New Obama ad: Romney really can’t relate to wanting the best education for your children

posted at 11:21 am on August 22, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

On the campaign trail on Tuesday, President Obama accused Mitt Romney of aloofness in his understanding of the burdens of student debt and touted the utter importance of a college education — and today, the Obama campaign took the education battle down to grade level with a new ad (to air in just Virginia and Ohio) yet again purporting that Romney can’t relate to the concerns of average Americans.

The ad accuses Mitt Romney of supporting larger class sizes and charges that the Ryan budget cuts education spending by 20 percent.

“These are all issues that really he personally cannot relate to. To be able to afford an education, to want the very best public education system for your children,” the ad’s narrator says over a shot of Romney in front of Donald Trump’s plane.

Firstly, just wow — really well done, Team Obama. That shot of Mitt Romney in front of Trump’s plane was about as unsubtle as it gets. I suppose that’s meant to semi-subliminally imply that, because Mitt Romney is wealthy and sent his own sons to private school, he can’t possibly understand or care about the concerns of middle-class parents in sending their own children through the public education system. Yes, because dropping the dimes it takes to send kids to private schools probably does mean that you have zero understanding of the rotten public school system and can’t relate to wanting the best for you children at all.

Secondly, one of President Obama’s more vocal “jobs” platforms has been about injecting more money we don’t have into state and local governments so that they can hire more cops, firefighters, teachers, and etcetera (a.k.a., more unionized public-sector workers). This whole argument about “class size” is just a convenient way to justify preserving the terrible status quo in which teachers’ unions maintain their “it’s for the children” power to frustrate public school reform. As easy as it is to demagogue the heck out of anyone who would dare suggest we impose spending cuts upon the oh-so-noble Department of Education, but we do not need more top-down mandates and federal education initiatives to improve the American education system — we need the competitive, bottom-up solutions that are never going to happen if the federal government just keeps throwing money at the problem. Washington has been doing that for years, but somehow, our education system miraculously fails to yield better results:

Begin with Head Start, a nearly $8 billion program that’s politically untouchable, not only because it deals with education, but it’s for preschool kids. It’s almost tailor-made for demagoguery, with anyone who’d dare trim — much less eliminate — the program practically begging to be declared a rotten so-and-so who hates even the littlest of children.

But the fact is there’s no meaningful evidence the program does any good. In fact, the most recent federal evaluation found that Head Start produces almost no lasting cognitive benefits, and its few lasting social-emotional effects include negative ones. Only the people employed by Head Start money — and the politicians who appear to “care” — are really benefiting.

This is repeated in elementary and secondary education, only with a bigger bill. In 2011 Washington spent almost $79 billion on K-12 education, and the latest federal data show inflation-adjusted federal outlays per pupil ballooning from $446 in 1970-71 to $1,185 in 2008-09. Meanwhile, scores for 17-year-olds on the National Assessment of Educational Progress — the “Nation’s Report Card” — have been stagnant.


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Education …..More like indoctrination ………..

angrymike on August 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Yup….that’s why Bambi and Mooch send the lionesses to DC’s public schools and Brack doesn’t allow school choice…

right Bam!?

harlekwin15 on August 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Obama, as a product of public education, has every right to point up the contrast. Oh wait…

Drained Brain on August 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM

What’s the cost, Obama, of re-educating those that do find employment?

Don L on August 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Look at DC public schools where the per pupil expenditure is $17K. Half the students don’t graduate. The ones who do, many are functionally illiterate.

And Barry sends his children to Sidwell Friends, a private school.

The only thing Barry supports are public school EMPLOYEES. He doesn’t give a damn about the children.

“Public schools are good enough for your brats, not my darlings.” – Barack Obama

NoDonkey on August 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Where does Obama send his daughters to school? Who was it who killed the DC voucher program which helped thousands of minority students? And also, what exactly does Obama mean when he says Romney doesn’t understand the burdens of student debt? Is that just a cheap shot at his personal wealth or is Obama implying that he intends to subsidize(i.e. forgive) some of that debt?

Doughboy on August 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Geez it’s not like he has grandchildren or anything.

gophergirl on August 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Something tells me we’re just hammering away on a theme here.

