At two of LA’s lowest scoring high schools, Crenshaw and Dorsey, a former Obama campaign manager has organized the Barack Obama Digital Media Team and the Obama Chefs, reports NBC Los Angeles. The digital media students wrote video letters asking the president to invite them to the White House, as well as a Journey to the White House theme song. The cooking students “prepared nutritious lunches for Obama volunteers during the stretch run of the presidential campaign last year.” (Why were they using class time and public resources to work for the Obama campaign?)
“I use President Obama’s inspiration and his digital media savvy as inpiration in the classroom pretty much every day,” (Obama organizer Daphne) Bradford said. “He is our 21st Century president.”
I think it’s possible to use Obama’s success to inspire minority students without teaching them to brown nose the powerful and without exploiting them for political purposes.