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So, how do they educate the children at Stilwell Friends, where Obama's children are attending?
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Are Obama's children being administered the same tests as the children who attend public schools? After all, he claims to be a firm believer in those infinite infernal tests that children have to go through in public schools these days. So, what about Sidwell Friends where Chelsea Clinton and Obama's children attend? What is the program there:

Here goes:

Sidwell Friends Lower School is dedicated to educating the mind, body, and spirit of each child with special emphasis on the Quaker principles of dignity, self-worth, and reverence for life. We treasure our diverse backgrounds; we stress acceptance of differences; we emphasize cooperation with and concern for others; and we encourage a sense of commitment toward the larger community. Above all, we prize the unique worth of each individual.

We seek to provide a challenging curriculum with flexibility to meet the needs of each student. We believe that to be effective, education must be founded on secure mastery of basic skills, taught not only in isolation but also in integration with one another. We place strong emphasis on reading, personal expression of ideas through speaking and writing, and the mastery of computational and problem solving skills. We also encourage scientific exploration, artistic creativity, physical activity, second language acquisition, and technology as a tool for learning. In every area we stress independent thinking and judgments balanced by receptivity to the ideas of others.

Our high expectations for academic achievement are balanced with a growing awareness of others. We seek to develop in our students a broader sense of the world and the obligation to perform service to others. We want children to realize the importance of standing up for their own beliefs, as well as the value of quiet reflection.

Our school atmosphere is informal and friendly. Although the styles of teaching vary, we recognize and respect different learning styles and are united in our commitment to reach each child. Our faculty is excited about education and constantly learning and growing. They show children a caring community by working together and respecting one another. In addition they strive to reach consensus on issues that affect them.

We believe in the Inner Light in every individual and hope to nurture well-rounded, curious, self-respecting, and friendly children.

http://www.sidwell.edu/lower_school/academics/index.asp ...

When I googled Sidwell Friends and test scores -- I got their page on sports scores.

And when I looked further, this is what I found:

Sidwell Friends School is instituting ImPact baseline testing to detect concussions in our high school student-athletes.
The ImPact Sports Concussion program will be led by Dr. Gerard Gioia,
director of the SCORE Concussion program at Children's National Medical Center. He will work closely with you and Sidwell Friends School certified athletic trainer, coaches, school personnel, and your designated primary care physician. While we do not want to overly alarm parents or student-athletes, a concussion is a serious injury to the brain that must be treated properly. This program strengthens our commitment to keeping your student=athlete safe.

more

http://www.sidwell.edu/data/files/gallery/AthleticsFile ...

Maybe the Sidwell Friends students are tested and they just don't publish the scores or talk about it on their website.

But what is good enough for America's public schools ought to be good enough for Sidwell Friends, don't you think? I'm sure the Sidwell Friends students would score at the very top of the nation. Considering who their parents are for the most part, that should be the case. But still if the Obamas want to test America's children, wouldn't you think they would want to test their own????

