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If you don’t think our dynamic American education system of public and private schools, colleges, and universities matters… If you don’t think that parents and grandparents reading to their children and grandchildren and pushing them to excel in learning matters… If you don’t think inspirational teachers, counselors, and mentors matter… If you don’t think Pell Grants and Student Loans matter… You’re not paying attention: Love or hate his politics, Barack Obama’s story is not possible in any other country. Moreover, his path to the presidency shows clearly that even with all of our challenges, in America, education remains one of the most powerful pathways to possibilities. We have a lot of work to do to make it more effective, more open, more dynamic, more modern, and more responsive. However, we have to keep in mind how important it really is. President-Elect Obama puts that fact in clear relief. So if the question about American education is: “does it matter?” The resounding response must be: YES IT DOES!