Why Can't the Obama's Send their Kids to Public School

9 years ago


Apparently the Obama's send their daughters to a private school
I find it tre interesting that we are questioning whether 
his daughters should go to private or public school
and what it says about Senator Obama as a leader
when we don't question the decisions of our elected leaders, 
school teachers and administrators to send not send  their 
children to the public schools that they work for.
Chicago schools have been in the news lately.
Last week, in order to bring attention to the inequity in school
and headed to a suburban school district and attempted to 
enroll to shed light on inequitable funding between school
districts. In New Trier, a suburb, spending tops at $17K per student,
whereas in Chicago, it tops off at $10,400K per student.
In light of this funding discrepancy, why is Senator Obama
expected to send his kids to schools, that teachers,
white Teachers (the majority of public school teachers in this country
are white women) would never send their children to?
I am torn on this. As a product of both public and private institutions
they both have their merits and drawbacks. What I do know, is
that education is expensive, and that until we acknowledge that
nothing will be done and analyze why what stops folks from
acting, nothing meaningful will be done.
I also know that failure creates jobs and that people would 
rather talk about "a culture of poverty" rather than about
how many people pay their mortgages off of jobs related
to the academic failure of low income students.
As parents, we all want to give our children better than what we had.
However, public servants are obligated to serve not only their families
interests but the interests of the public as well.
Perhaps, the question then becomes, where does Obama's public life
end and his private life began.
Rather than be interested in where the Obama daughters attend school,
perhaps we should be more interested in how inequitable schools are 
funded in Chicago between low income districts and affluence districts.
Providing quality education to all is a benchmark of a healthy democracy.
As a rule, I listen to a persons words, and I also watch their actions.
It is clear that commenter's are interested "they own", the rest be damned.
It ain't blatant neglect, but it is neglect just the same.
Look at the following comments it appears that folks want a better 
educational system. In the meantime, their children are enrolled 
in Chicago Day Prep school. No time for fake ones. Check out some 
of the comments for the Times article,
"Any parent who doesn't send their child to the school that best
meets their needs is irresponsible"
"I am not a believer in sacrificing my child for the potential- but not
certain- benefit for society"
"Children are not the sacrificial lambs for the greater good. As someone
who attended public school all her life, and managed to get into and 
graduate from The University of Chicago...I would have loved to have
attended the Lab School". 
What would happen of all the parents of students at underfunded schools
said that they wouldn't send them there any longer unless they were funded equitably.
Logistically, it would be a nightmare, but it would sure bring attention to the situation.
Black people in this country have a had a real tenuous relationship with 
education. Throughout history, we have always been fighting to learn.
At first it was illegal for us to read. Then we were allowed to read 
but in our sub par schools, just the same, we made do with what we had.
Then the schools were "desegregated", but first little Black boys and
girls had to be escorted to schools by the national guard because racists
where not interested in going to school with them.
Implicit in the spirit of many of the commenter's messages from the 
quoted above is that the lives of some children are worth more than others.
stated that only 32 percent of Black men enrolled in high school in
New York graduated on schedule. Yes. 32 percent. If this is the case in
New York City, then I wonder what the case is in say, LA, Chicago, 
Baltimore and Philly.
The bottom line is until we treat the education of ALL children the way 
we treat the education of "our" children the 2008 Jim Crow system of 
education will persist.
As long as we have two educational systems we will have two America's.
Where is the Democracy in that?
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