Sidwell Friends School as Rorschach test
My colleague Michael Birnbaum's great story about demonstrators descending on the Sidwell Friends School because of the First Family's presence proves once again that people see in famous schools---as they do in Hollywood celebrities or sports stars or religious leaders---what they want to see. My new column on the late education media critic Gerald W. Bracey also deals with Sidwell. Bracey thought it was an example of a great school with a teaching system that is very different, and better, than what President Obama wants for regular schools. He asked why Obama was willing to settle for less for schools that don't educate his daughters. I think this was a rare moment when Bracey, a great skeptic, failed to visit the school, as I have many times, and found its methods to be no different from what Obama is pushing for.
| November 13, 2009; 1:38 PM ET
Categories: Jay on the Web | Tags: Sidwell Friends School; Gerald W. Bracey; President Obama's daughters; private vs. public schools
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