Allahpundit blogged at Hot Air Michelle believes very strongly in the value of public education, mind you. Just not for her kids.
Lelyveld said that while public schools were considered, the Obamas felt that a private school was in the best interest of their children.
Children of elite parents used to an elite private school should not be exposed to the riff raff in the public school system, especially in the poor Washington DC system. School Choice is a good thing there. Why can't the other blacks in Washington DC get the same right? Would this be because they might go to the private Sidwell Friends School, alma mater of former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, and now Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, will be attending the Quaker school. I know the Obamas left their church of 20 years, but did they become Quakers?The two girls currently attend the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where Michelle Obama is on the board. Michelle Obama went to public schools on Chicago’s South Side, and undestands the importance of strong public schools, Lelyveld said, and the administration plans to work hard on that issue…
For everyone else's kids.The quality of the school and its extra security make Sidwell Friends a good choice, said Letitia Baldrige, who was Jackie Kennedy’s social secretary and chief of staff during the Kennedy administration. Caroline Kennedy attended first grade in a makeshift third-floor classroom inside the White House.I’d say something snarky but I’ve been informed by my betters
President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle “have every right” to send their children to public or private school, and no one should “criticize” their decision, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), said in an interview with CNSNews.com on Monday at the National Press Club.
Does that apply to everyone, i.e. do you now support School Choice, or does that only apply to rich Black parents?Democratic Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack echoed Weingarten’s comments at the conference, telling CNSNews.com that “it’s a very personal decision” that the president-elect and his wife need to make and the issue “should not be subject to criticism or comment.”
Wall Street Journal reports Michelle Rhee, chancellor of the Washington, D.C. schools, who is speaking truth to teacher-union power to shake up one of the nation's worst education systems said "Tenure is the holy grail of teacher unions, but it has no educational value for kids; it only benefits adults." Do you agree with Rhee?
The Christian Science Monitor said Barack Obama needs to .... be as a "science president," supporting basic research and science education that will benefit the public good long after he leaves office. What good will that do if we keep graduating kids not qualified in Science and Mathematics?
We have just been through 8 years of criticism about Bush for everything he did, did not do, said, or did not say, and a very long election season when pot shots were fired at many other Republicans. Why is it no longer our place to criticize. If Obama had truly opposed School Choice all the time, rather than supporting it when talking to people that wanted it, and opposing when talking to teachers, it would be one thing. But he was a true politician when running for office.The AFT endorsed Obama for president in July. On the campaign trail, Obama spoke out against school choice and vouchers for children in households of any income level.
Sometimes, and other times spoke out of the other side of his mouth.that it’s wrong to criticize The One for hypocrisy on this point because, and I quote, “none of us knows what it’s like to be a president of the United States of America or a president-elect.” There’s video at the link; do bear it in mind the next time you get the urge to object to anything he says or does.
Chelsea Clinton went to this same school, incidentally, which is perfectly in keeping with the blueprint Obama’s followed thus far. Here’s an actual e-card I sent to our favorite liberal a few days ago. Share it with a Democrat you love.