President Barack Obama said in an interview on September 27, 2010 on the Today Show that Washington D.C. public schools would not provide his children Sasha and Malia Obama with a good enough education.
Instead, the Obama’s decided that the best education could be received at the private Sidwell Friends School. So what is it about Sidwell Friends School that attracted President Obama, who said there is no more important issue than education to our nation and its children?
Perhaps its because this private school is the best at pointing out just what they have that most public schools sadly do not; a combination of recommendations from prestigious alumni, a community-centered curriculum and an enviable school environment.
Word of Mouth: Sidwell Friends School has educated many in the Obama’s circle of friends. According to the powerful people watchdog website Muckety, Vice President Biden’s three grandchildren also go there, former President Clinton’s daughter Chelsea and former Vice President Al Gore’s son, among others, also went to Sidwell Friends School.
Communication & Community Opportunities: Sidwell Friends School is a Quaker school that emphasizes values of ethics, equality and social justice in its education structure, according to its website. There is support provided to Sidwell Friends School students in the form of counselors and health professionals. While many public schools have teachers doubling as counselors and students set on a tract of classes regardless of their interests.
Included in the Sidwell Friends School education are opportunities for community involvement through weekly speakers, and many travel and volunteerism programs. At public schools, an assembly was something that happened just several times a year and it was likely a lame “don’t do drugs” dance team or an outdated film telling you what to do in the event of a fire drill. And do I even need to mention leaving during a public school day to do community service? Please, it would never happen.
Feeding Good Learning: Good food feeds good education in our children and private schools are offering some of the best foods available to feed the country’s most privileged young minds. The lunch menu at Sidwell Friends School is very different from any that I’ve ever seen provided in a public school environment. There’s no “mystery meat” and if you see French fries on the menu it’s usually only about once a month. Instead, the private Sidwell Friends School’s menu emphasizes that much of the food is local, and in season, organic or all natural. More vegetables are offered in a day at the private Sidwell Friends School than what many public schools provide all week.
So, if you think the rich and privileged are exposed to the best and have all the advantages right from the beginning, you’re right and all you have to do is look at the differences in our school systems to prove it. The sad fact is that the best education is only open to a very small percentage of students in this country and until public schools catch on and catch up to even a bit of what private schools offer, the United States is never going to be a serious competitor in the global marketplace when it comes to educating our nation of children.
The Today Show. www.today.msnbc.msn.com
Malia and Sasha to join elite student body at Sidwell Friends. A.James Memmott. Muckety News.
Sidwell Friends School. www.sidwell.edu