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It's important to be prepared for school every day. It's sort of like going to work, with one small difference. You don't get a paycheck at the end of the week or the end of a two-week period. Granted, there are going to be some of you that will be more prepared than others. This is the group that I want to address. First off... 1. Unless your teacher assigns seats, sit in front of the class. Those people that sit in front get the information first-hand and they are better prepared than that person that sits in the back. Information is power. 2. BE RESPECTFUL of your peers and your teachers! It looks good for you further down the road when you apply for that job and that teacher writes "best student I ever had. Well behaved and prepared on time for class." It's sort of like that saying about catching flies with honey and not vinegar. Follow whatever rules that teacher or school has. Yes, there are some rules that don't make a lot of sense but in the end, they... read more

I hope that everyone is well and paying attention in class. Today I want to discuss further and briefly the State of the Union Address that will be on tv tonight. Many of you know that the president does this every year. But did you know that the State of the Union is required by the Constitution? Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution says: "He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States." So in other words, the president has to make a report... read more

Class, a reminder that President Obama will give the State of the Union speech Wednesday night. This is an important speech for the nation and the Obama administration. Don't just think of it as a speech. Think of it as a report card for the nation. Both members of the House and Senate will be there as well several key cabinet members, with the exception of one person. That one person is known as the Designated Survivor, a position usually held by a cabinet member that is the low man (or woman) on the totem pole, so to speak. That person will not be in attendance but will be on standby in the event the nation is attacked by nuclear arms and the president, vice president and cabinet are killed, captured or injured. Think of that person as a substitute teacher on standby. The only criteria is that person has to be a natural-born citizen and fortunately for the current cabinet, they all meet that criteria. Wednesday in class, if your teachers will allow it and it's part... read more

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