Michelle Obama: You can do it

You’re ready for college, Michelle Obama told graduating seniors at Washington Math, Science and Technology Public Charter High School. She recalled her trepidation at going to Princeton.

. . . my parents hadn’t gone to college, so they couldn’t really tell me what to expect or how to prepare. And many of you may be in that situation, as well.

But here’s the thing. In the end, the good news is that none of that really mattered. It just really didn’t matter. My parents didn’t have to be lawyers or doctors or college graduates to help me succeed. I didn’t need that from my parents. What mattered was their love. What mattered was their encouragement and unconditional support. (Applause.) That’s all that mattered.

The school boasts a 98 percent graduation rate and the highest reading and math scores of any  non-selective public school in D.C. Virtually all the students come from low-income black families.

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  1. Cardinal Fang says:

    That’s so sweet.

  2. John Drake says:

    I thought that what mattered for Michelle Obama, unlike the graduates of this school, was Affirmative Action.

  3. truth04 says:

    Yeah John Drake, you’re right. Only white people are intelligent enough to get into the Ivies. The rest of us can barely make it into community.

  4. Margo/Mom says:

    It’s an important message, and one that is frequently ignored or rejected by educators. It’s not that love conquers all–but that the primary role of parents is not to be the educators of their children, it is to love and nurture them as learners.

  5. “non-selective public school”

    I like that. I’ll have to remember it for the next time an opponent of parental choice trots out the implication that charters aren’t public schools and don’t have open enrollments.

    This is another nice tap on the wedge between lefties that are pro-choice, that’s pro-parental choice in the education of their kids, and lefties who are anti-choice. I wonder how long it’ll be before the split breaks out into the public consciousness and what the repercussions of the split will be for the Democrats?

    I don’t have to worry about the Republican leadership noticing. A two-by-four between the eyes might not get their attention.

  6. If the kids come from the highest scoring non exam school in the city did she think they aren’t prepared to go to college?