ChipDWood on August 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

O knows where to ‘hit’ and make it stick… How unfortunate for the kids…

The sooner this loser is gone the better for us all…

Scrumpy on August 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

As I started the article, the ad came on the idiot box, now that was funny…….

angrymike on August 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Small class size means nothing when the teacher is an idiot. And my niece has had a fair few of those, believe me.

tdpwells on August 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

As to class sizes, can anyone provide ANY studies that show improvement in actual educational outcomes resulting from all the money thrown at education in the past 4 decades?

LooseCannon on August 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

The ad accuses Mitt Romney of supporting larger class sizes and charges that the Ryan budget cuts education spending by 20 percent.

Aren’t things like class sizes a local/state decision based on funding?

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Aren’t things like class sizes a local/state decision based on funding?

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

So is the hiring of teachers, cops, and firefighters, but you wouldn’t know it listening to SCOAMF.

Doughboy on August 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Barack,

Remind us who wanted to end the DC school voucher program.

Kataklysmic on August 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Yes yes talk education we will talk jobs and economy hahaha

Conservative4ev on August 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

What about the economy Barack…The deficit?National security leaks?… I thought so…

sandee on August 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Actually this makes me more confident Romney gets it. I’m not going to send my kids to public school. Screw Gubmint Education. The liberal trolls that circle this site are prime examples of how the public schools and self interested teachers destroy the minds of these children.

Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterfrack of a miserable tyrant.

jawkneemusic on August 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I’d bet anything that those unattractive chubby people are both school teachers and proud officials of the local NEA.

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

If you want to see how truly supportive of the public schools your city is, throw in the chance to get a K.I.P. school. It’s like building a sports arena. But if the public schools tried to adopt their teaching practices, all Hell would break loose.

Cindy Munford on August 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Seems that I remember Bam making statements around 2009 to the effect that a college education wasn’t necessary anymore. I guess that means that we don’t need to teach our kids anything anymore. The ONLY thing that matters is “more teachers”

skeeterbite on August 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Another “own goal” by Obama.

He will not fair well as this ad is scrutinized.

Jabberwock on August 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Just a question: are Mr. Obama’s children attending the local public school or are they denizens of a private school for “rich” people?

Did Mr. Obama and his wife attend the finest Ivy League schools or where they educated in the the local community college like the rest of us plebeians?

Ya know, since we’re discussing class-warfare and such…

Marcus Traianus on August 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Barak, a product of entitlement because of race, who sends his kids to uppity private school, and ruined voucher program in DC -CANNOT relate!!! Barack, I can’t relate to you because I had no chance to breeze through Harvard because of race or perhaps, because of citizenship in another?? country??

congma on August 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Small class sizes routinely end up being a way to get more free time for teachers. Same amount of children in the glass, one teacher teaching and one in the teacher’s lounge.

NoDonkey on August 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

“These are all issues that really he personally cannot relate to. To be able to afford an education, to want the very best public education system for your children,” the ad’s narrator says over a shot of Romney in front of Donald Trump’s plane.

Any shots of Barry & Michelle in front of Air Force One with their private school educated daughters waving in the background?

So sick of these grifters…

Buy Danish on August 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Economy….what’s that?

cmsinaz on August 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Sidwell & Friends… that’s all you need to know about Obama…

Khun Joe on August 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

We don’t need more teachers, we just need better ones.

weaselyone on August 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

The size of a good and decent teacher’s class will never matter if education is not valued and reinforced at home.

jazzuscounty on August 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

DC spends 17K per student ! With those results. Devastating.
My town spends 18K per and has 98% regents diplomas.

Jabberwock on August 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

We don’t need more teachers, we just need better ones.

weaselyone on August 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Well at least we need to be able to remove the bad ones. The teachers union protects them…

sandee on August 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

“Do as I say, send your kids to the great public schools that aren’t good enough for my daughters.” – Barack Obama

NoDonkey on August 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Uh, what’s up with the creepy toupée guy?

Pork-Chop on August 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Sidwell & Friends… that’s all you need to know about Obama…

Khun Joe on August 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

It’s Sidwell Friends. And I seriously doubt that Mooch and the rat-eared bastard actually pay the $40K/year for each of the brats to attend.

