Federal Hope for the Future: One Boy's Inauguration Journey
Loizos Karaiskos, a 5th grader at Silvermine Elementary School in Norwalk, Conn., was one of 2,900 middle school students participating in the Junior Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference from January 16-21. The students, who came from all over the country, were chosen to participate in the program because of their academic achievements, leadership skills, and school involvement. Education Week followed Loizos as he participated in inauguration events and educational activities during his visit to Washington. Part of special Inauguration '09 coverage.
School Choice & Charters Democracy Prep Has a Dream
About three dozen students from the Democracy Prep Charter School in New York City's Harlem kicked off the school’s Inauguration program on Friday, January 16, when they traveled to Washington to recite the “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, as the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. did more than 45 years ago.
Federal Past Inaugurals Have Cited Education
John Adams, 1797: ...[I]f a love of science and letters and a wish to patronize every rational effort to encourage schools, colleges, universities, academies, and every institution for propagating knowledge, virtue, and religion among all classes of the people, not only for their benign influence on the happiness of life in all its stages and classes, and of society in all its forms, but as the only means of preserving our Constitution from its natural enemies, the spirit of sophistry, the spirit of party, the spirit of intrigue, the profligacy of corruption, and the pestilence of foreign influence, which is the angel of destruction to elective governments; ... can enable me in any degree to comply with your wishes, it shall be my strenuous endeavor that this sagacious injunction of the two Houses shall not be without effect.”