The U.S. education market is estimated to be about $1.3 trillion dollars, which explains why the topic shows up several times in every State of the Union address. Barack Obama’s sixth #SOTU tonight was no different and here are the top six quotes he delivered related to education.
“Rebekah took out student loans, enrolled in community college, and retrained for a new career. They sacrificed for each other. And slowly, it paid off. They bought their first home. They had a second son, Henry. Rebekah got a better job, and then a raise.” – Barack Obama
“We believed we could prepare our kids for a more competitive world. And today, our younger students have earned the highest math and reading scores on record. Our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high. And more Americans finish college than ever before.” – Barack Obama
“By the end of this decade, two in three job openings will require some higher education. Two in three. And yet, we still live in a country where too many bright, striving Americans are priced out of the education they need. It’s not fair to them, and it’s not smart for our future.” – Barack Obama
“I am sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college — to zero.” – Barack Obama
“Forty percent of our college students choose community college. Some are young and starting out. Some are older and looking for a better job. Some are veterans and single parents trying to transition back into the job market. Whoever you are, this plan is your chance to graduate ready for the new economy, without a load of debt. Understand, you’ve got to earn it.” – Barack Obama
“And I want to work with this Congress, to make sure Americans already burdened with student loans can reduce their monthly payments, so that student debt doesn’t derail anyone’s dreams.” – Barack Obama