From his speech last night,
"...there is no program or policy that can substitute for a mother or father who will attend those parent/teacher conferences, or help with homework after dinner, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, and read to their child. I speak to you not just as a President, but as a fther when I say that responsibility for our children's education must begin at home."
This father-of-two has just uttered a mouthful. I am continually in shock by the lack of basic skills that I see from adults who never learned "basic skills."
I work in adult vocational/career education, and sometimes it is downright frightening.
President Obama got it exactly right...and he should be continually and heartily applauded.