WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to tell students Wednesday in a back-to-school message that America needs their passion and ideas in these tough economic times.

The White House released the text of the president’s message early to defuse any potential charges that Obama would give a political speech to the nation’s school children. Two years ago, some conservatives accused Obama of bringing politics into the classroom with a similar back-to-school speech.

The president plans to tell students they are the country’s future and that “whether we fall behind or race ahead in the coming years is up to you.”

He encourages the students to work hard in school and to pursue an education after high school.

Obama also confesses that he wasn’t always the best student and didn’t love every class he took.

“I’ll let you in on another secret: I still don’t always know the answers,” he says in prepared remarks. “But if I’d have just tuned out because the class sounded boring, I might have missed out on something that I enjoyed and something that’s still useful to me today.”

Obama is scheduled to speak at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington. The magnet school, which opened in 1981, is designed to provide a rigorous academic background in preparation for college.

The address will be broadcast live on television and online.

Last week, Obama announced his administration will allow states to apply for waivers around unpopular proficiency standards in the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law. To qualify, states must meet conditions such as setting evaluation standards for teachers and principals and meeting conditions such as imposing their own standards to prepare students for college and careers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. Be Honest says:

    It would have been better, If Obama had simply apologized to the children for their future.

    1. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

      As far as that goes, ALL present and past polititions should have to do that. Two parties, two different directions, same destination!

  2. Beau Michaud says:

    What a joke. In corporate America, people are so afraid for their jobs that companies that used to thrive on innovation now spurn it. You must follow the party line in order to not be considered a radical. The truth about corporate America these days is that the tallest blabe of grass gets cut down first so that lazy middle managers dont get outshone by their innovative people. THAT is the truth, here in Maryland and Nationwide. This is just more lip service designed to bring the herd in line.

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