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Monday, November 24, 2008

Change You Can Believe In!

From the WSJ today:

The Sidwell Choice
The Obama family leads by example.

Michelle and Barack Obama have settled on a Washington, D.C., school for their daughters, and you will not be surprised to learn it is not a public institution. Malia, age 10, and seven-year-old Sasha will attend the Sidwell Friends School, the private academy that educates the children of much of Washington's elite.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden's grandchildren attend Sidwell -- as did Chelsea Clinton -- where tuition is close to $30,000 a year. The Obama girls have been students at the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where tuition runs above $21,000. "A number of great schools were considered," said Katie McCormick Lelyveld, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Obama. "In the end, the Obamas selected the school that was the best fit for what their daughters need right now."

Note the word "selected," as in made a choice. The Obamas are fortunate to have the means to send their daughters to private school, and no one begrudges them that choice given that Washington's public schools are among the worst in America.

Most D.C. parents would also love to be able to choose a better school for their child, but they lack the financial means to do so. The Washington Opportunity Scholarship Program each year offers up to $7,500 to some 1,900 kids to attend private schools, but Democrats in Congress want to kill it. Average family income for kids in the voucher program is about $22,000.

Mr. Obama says he opposes such vouchers, because "although it might benefit some kids at the top, what you're going to do is leave a lot of kids at the bottom." The example of his own children refutes that: The current system offers plenty of choice to kids "at the top" while abandoning those at the bottom.

Change you can believe in - unless it's change to our wonderful education system. We'll keep that just the way it is because
  1. The Teachers Union is very powerful and can really turn out the vote
  2. Indoctrination centers are important for the future of our country
  3. Actual learning which provides children with the faculties to think for themselves is dangerous to the republic
  4. How could we get elected in the future if students actually had the skills to become productive, self-sufficient citizens instead of serfs of the state?
That is all...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (2)
Clay said...

You say the Obama's are fortunate to have the means to send their kids there. I am hoping this isn't an expense we are left to eat kind of like the $700 billion that is now $700 trillion. Am I correct that the Obama's pay the tuition. That's all I really care about. If the taxpayers are eating this, then it needs to be broadcasted as such, especially since so many American families have no other alternative than to enroll their children in public schools that are failing in many parts of education.

St Wendeler said...

I think the Obama's significant wealth (he really is a man of the people, tho) would more than cover this expense and I don't think they get to just send the check to the US treasury.

The Europeans don't have as ridiculous a education funding system as the US. In Belgium, the funding is allocated per student and they can decide which school fits their needs.

The US? It would seem that we're content with a 19th/20th century system (including time off during the summer for agricultural chores!) instead of pushing for real change.