The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

September 19, 2013

Convocation speaker focused on education

OSKALOOSA — Education was the focus of Fall Convocation this year.

Ronald N. Langston, owner of Langston Global Enterprises, delivered the Fall Convocation address at George Daily Community Auditorium on Tuesday.

Langston said he wanted to focus his remarks on education. He said people must continue to value education as the path to social, economic and political upward mobility.

Langston said he recently joined the debate in favor of the national core curriculum standards.

“I am here today to double down on my support for those standards,” said Langston, adding that education must be a national priority.

Graduation rates, both nationally and in Iowa, as well as college preparedness statistics were also discussed by Langston Tuesday.

“If the data is accurate, the nation has an education challenge,” said Langston.

Financial aid for college should be available and easily accessible to students of need, noted Langston.

Langston said he firmly believes that a liberal arts education is a “solid foundation” to a well-educated and informed citizen.

During his address, Langston also spoke about preparing young people for the work force whether it’s through getting a PhD. or graduating from a technical school.

Iowa has a “great legacy” when it comes to education, noted Langston. He also pointed to the fact that Iowa is the first in the nation when it comes to the presidential caucus.

Langston went on to note that Penn students need to be leaders for education.

“The nation needs you to boldly spread the word that education is cool, knowledge is power and, in life, you never, never stop learning,” he said.

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