintendents and educators all across the country.

I also want to acknowledge Jahana’s senator from Connecticut, Chris Murphy. He’s around here somewhere. There he is. Applause. He’s proud of you, too.

I want to welcome her fellow Teachers of the Year from all 50 states, D.C., and our territories. Applause. And we want to welcome the hundreds of distinguished educators from all across the country that joined us this afternoon. So thank you. Applause.

I figured this is the last time I was going to do this, so I wanted to invite as many of you as possible -- applause -- because you are people who are inspiring at every grade level, who are opening minds to math and music; to basic literacy but classic literature; to social studies and science, Spanish, and special education. Applause.

In their daily lives, the men and women who teach our children fulfill the promise of a nation that's always looking forward, that believes each generation has a responsibility to help the next in building this great country of ours and making the world a better place.

President Kennedy said, “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.” Now, the school where Jahana teaches happens to bear President Kennedy’s name. And it’s fitting then that the perspective, that approach that she brings to the classroom suits the philosophy that he articulated.

This is what Jahana said about how she approaches her responsibility: “It doesn’t matter how bright a student is or where they rank in a class, or what colleges they have been accepted to if they do nothing with their gift to improve the human condition.” And Jahana cares about the example she sets as much as the exams that she scores. Applause.

All right, you just need to settle down. Laughter. This is what makes her a great teacher. You can't be great if you're not enthusiastic. Laughter. You got to love what you do -- and she loves what she does.

And what’s remarkable about Jahana’s natural talent in the classroom is that when she was growing up in Waterbury, Connecticut, being a teacher was the furthest thing from her mind. In fact, there were times where she didn’t even want to be a student.

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