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Students Speechless When They See Who Walks Into Class

As it always does, summer has gone by in the blink of an eye. Back to school time is in full effect across the nation, and students and families are doing their best to get back into the swing of things. A new school year brings with it new possibilities, but it can be hard to see that when you’re still getting used to the routine all over again. It can take a little while to get the proverbial pep back into the step, but these lucky students were fortunate enough to get a little head start on that - courtesy of a very special guest.

As the Huffington Post shares, former President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at McKinley Tech in Washington, D.C. The former POTUS casually strolled into a class and asked the students if they minded him coming in. After the shock wore off, Obama came right in and spent some time with the stunned students. He was sure to share some words of wisdom that just may help them start the new year off on ther right foot.

“One of the things I did throughout my presidency was I’d meet with groups of young people everywhere I went, whether it was here in the United States or when I was traveling overseas,” Obama said. “Just to kind of hear from them, find out what they’re interested in, because I do believe that most of the problems we have are going to be solved by you.”

That’s a great point, and perfectly well said by Obama. While each generation laments passing the torch due to concerns about changes that they see in the next generation, the reality is that every generation is vastly different. Parents that grew up without the benefit of things like the internet and smartphones now have children of their own, and the world is a very different place from what it was when they were kids.

While generational changes can be scary, it’s important to embrace them and adapt - in both directions. Children can take the lessons from their parents and apply them to the modern world, and parents can recognize that old solutions aren’t always the best choice now that the game has changed. When all parties involved have that mindset, things don’t seem so scary anymore.

As for Obama, he thoroughly enjoyed his time with the students, and he would share videos and photos of his day in school on social media.

“These young people that I met at McKinley Tech today are the reason I'm hopeful about the future. To all the young people headed back to school around the country: Make us proud. You're the next generation of leaders, and we need you,” he wrote.

So will the Obama pop-in become a regular thing at DC-area schools now that the former commander-in-chief has all of that time on his hands? No word on that, but that might be an interesting tool to use to insure students remain in top spirits and on their best behavior.

Source: HuffPost
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