Sep 7, 2009 6:36 PM by Washington

Obama urges kids to pay attention in school

School children who hear President Barack Obama's back-to-school speech tomorrow will hear him say he expects "great things" from each of them.

It's a speech that won't be heard in some communities. Conservatives who say Obama is using the opportunity to promote a political agenda have urged schools and parents to boycott the address.

But Obama's remarks -- posted a day ahead of time on the White House Web site -- makes no appeal for support on tough causes such as health care.

Instead, Obama asks students to make the most of their education. He says even if they have the best teachers and schools and the most supportive parents, it won't matter unless "all of you fulfill your responsibilities."

And he said if a student gives up on school, "you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country."

Obama is scheduled to deliver the talk from a school in Arlington, Va.


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