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

more losers on parade.. Gaaawd, that DNC convention is going to be unbearable parading loser after loser across the stage.. hapless useful idiots who can’t wipe their own behind without the ‘helpful’ hand of government

gatorboy on August 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

It’s Sidwell Friends. And I seriously doubt that Mooch and the rat-eared bastard actually pay the $40K/year for each of the brats to attend.

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I’m sure they’re on some sort of sham “scholarship”.

NoDonkey on August 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Let’s see, class sizes have been getting smaller for 30 years, and test scores have been going down for 30 years. What’s the value again?

Oh, yes, you need more unionized teachers if class size is smaller.

jaydee_007 on August 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Isn’t Obama the guy who went to an expensive private school in Hawaii, Occidental, Columbia, Harvard?

Who also won’t enroll his own children in DC’s public school system – while also opposing a popular voucher system in DC?

gwelf on August 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Obama himself went to a Muslim religious school and rich private schools.

faraway on August 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

SQUIRREL! (Because everybody is thinking about education in a job market where you may not have a job after school).

tims472 on August 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Interesting. Yet another Obama ad that does not say how he is better, does not say how Obama would move things forward, just attacks Romney.

crosspatch on August 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

The best public education system will begin when tenure is eliminated, incompetent unionized workers are ousted and curriculum isn’t based on political ideology.

Class size can be challenging in terms of grading for the teacher, but it doesn’t affect those students who actually want to learn.

Slainte on August 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I heard the other day that a school, can’t remember where, was going to buy high dollar sneakers for all students that would show up for the first day of school. The reason given, get the kids there for a head count and get the bucks for the kids for the rest of the year, if or if not the kids continued to go to school. The bottom line, money for the nea and the union thugs there!
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letget on August 22, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Let’s see, class sizes have been getting smaller for 30 years, and test scores have been going down for 30 years. What’s the value again?

Oh, yes, you need more unionized teachers if class size is smaller.

jaydee_007 on August 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

It’s not really “class size” it’s student to teacher ratio.

No matter if one teacher is sipping coffee in the lounge, one is in “training”, one is on vacation, they all count in that ratio.

NoDonkey on August 22, 2012 at 11:44 AM

All those heroic Wisconsin teachers were protesting against teaching an extra class a day… the results of which was going to be…

smaller class sizes.

FruitedPlain on August 22, 2012 at 11:44 AM

You could eliminate all Federal education spending and still not cut education spending by 20%. The vast bulk of education money comes from local and state governments. The Department of Education is not how education is funded in this country.

Haiku Guy on August 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

This is what the dimbos want to talk about? Wow, I really am loiking our chances this November.

VegasRick on August 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

What’s the class size at the pricey school barack’s children attend?

Rational Thought on August 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Republicans should go on the offensive on education the same way they went on the offensive with Mediscare. Show how bloated union contracts and sweetheart Medical Insurance set-aside deals are taking money out of the classroom. Come up with a figure, “The Obama Administration and their union cronies are taking Umpty Billion Dollars out of education. Romney and Ryan will work to put the money back into the classroom, where it belongs”.

The Democrats are vulnerable on this.

Haiku Guy on August 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

We’re not going to say just now that public education is a wasteful ineffectual boondoggle, but we will note that Romney is about educational innovation & efficiencies, and effective schooling. If we make that clear, this O ad is not going to resonate. This point goes to Romney.

anotherJoe on August 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Look at Wisconsin. Eliminating the union health insurance set-aside saved the state Billions, and sent from a deficit into a surplus almost overnight.

Haiku Guy on August 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Doesn’t Obama’s kids go to private school also? I really don’t understand where Obama is going with this ad.

Conservative in NOVA on August 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Republicans should go on the offensive on education the same way they went on the offensive with Mediscare. Show how bloated union contracts and sweetheart Medical Insurance set-aside deals are taking money out of the classroom. Come up with a figure, “The Obama Administration and their union cronies are taking Umpty Billion Dollars out of education. Romney and Ryan will work to put the money back into the classroom, where it belongs”.

