Scandalous Scholastics - Gym Class Heroes (mp3)
As someone who feels incredibly well-versed on many of the big issues involving education both public and independent (or, if you must, "private"), accusing Obama of hypocrisy for not sending his children into the educational equivalent of the Anbar Province is... well, it's stupid. To conclude, because he sends his daughters to an independent school, that Obama doesn't care about improving our country's public schools is sophistic and insulting. (NOTE: Thank you, Cal Thomas, for always making it easy for a liberal to find a moron arguing the other side.)
The easy and dangerous hypocritical comparison is between education and war. Lefties like myself find it nauseating that our country's biggest war-mongers -- "neo-hawks," "doofuses," whatever descriptor works for you -- always conveniently managed to avoid military service. And they rarely seem willing to let their children serve in a military capacity. They won't put their money where their mouth is, unless they're in a hotel room or an airport bathroom stall. (Yes, that was a cheap blow, but it was fun... and that's what SHE (or he) said!)
Paying tuition for Sidwell Friends isn't going to make Barack anti-public schools. If anything, getting that bill will help fuel his belief that it sure would be nice if he could help Michelle Rhee out and get that public system in tip-top shape.
For the school and war issue to be on par, one would have to express grave concerns about how well our soldiers are trained, which, to my knowledge, is not in question for most people. Most reasonable minds believe U.S. military training is fine if not stellar. Most reasonable minds merely question the fact that our poorest citizens make up the lion's share of our fighting forces.
We are sending our military personnel into harm's way believing that they are as reasonably prepared for what comes next as can be arranged. But we are not sending children into our schools reasonably prepared for what happens in those buildings. The school is supposed to be their training ground, but instead, all too often, it's their hot zone, and their training is found wanting.
If you think the Ford Pinto is in need of serious reform, and you support that reform, it doesn't mean you should be obligated to purchase and drive Ford Pintos. You can still drive your Lexus or VW (yay Chattanooga!) and enthusiastically support Pinto Reform. I'm sure Obama will screw up plenty while in office, but putting his girls in Sidwell Friends ain't a mistake, and it ain't hypocritical.
"Scandalous Scholastics" is from the album As Cruel As School Children and can be purchased at iTunes or on Amazon.com's mp3 download site. Soldier picture taken from the following web site: www.defendamerica.mil. Please notify if the picture violates copyright, and I will remove it.