Monday, October 27, 2008

Obama disses homeschoolers

This should end some of the earlier chatter about what Obama really thinks about homeschoolers. In a speech in Canton, Ohio, Barack Obama said:
"Now, I don't believe that government can or should try to solve all our problems. I know you don't either. But I do believe that government should do that which we cannot do for ourselves - protect us from harm and provide a decent education for our children;...."(emphasis added)
Thanks, but no thanks, Senator Obama. We don't need your help to solve the problem of providing a decent education for "our" children. As hard as it is for you to believe, over a million homeschool families are doing just fine without your help.

Obama's view of parents is also reflected in his remarks to the American Federation of Teachers that teachers are the most important factor in a child's life:
"Real change is finally giving our kids everything they need to have a fighting chance in today's world. That begins with recognizing that the single most important factor in determining a child's achievement is not the color of their skin or where they come from; it's not who their parents are or how much money they have. It's who their teacher is." (emphasis added)
Sherry at Semicolon has an excellent list of Obama "in his own words."

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