Obama in Preschool Land


by David Safier

I'm a sucker for photos of Obama with children. When he's around kids, "No Drama Obama" turns into a Wild Thing, and he pretends to be caught in a young Spiderman's web. He lights up and gets in touch with his inner goofy.

Talking Points Memo has 7 photos from Obama's visit to a Georgia preschool today. Two are below. (And I have to add a description of one of the photos, where the most powerful man in the world "walked over to group of kids who were playing with blocks, and asked, 'Can I help?' The children greeted him and asked him to play with them.")

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  1. Thanks for the links, Azazello. Rhee is very protest-worthy. The more the better. I know about that tax credit that benefits people who own charters in certain areas, but I’ll see what Teacherken (Smart guy!) has to say about it.

  2. Thanks as always for the link, Cheri. I’ve just skimmed it, but it looks like charter schools all over the country are cherry-picking their students.

  3. Another read for you…


    We all know that there has been a movement in this country for the last 20 years to dismantle the very idea of public education and that it has led us to a place where a privately-run, unaccountable, sometimes-corporate Charter School is being touted as the answer. Some established, proven Charters (like many Public schools) are perfectly good schools, but if you’ve done any real homework, you have to know that these legions of new schools are just as likely to fail your kids as any public school, and that, often, these untried schools are (by law) allowed to paw through public school assets just to get started. I also know you don’t really care that much about all that, as long as your kid gets in to that glorious, safe place of magic.

    Because, the Myth. And the Myth works both ways. You believe that you can find your utopian classroom at Private or a Charter just as strongly as you also believe that Public is worn-out, peeling, colorless, and filled with society’s poor and unwashed all studying day after day to take a single standardized test.

    Read the whole thing…