Sharing her experiences as a mother, librarian and elementary school teacher, First Lady Laura Bush testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Jan. 24th. In her testimony, the First Lady spoke of new challenges to the field of education in light of the events of September 11th and described the findings of the White House Summit on Early Childhood Cognitive Development, which she convened last July.
During her testimony, the First Lady linked a great education to the future success of the United States as the land of opportunity:
“Education has always been important to our nation, but since September 11th we appreciate its importance even more because we want America to always be the land of opportunity and to have the kind of internal strength that comes from every child and every citizen having a great education. From day one, the education we provide our children will shape the way they think and learn. The quality of their education will either drive or stifle the enthusiasm, motivation, and effort they bring to learning, the way they interact with others, and their ability to adapt to their successes and failures throughout life. We are embarking on a most noble mission to help their journey become as fulfilling and productive as possible. This is their birthright.”