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    marleycat, Augustine, CrissieP

    No family should be required to use their children as political pawns or political guinea pigs.

    There are reasons beyond testing for Obama, like some of his predecessors, to choose to send his children to a private school in D.C. such as security and their personal privacy.

    Malia and Sasha did not choose the scrutiny they live under and their lives should not be controlled by their father's politics.

    •  But you're okay with them... (14+ / 0-)

      ...using other people's children as political pawns and political guinea pigs?

      Because that's what's happening right now. The politicians are inflicting these completely untested and unproven "innovations" on other people's kids, while shielding their own from them.

      Even as President Obama decries high-stakes standardized tests and says that they shouldn't be used to punish or close schools, and even as he praises the way Sidwell Friends approaches these tests as low-stakes ways to determine what each individual kid needs to work on, his Education Department is proposing more standardized tests and more decisions about which teachers to fire and which schools to close based on the results of those tests.

      I agree that Malia and Sasha Obama deserve a normal life... and I'll admit them as an exception (and probably not the best example I could have used) because of their father's position and their unique needs in terms of security, profile, etc. I certainly wouldn't want the paparazzi waiting outside Harriet Tubman Elementary in Columbia Heights because the Obama daughters are in class... to say nothing of the risk of kidnapping or whatever else. That makes sense.

      But I've never seen the children of Arne Duncan or the House or Senate leadership on TV. They can go to DC's public schools, the very schools that are usually the subject of Congress and the Administration's little experiments, in relative anonymity. So why don't they?

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