My main concern is the crucial time period when young children learn best how to think. The window of opportunity for preparing them for a lifetime of learning is early on, and the experience of learning must be designed to bolster the mind's ability to learn and remember.
Kids doubt they can learn the hard stuff. I remember being afraid I couldn't learn how to read. I was pretty young and you didn't have to learn to read until you went to school, but the older kids were saying how hard it was and I became afraid I wouldn't be able to do it. I was in my threes.
So now Obama has another chance and so do we. He must look far into the future to do what is right and so do we. And that future is another generation of students in our public schools better prepared to project our nation's strength.
Man is a hand animal. The hands led the proto-human in becoming human. The hands should lead the young modern human to learn how best to develop his/her unique capabilities to prepare for a full and rich life.