I'd like to see how they would react if their children were being taught how to take tests rather than how to learn and develop themselves as individuals.
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  -So, how do they educate the children at Stilwell Friends, where Obama's children are attending? JDPriestly  Aug-03-10 10:06 PM   #0 
  - That's totally unfair of you to post  MannyGoldstein   Aug-03-10 10:09 PM   #1 
  - I just hope they instill the Quaker value of pacifism in the Obama girls  dflprincess   Aug-03-10 10:12 PM   #2 
  - Is there a Race to the Top at Sidwell Friends?  proud2BlibKansan   Aug-03-10 10:13 PM   #3 
  - those folks *are* the top. the "race" for the rest = hamster wheel.  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 03:08 AM   #54 
  - I think if you will recall, when making the decision it was because  Bitwit1234   Aug-03-10 10:16 PM   #4 
  - It's about resentment....which never dies.  DFLforever   Aug-03-10 10:19 PM   #5 
  - Gee I can't imagine why. The nerve of someone pointing out that the President's  Raineyb   Aug-03-10 10:32 PM   #10 
  - You prove my point.  DFLforever   Aug-03-10 10:38 PM   #14 
     - Crabs in a bucket, pulling each other back down, cursing the one that got out.  Hekate   Aug-04-10 01:20 AM   #23 
     - You couldn't be more wrong if you were a Republican.  Raineyb   Aug-04-10 09:49 AM   #37 
     - No; it's about whether B.O. wants others to have what he wants for his own.  snot   Aug-04-10 02:03 PM   #47 
     - your metaphor has some unpleasant implications which reflect badly on obama;  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 03:14 AM   #57 
     - And you prove mine.  Raineyb   Aug-04-10 09:37 AM   #31 
     - +1  SammyWinstonJack   Aug-04-10 09:51 AM   #39 
     - dupe  SammyWinstonJack   Aug-04-10 09:51 AM   #40 
     - +100. disgusting, elitist, anti-democratic hypocrisy & arrogance.  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 03:16 AM   #58 
     - +1  leftstreet   Aug-05-10 12:39 PM   #72 
     - ....  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 03:11 AM   #56 
  - No. It's about whether the goal of education in the school the Obamas  JDPriestly   Aug-04-10 02:03 AM   #24 
  - No it's not.  SammyWinstonJack   Aug-04-10 09:49 AM   #36 
  - yeah, really, how dare anyone point out that elites are ever-ready to subject  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 03:11 AM   #55 
  - Damn straight it's resentment.  Gormy Cuss   Aug-06-10 09:46 AM   #79 
  - I don't see what that has to do with whether they are subject to standardized testing. nt  laughingliberal   Aug-03-10 10:34 PM   #11 
  - On the other hand, I think that the Obamas are unrealistic about what works in  pnwmom   Aug-04-10 02:31 AM   #27 
  - the policies at sidwell friends are NOTHING like the reign of discipline & punish obama's pushing in  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 03:20 AM   #59 
  - No one is criticizing Obama fort this--just pointing out  eridani   Aug-04-10 05:19 AM   #30 
  - Just, wow!  daligirrl   Aug-03-10 10:20 PM   #6 
  - My hubby just went to a staff meeting  Mojorabbit   Aug-03-10 10:20 PM   #7 
  - The concussion testing is a great idea. I hope that all schools institute it  JDPriestly   Aug-04-10 02:05 AM   #25 
     - we don't have sports programs anymore. no time, too much testing.  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 03:21 AM   #60 
  - I guess the Clinton's recommendation persuaded them?  izzybeans   Aug-03-10 10:22 PM   #8 
  - Yes, but the overall school score is posted from the tests...and schools are graded now.  SugarShack   Aug-03-10 10:36 PM   #13 
  - So we know that sidwell tests its kids like every other school. eom  izzybeans   Aug-03-10 10:42 PM   #15 
     - no, they don't.  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 03:23 AM   #61 
  - Do you think that Sidwell Friends administers the same tests that  JDPriestly   Aug-04-10 02:23 AM   #26 
  - Same shit, different Democratic administration  Dogmudgeon   Aug-03-10 10:31 PM   #9 
  - We are not, nor will we ever be, in that club. nt  asdjrocky   Aug-03-10 10:35 PM   #12 
  - your kids can go to Sidwell on financial aid if they qualify. The school is not just for richies  wordpix   Aug-04-10 09:47 AM   #34 
     - The OP really wasn't about getting into that school. It's about "doing as I say  Lorien   Aug-04-10 12:35 PM   #46 
