Washington: US President Barack Obama
has exhorted American students to toil harder at school,
saying their success would determine the country`s leadership
in a world where children in Bangalore and Beijing were raring
to race ahead.
Obama has repeatedly said that American schools would
have to ensure that they continue producing leagues of top
professionals, so that the American hegemony in human resource
continues in this century.
"At a time when other countries are competing with us
like never before, when students around the world in Beijing,
China, or Bangalore, India, are working harder than ever, and
doing better than ever, your success in school is not just
going to determine your success, it`s going to determine
America`s success in the 21st century," Obama said.
"The farther you go in school, the farther you`re
going to go in life," he told students at a school in
Last year, while announcing an end of tax incentives
to US companies which created jobs overseas, Obama had
launched the `Say no to Bangalore and yes to Buffalo,` slogan.
Since then, he has time and again mentioned the
competition coming in from developing countries like China and
India while asking Americans to rise to the challenge to keep
the American supremacy alive.
"... you`ve got an obligation to yourselves, and
America has an obligation to you, to make sure you`re getting
the best education possible," Obama said in his latest remarks.
He said preparing the students for success in
classroom, college and career would also require an enormous
collective effort of teachers, principals as well as the
"It`s going to take outstanding principal and
outstanding teachers who are going above and beyond the call
of duty for their students," he said.
Asking the students to work harder than everybody else
and seek out new challenges, he said his call was directed at
all Americans alike.
"... I`m not just speaking to all of you, I`m speaking
to kids all across the country. And I want them to all here
that same message: That`s the kind of excellence we`ve got to
promote in all of America`s schools," Obama said.