Haiku Guy on August 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Perfect. Couldn’t agree more. I’m tired of ceding these issues to the Dems.

changer1701 on August 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Education …..More like indoctrination ………..

angrymike on August 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM

…how else does JugEars keep polling in the 40′s?

KOOLAID2 on August 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Letget
Absolutely correct, schools advertise *head count day* and parents know their children are supposed to be there on that day, to fund schools the rest of the year……….

angrymike on August 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM

More nonsense from a guy who supports the unions that oppose merit raises, scrutinize tests looking for inherent ‘racism’, and whose daughters will get straight A’s for F-level work; a man who never paid for his own education, owes no student loans, and is member of a party that opposes vouchers and home-schooling that won’t cost extra money.

It’s the same old song and dance with these people: Republicans want only to deny kids and education, poison the air and water for even their own posterity, kick their own grannies down stairs, enslave all women and minorities, and hunt all animals to extinction.

I sure hope Romney’s crew has a slam-dunk counter-ad to this Obama nonsense.

Liam on August 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Doesn’t Obama’s kids go to private school also? I really don’t understand where Obama is going with this ad.

Conservative in NOVA on August 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM

He’s counting on people not knowing that.

Talk about hypocrisy – “do as I say, not as I do”.

Don’t see him using public transport much either.

NoDonkey on August 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

What Obamuh believes is the “best education for your children” is one that mandates both Socialist indoctrination and acceptance of the reverse racism of affirmative action [because America is racist, you know - and racism should be used to fight racism, you know].

These are the two things that have defined The Commie and his “career.”

OhEssYouCowboys on August 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Doesn’t Obama’s kids go to private school also? I really don’t understand where Obama is going with this ad.

Conservative in NOVA on August 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM

This is why I call them all … the more equal Pigs – in honor of Orwell’s Animal Farm.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

So Malia and Sasha go to some DC inner city school?
Good for them!
Good for the Obamas!
That’s what I like about this family. It’s never do what I say not what I do with them. It’s always follow my good lead. Vegetarian diet. Kmart clothing. Payless tennis shoes. Public transportation all the way. They really get what it is to be crushed under the burden of an abusive government.

//

vityas on August 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

If I were Romney I wouldn’t spend one dime talking about the taxpayer funded indoctrination scam known as public schooling. So tired of seeing my friends fall for all the crap these silver-pony tailed dinosaurs shovel at them and call it an “education”. I hope Ryan dismantles the public school system in this country when they’re elected.

1984 in real life on August 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM

This is why I call them all … the more equal Pigs – in honor of Orwell’s Animal Farm.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Now, now, the essence of leadership is taking advantage of the finer things in life while telling your underlings that the scraps on your floor you give them, are really just as good.

NoDonkey on August 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Barak, a product of entitlement because of race, who sends his kids to uppity private school, and ruined voucher program in DC -CANNOT relate!!! Barack, I can’t relate to you because I had no chance to breeze through Harvard because of race or perhaps, because of citizenship in another?? country??

congma on August 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Racist…

affenhauer on August 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM

sent his own sons to private school

Er…doesn’t Obama send his own daughters to private school?

batter on August 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM

As if most of us would not send our kids to private school…One of mine did, and it was worth it.

Class size has nothing to do with it, reasonably speaking.

Kids with 35 students, different grade levels, in a single room school have excelled…and kids in private school have failed.

One thing is for sure…home schooled children out perform public schooled children…and children whose parents show up for parent teacher conferences, and meet with the teacher and hold them accountable do better than other students.

The fact is, teachers have little influence on what a child learns, they supplement what is taught at home…a sad state of affairs.

For years we were astonished how poorly trained teachers are to teach…at least the public school teachers.

That being said, probably a mistake was not having both my wife and I just be teachers…no stress, great retirement, job security, and you just pass the kids along to the next “teacher”.

right2bright on August 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

who sends his kids to uppity private school

But it’s a diverse uppity private school full of the children of the 1%.

NoDonkey on August 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Obama/Biden support unions that protect perverts in teaching positions.

forest on August 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

batter on August 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM

That’s different. And you are a racist and a bigot for pointing it out. I hope you know that I am kidding.

