A South Carolina eighth-grader has become emblematic of the economic stimulus package’s education provisions since President Obama referred to her in his first address to Congress, WSAV is reporting.
Ty’Sheoma Bethea, 14, sat by first lady Michelle Obama as the president spoke and read from a letter she had written to Congress urging lawmakers to fund education.
“We are just students trying to become lawyers, doctors, congressmen like yourself, and one day president, so we can make a change to not just the state of South Carolina, but also the world,” Obama read. “We are not quitters.”
It’s a little strange that the most positive, hopeful and inspiring words anyone has uttered about the current crisis have come from a 14-year-old girl in South Carolina. A lot of grownups could take lessons from her.
Education is one of those issues you can’t oppose and still hope to be elected. There is no anti-education platform in any party and no anti-education candidate in any race. But whenever the economy falters, education usually takes the first hit. Guess we all have still got some learning to do.