Obama Gives Dodge Elementary A Shout Out -- And Slams Teachers At The Same Time

061209_clintonobama_vlwidecSen. Obama apparently gave a shout out to Dodge in his speech in front of the National Education Association in Philadelphia yesterday -- while at nearly the same time calling teachers out for negative attitudes towards kids. Check it out:

"Over the last few years, I’ve been traveling to different schools and meeting with all kinds of educators to hear about what’s working, what’s not, what makes the difference when it comes to educating children today.  I’ve gained a lot of valuable insight from these visits, but one I’ll always remember is my trip to Dodge Elementary School in my hometown of Chicago," according to his prepared remarks (Remarks of Senator Obama at NEA).  "I was talking to one of the young teachers there about the challenges they faced, and she mentioned what she called the “These Kids Syndrome” - the willingness of society to find a million excuses for why “these kids” can’t learn. It’s the idea that “these kids come from tough backgrounds” or that “these kids are too far behind.” And after awhile, “these kids” become somebody else’s problem.Then she said to me, “When I hear that term, it drives me nuts. They’re not ‘these kids.’ They’re our kids."

Obama and Sen. Clinton and everyone else was there to tell the crowds mostly what they wanted to hear, though not entirely when it comes to charters and merit pay (Vying to be teachers' pet). 

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