Cindy Munford on August 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Yesterday, addressing college students in Columbus, Preezy ridiculed Romney’s big$$ donors, by saying they should use those $10-20 donations for forming scholarships !!
Spread around your OWN money, Ditwad !!

Also, I see that Moochelle is getting in on the ‘edumication’ angle, too …

Keepin it classy, as always !
Can you imagine Nancy R., Barbara or Laura Bush, or Ann Romney doing THAT ?? Holy cr*poli!!

pambi on August 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM

sent his own sons to private school
Er…doesn’t Obama send his own daughters to private school?

batter on August 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Next thing they’ll run an ad calling Romney a multi-millionaire who plays golf in his spare time.

NoDonkey on August 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Small class sizes are overrated anyway. When I was in elementary school in the ’60s, we generally had 30 or more students in each class, and it wasn’t a problem.

Ward Cleaver on August 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Romney can seize the offense here with school choice and vouchers. Almost everyone (except public employee union members)supports school choice.

petefrt on August 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM

One thing won’t work…pegging Mitt as not caring.

He may not be able to “reach” the masses, but most everyone recognizes him as a caring, dedicated, honest, husband, father.

The dems mistake his not being able to connect, as not being trusted.

Every time they run an ad questioning Mitt’s integrity, they will lose votes.

They think the message is “out of touch”, but they don’t get the “out of touch”, they liken it to not caring. Like religion and faith, the dems get confused with the truth.

right2bright on August 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM

This from the guy who killed the school voucher program in DC that was reinstated by Republicans.

KateNE on August 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

If class sizes are the answer, then that would explain why our universities are producing young liberals that can hardly put together a sentence or add two 3-digit numbers.

For those who went to college, what was your largest lecture in terms of students?

I remember having nearly 500 in a freshmen chemistry class.

Good question for the libs: If class size is the answer, why do we have such large class sizes in our higher education system?

I think it is because liberals expect teachers of younger children with behavior problems to do most of the parenting, and that seems easier with smaller class sizes. This could be why larger class sizes work at universities, most kids are considered “young adults” and parenting is mostly over by that point.

weaselyone on August 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

To fix K-12 we have to bust the teacher unions. No other single step would improve the system or save as much money as this.

slickwillie2001 on August 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM

all class sizes are overrated anyway. When I was in elementary school in the ’60s, we generally had 30 or more students in each class, and it wasn’t a problem.

Ward Cleaver on August 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM

See most freshmen general education requirements at major colleges. Class sizes for those classes are rarely less than 100.

weaselyone on August 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Yes, because dropping the dimes it takes to send kids to private schools probably does mean that you have zero understanding of the rotten public school system and can’t relate to wanting the best for you children at all.

Luv me some Erika- Zing!

BOOM..Thx for playing libs..

Look at DC public schools where the per pupil expenditure is $17K. Half the students don’t graduate. The ones who do, many are functionally illiterate.

And Barry sends his children to Sidwell Friends, a private school.
NoDonkey on August 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Where does Obama send his daughters to school? Who was it who killed the DC voucher program which helped thousands of minority students?
Doughboy on August 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Any shots of Barry & Michelle in front of Air Force One with their private school educated daughters waving in the background?

Buy Danish on August 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Why YES Buy Danish!!

bazil9 on August 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Why Mr. President, we are certainly glad you have brought up the issue of education just now.
How’d YOU do in school, eh ?

Jabberwock on August 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Romney should do an ad on school choice and vouchers, with a section on Obama’s refusal to support the DC voucher system, maybe some interviews with some of the parents and kids who lost out when the DC voucher system was terminated.

mbs on August 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM

In 2011 Washington spent almost $79 billion on K-12 education, and the latest federal data show inflation-adjusted federal outlays per pupil ballooning from $446 in 1970-71 to $1,185 in 2008-09. Meanwhile, scores for 17-year-olds on the National Assessment of Educational Progress — the “Nation’s Report Card” — have been stagnant.

Yeah, but just think about how bad those scores would have been without spending all that extra money. What do you want, a nation full of Joe Bidens?

