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Will The Obama’s Lead by Example?

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I’m curious to see what they do as far as their girls schooling, and if they chose Private School I’m curious to see if there will be any backlash by those who find out “The Messiah” talks out of both sides of his mouth on most issues.

Give public schools a chance

Barack Obama made history as America’s first African-American president. He now has a chance to shatter another historic White House convention — as the first chief executive in three decades to send his children to a local public school.

Such a decision would have more than mere symbolic importance. The District of Columbia’s troubled system has come a long way since little Amy Carter attended Thaddeus Stevens Elementary, and even a scouting visit by the first family to some of our city’s outstanding public and public-charter schools would validate education-reform efforts here and across the nation.

Want language instruction? Strong John Thomson Elementary, a few blocks northeast of the Oval Office, offers Chinese. Value diversity? At E. L. Haynes Public Charter School, children of all cultures and income levels engage in hands-on learning, and math proficiency has surged by double digits.

Buried in the bad publicity about Washington’s dysfunctional system is the fact that our top public school students can go head-to-head with America’s best. They win National History Day competitions and get snapped up by Ivy League colleges, often with millions in scholarships. Every official from our mayor on down is focused on promoting further excellence and achievement.

Like any Washington couple, Barack and Michelle Obama naturally want the best learning environment for their children. Politics aside, they could not have landed in a better town for “education consumers.” We are the country’s petri dish for school choice. Scores of traditional public school students crisscross the city each day for classrooms far beyond their neighborhood boundaries.

True, Washington also boasts some of the USA’s top private schools, and as parents whose children have attended public, charter, parochial and private schools, we understand the difficult choice the Obamas face. However, no private option offers President-elect Obama a personal reality check on the No Child Left Behind mandates he campaigned to reform. Public school parents see test-prep squeezing out art. They push for quality.

As the law’s reauthorization looms, what better crash course on its impact than to have kids in the trenches? Now that would be a change any family can believe in.

Robert C. Bobb is president of the District of Columbia’s Board of Education. Board member Mary Lord’s district includes the White House.

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The Truth Tracker
Jason R. Bootie

Written by truthtracker

November 13, 2008 at 4:02 AM

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  1. The Secret Service may have a significant role in choosing the Obama girls’ school. As children of the POTUS they are significant security risks. A private school is probably easier to secure and, in D.C., more accommodating of the Secret Service Detail charged with protecting the girls. In this case security trumps all other considerations. I did not vote for the President elect, won’t vote for him in the future and will probably oppose most of his programs but I would not want to see those two girls endangered in any way.


    November 13, 2008 at 4:51 AM

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