Invoking the good old days of the neighborhood school is nothing new, but this is the first time I'd heard Michelle Obama talk about it -- thanks to my mom, who saw it live on CSPAN yesterday and told me about it this morning. Obama starts talking at about the 32:00 mark, and talks about neighborhood schools at about 36:00:
"There was nothing miraculous about my life. I went to the neighborhood schools around the corner. When you look at me, I don't want you to see the next First Lady. I want you to see what an investment in public education looks like."
I know she graduated from Whitney Young in 1981, and Wikipedia says she
skipped second grade. Anyone know where she went to elementary?
Of course, Obama now sends her children to a private one -- an issue that many educators struggle with.
She also goes on to say that NCLB is "sucking the life out of our teachers, our children are being tested to death, and college is becoming a dream."
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