     - "if they qualify" "deserving kids" -- are there undeserving kids?  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 03:37 AM   #65 
  - "we recognize and respect different learning styles"...oooh  madfloridian   Aug-03-10 10:48 PM   #16 
  - Osmosis? Telepathy?  Electric Monk   Aug-03-10 10:51 PM   #17 
  - I am as disillusioned as any other old-time liberal Quaker, but please,  enough   Aug-03-10 10:58 PM   #18 
  - Then they should let teachers treat students as individuals.  madfloridian   Aug-03-10 11:12 PM   #19 
  - I agree. And if wealthy parents can choose to send their children to schools  JDPriestly   Aug-04-10 02:53 AM   #28 
  - At $32,069 each  Riftaxe   Aug-03-10 11:34 PM   #20 
  - $9089.98.  LWolf   Aug-04-10 11:30 AM   #44 
     - $66,449 is what the average  Riftaxe   Aug-05-10 09:36 PM   #75 
     - I used state figures, not local, so the per-pupil spending  LWolf   Aug-06-10 09:38 AM   #77 
     - Since you seem interested as an educator  Riftaxe   Aug-05-10 10:05 PM   #76 
        - My kids attended a school without walls for a few years in the 80s.  LWolf   Aug-06-10 09:44 AM   #78 
  - All of you should have their safety in mind as well as the lives of public school kids...  Hekate   Aug-04-10 12:07 AM   #21 
  - No one is criticizing the fact that Obama sends his children to Sidwell Friends.  JDPriestly   Aug-04-10 02:57 AM   #29 
  - hold on, O inherited a bad public system. Sidwell can give him a model for turning  wordpix   Aug-04-10 09:44 AM   #32 
     - But if a public school in DC wanted to adopt those same programs,  proud2BlibKansan   Aug-04-10 02:28 PM   #48 
     - Actually, the School Without Walls has a similar attitude about a lot of things  Recursion   Aug-04-10 03:52 PM   #49 
        - LOL give it time  proud2BlibKansan   Aug-04-10 06:01 PM   #51 
        - Or, they realize teaching to the test doesn't work  Recursion   Aug-05-10 02:57 AM   #52 
           - or, they skim off the top 5% & give them an elite education to prove how the american  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 03:39 AM   #66 
              - Yeah, I said it's a magnet  Recursion   Aug-05-10 08:05 AM   #67 
                 - the "deserving" poor can have a good education, doncha know?  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 11:27 AM   #70 
        - school without walls has entrance exams.  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 03:34 AM   #64 
           - So does Sidwell Friends  Recursion   Aug-05-10 10:45 AM   #68 
              - yes, my point entirely. only for the "deserving".  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 11:25 AM   #69 
                 - I don't understand... are you against magnet schools?  Recursion   Aug-05-10 12:26 PM   #71 
                    - i don't see why "high-schieving kids" should get better schools than "low-achieving" ones, no.  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 04:09 PM   #73 
     - lol. that has to be the most naive post today. HE DOESN'T WANT TO TURN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AROUND.  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 03:29 AM   #63 
     - oh yeah - that would go over real well with the GP  mzteris   Aug-05-10 04:16 PM   #74 
  - You deliberately miss the point.  Raineyb   Aug-04-10 09:46 AM   #33 
  - throw as much straw as you like, call as many names as you like.  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 03:28 AM   #62 
  - amazing how none of the "rules" apply to those who apply the rules.  bbgrunt   Aug-04-10 01:18 AM   #22 
  - Isn't it?  SammyWinstonJack   Aug-04-10 09:55 AM   #42 
  - What's "Stilwell?"  Sparkly   Aug-04-10 09:49 AM   #35 
  - The school's name is Sidwell Friends - the post-er got it wrong  wordpix   Aug-04-10 09:50 AM   #38 
     - Okay -- I didn't know if it was some inside joke I didn't get.  Sparkly   Aug-04-10 09:51 AM   #41 
  - Recommend  xchrom   Aug-04-10 10:20 AM   #43 
  - Their children aren't being taught how to become worker drones who never  Lorien   Aug-04-10 12:30 PM   #45 
  - LOL, the RICH have never had a problem...  bvar22   Aug-04-10 04:05 PM   #50 
  - that's only for rich kids. poor kids don't deserve that kind of education.  Hannah Bell   Aug-05-10 03:05 AM   #53 
 

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