Educational Editorial: Obama and public vs. private schools

By Dr. Bill Bosher, NBC12 Educational Specialist

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - ­Jay Mathews, a columnist for the Washington Post, offered a piece on Monday saying, "Obama is wrong about the D.C. schools."

He noted that in an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer President Barack Obama said that there was not a school in D.C. that matched the education that his daughters were getting at Sidwell Friends, a private school.

Mathews noted that he too was a Sidwell parent and that the President was wrong. He cited D.C. schools that validated his assumption and concluded by saying that the President seemed to realize before the interview was over that he had made a mistake.

Perhaps the real question is, "What did the President come to realize?"…that he was arrogant and wrong about the schools or that he had just turned up the heat on his own kettle.

While I have always advocated choices for families and competition, President Obama, whether he realizes it or not, has made a mistake that is common to parents who only know the public schools through the media, polls, or the marketing of its competitors.

In reality, public school parents make the same mistake about private and home schools. We talk with limited facts!

This week's NBC "Education Nation" panel was, according to Rick Ayers in the Post, originally scheduled to be called "Does Education Need a Katrina."

As an advocate of accountability, we need earnestly to analyze and confront the real and obvious problems in many of our schools.

And now, "Waiting for Superman" is showing in "selected" movie theaters…a piece about reforming education…co written by Billy Kimball who got his start writing for the Harvard Lampoon, Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, and the Ha! Network…Are we suppose to laugh or cry?

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