Most Democratic would-be presidents choose private schools for their own children, but don’t want low-income parents to have that choice, writes Clint Bolick of Alliance for School Choice.
Hillary and Bill Clinton sent Chelsea to Sidwell Friends School in Washington.
John Edwards, Mr. Populist, decries that “America has two school systems — one for the affluent and one for everyone else.” He should know. When he joined the U.S. Senate he sent his children to a religious school because, according to USA Today, the D.C. “public schools are deeply troubled.” Mr. Edwards, however, opposes private school choice for low-income families on the curious grounds that this would “drain resources” from public schools. By such logic Mr. Edwards himself “drained” approximately $132,000 from the D.C. public schools.
Al Gore, who may yet join the presidential race, has said empathetically, “If I was a parent of a child who went to an inner-city school that was failing, I might be for vouchers, too.” But he isn’t, and so he is not. Mr. Gore sent all of his children to elite private schools in the nation’s capital, like the one he attended growing up. But he militantly opposes school choice for low-income families.
Sen. Joe Biden also sent his children to private school, but he supports school choice for others. Sen. Barack Obama sends his daughters to the University of Chicago Lab School and once referred to school vouchers as “social Darwinism.”
Still, he says that on education reform, “I think a good place to start would be for both Democrats and Republicans to say . . . we are willing to experiment and invest in anything that works.”
That would be nice.
George W. Bush’s daughters went to public school in Austin.
Via Constrained Vision.
Update: Edspresso awards the Scarlet H for hypocrisy to politicians who want to keep other people’s children in public schools that aren’t good enough for their own children. Joe Williams of Chalkboard disagrees. In my days as an editorial writer, I sometimes interviewed school board candidates who were sending their kids to private school. They usually said they wanted to improve the public schools so they could send their children there.