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The president talked about how America must work much harder to keep pace with international competitors.
Students across the country will be welcomed back to school next month with a speech from President Barack Obama. He's scheduled to deliver his remarks on Sept. 14.
This is the president's second annual speech to students. Last year, he encouraged students to study hard, stay in school and take responsibility for their education.
"Every single one of you has something you're good at," he said last year from Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va. "Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That's the opportunity an education can provide."
There was a firestorm of concern before last year's speech from parents who were conservatives, according to the New York Times. Those parents "accused the president of trying to indoctrinate their children with socialist ideas and [were] asking school officials to excuse the children from listening," the Times reported.
A location for this year's speech has not been released yet. It will be broadcast nationwide in schools and online.