I see students saying "I can be anything I want to be. A teacher, a lawyer, a firefighter, a judge, a president, anything . . . if my mind can see it and my heart can believe it. . . I know I can achieve it"
What's WRONG with that?
So what - their role model is our first black president. Well, damnit, someone's gotta change something. What's your solution to their issues in life? They can't change their skin color. They can't just stand up and convince Mom and Dad to move to a better city or put them in a better school. The only way they can change their life or do better in school is if they *want* to do it.
Hey - you could give them money and see what that does! But that's controversial.
So this is in stark contrast to that - and it's still controversial?
WTF! Don't you WANT them to have an example? To HAVE someone to look up to? A GOAL in life of SOME type? SOMETHING!
He might not be the greatest president but he's a damn good role model.
I challenge you to come up with a better way to energize and get possibly some very troubled KIDS heading in the right direction. I think that there's nothing you can think of that would be more meaningful to them and have a more positive and life-altering impact.