Why The Obamas Should Teach

The Washington Post has published a blog by Howard Gardner and Jim Reese (director of the Washington International School) titled “Why the Obamas should consider teaching in an urban public school after 2016.”

Appearing in Valerie Strauss’s “Answer Sheet” column, the article makes the case that Barack and Michelle Obama would benefit the American education system by teaching, as their commitment would bring attention to the challenges facing average schools in cities across the country. Teaching is a challenging profession, and the Obamas would have to prepare for their new jobs, be supervised by others unintimidated to do so, and attend to the day-to-day operations of the classroom. However, should they choose to teach, Barack and Michelle’s action may help to bring about a priority shift that aims to bring quality education to every child, not just to those who can afford it or are lucky enough to live in a district with exceptional schools.

Read the full article here via Answer Sheet.

This article was also translated into Portuguese, available here.


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