The Answer Sheet: Sidwell Friends school

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 10/11/2010

Obama, the 'Superman' movie flack?

President Obama is welcoming to the White House the five young students who star in "Waiting for Superman." Thank you, Mr. President, for drawing more attention to the tendentious movie. The $2 million given by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote the movie apparently wasn't enough.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:48 PM ET, 10/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Charter schools, Charter schools | Tags:  davis guggenheim, kids and obama, matt lauer, obama, obama and sidwell, obama daughters, president obama, sidwell friends school, students go to white house, superman film, superman kids, superman kids at white house, superman movie, waiting for superman, white house

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 01/21/2010

Sidwell Friends scandal

If you ever labored under the illusion that kids who attend fancy private schools that cost $30,000 a year are any more insulated from scandal than anyone else, the arrest of a veteran Sidwell Friends School teacher on sexual abuse charges should dispel you of it. Year after year, bad things are reported at elite private schools, just like they are at public schools. Private school students have been caught printing counterfeit money to cover gambling debts, running mini prostitute rings; private school administrators have been caught stealing money, sleeping with students, and even committing murder. Human behavior--and misbehavior--doesn't stop at the walls of any elite institution. Any of the people connected with any of the expensive private schools have no bigger claim to a higher morality than anybody else. Attendance means nothing but the ability to attend.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:08 AM ET, 01/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Private Schools | Tags:  Sidwell Friends school, private schools

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 11/11/2009

What should schools do when they become the target of hate groups?

Some Washington area schools are being targeted for protests by an extremist church from Kansas whose website attacks gays, blacks, Jews and other minorities, as well as any whites who manage to get along with them. On Monday, Westboro Baptist Church members protested at private Sidwell School in the District, where President Obama’s two daughters attend. Yesterday it was Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School in Montgomery County because, the church website says, the school has a diversity club.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 11/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Civics Education, Civics Education | Tags:  Sidwell Friends School, hate groups