One of the many questions about the future Obama presidency is, “Where he will send his children to school?” The girls currently go to a private school in Chicago. Now that they will be in Washington D.C, one of the worst school districts in the country, there is much speculation about where they will attend.
There are some who say that our president-elect should send his children to public school since he such a large proponent of public school reform. In particular, he supports charter schools. If he doesn’t send his children to public schools, is he being hypocritical? How can he possibly understand the needs of schools if he’s not directly involved in them?
Then, there are several private schools he could send his daughters too. They’d certainly be more safe from crazy people who would want to hurt them. And they would certainly suffer less from “celebrity” status at an expensive private school. There is also the issue of actually getting his daughters the best education he can, and that won’t happen in the DC public schools.
Well, what about homeschooling? What would it be like to homeschool kids in the white house?
If the Obamas decided to homeschool, they would probably hire a tutor to do most of the “schooling” and to watch the kids during the day when both Michelle and Barrak are busy running the country. True homeschooling would be close to impossible in a family of extremely busy and high-profile politicians. Unless they had a family member or friend who could fill the role of parent/teacher, they would have to hire someone.
What about being isolated? Would a child who is homeschooled in the White House be isolated from the “real world” anymore than a White House child who goes to private school? And what about quality of education or socialization? What would a presidential homeschool playdate look like? Would they get involved in the DC homeschooling groups?
From my perspective, after having homeschooled, and being a busy writer, speaker, and volunteer, I can say that it would be totally possible to homeschool in the White House. Not only would it be possible, but it would be an absolutely amazing homeschooling experience. It would also take quite a lot of help, and effort, to keep every single thing the kids did out of the media’s prying eyes. That would be the hardest part. And for that reason alone, I can see how going to a private school might be an advantage – simply to have a place to go on a regular basis where they don’t have to worry about being bothered by the media.
What do you think? Would it be possible for the Obama’s to homeschool their girls, even with a tutor? Or are they just too busy and too high profile to do it?