Curtiss on August 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Obama himself went to a Muslim religious school and rich private schools.

faraway on August 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Yep A Roo. But he can relate..howl.

bazil9 on August 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

To fix K-12 we have to bust the teacher unions. No other single step would improve the system or save as much money as this.

slickwillie2001 on August 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM

We don’t have teacher’s unions here in Texas and our schools are still sub-par.

Doesn’t help that we’re spending millions educating illegals.

NoDonkey on August 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

What do you want, a nation full of Joe Bidens?

Curtiss on August 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Who would we all copy off of then?

NoDonkey on August 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I wonder if any of the Obama media will bother to mention, vis a vis the ad, that Obama’s kids go to a shwanky private school? Hah! Made myself laugh.

You know that when Team Romney mentions Obama’s kids going to private school they 2ill be called mean.

William Teach on August 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

You know that when Team Romney mentions Obama’s kids going to private school they 2ill be called mean.

William Teach on August 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Leave Sasha and Masha out of this! Let’s get back to the real issues, which are bashing your kids.

NoDonkey on August 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

The degenerate azz who’s president is out of touch.

He claimed yesterday that his education is cool, while Romney’s is not.

How out of touch can the American people be to listen to even one more lie from this buffoon?

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Show us your grades. Until then you are an uneducated thug.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM

In addition to lambasting Obama on this nonsense, a Mitt ad could also mention where Biden, Reid, and Pelosi send/sent their children to school. Did those people ‘relate’ to regular American by taking advantage of the public school system, or did they opt-out in favor of private academies?

Liam on August 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

O’Butthead says “Romney doesn’t care” huh?

Sidwell Friends?

No DC vouchers?

Hahvahd & “entitled’ all his life?

Pot. Kettle.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on August 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

As to class sizes, can anyone provide ANY studies that show improvement in actual educational outcomes resulting from all the money thrown at education in the past 4 decades?

LooseCannon on August 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Just imagine being the 9th patient on the same surgeon’s table…or would you rather be the second? Teacher fatigue is just as real as truck driver, fighter pilot, or parent fatigue.

As a retired teacher/stockbroker/office manager/boiler room repairman/and parent/grandparent, I might suggest you not go there.

Don L on August 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

It is always a good day when Zero and the DNC throw money away with an ad that will get absolutely no traction outside the SEIU and Teachers Unions.

Jack Deth on August 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I live in Texas. My husband and I spend money we really don’t have to send our son to private school. When he started kindergarten, we lived in an area where he would have been one of the only children in his class that was not learning English as a second language. We made the decision to put him in a private Christian school, because the tuition was roughly what we were already spending on daycare. We have since relocated to a different area of town. He’s 12 now and we asked if he would rather go to public school. He said no, because you can’t talk about God a public school. So, for some people, it goes a littled deeper than just the three R’s.

Alderene on August 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on August 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM

As to class sizes, can anyone provide ANY studies that show improvement in actual educational outcomes resulting from all the money thrown at education in the past 4 decades?

LooseCannon on August 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Just imagine…

Don L on August 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

So that’s a no.

weaselyone on August 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

The ad accuses Mitt Romney of supporting larger class sizes and charges that the Ryan budget cuts education spending by 20 percent.

1. It may cut federal spending for education by 20% but that doesn’t mean an overall 20% cut to education. The states provide the most dollars for education.

2. Class size has nothing to do with the quality of the education. During my teaching career I always had 36 students in my science classes. The labs were designed for 32 students so I even had to work around that. But a good teacher that manages their classroom well can produce successful students regardless of class size.

chemman on August 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM

It’s an old article (2004) but I always found this phenomenon interesting (my emphasis):

Nationwide, public school teachers are almost twice as likely as other parents to choose private schools for their own children, the study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found. More than 1 in 5 public school teachers said their children attend private schools.

Fallon on August 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Don L on August 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

As a retired science teacher and athletic coach who spent his career in low socio-economic school districts I call BS on your statement.

chemman on August 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Obama himself went to a Muslim religious school and rich private schools.

faraway on August 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

The endowment for Punahou, the pricey Honolulu private school O’bama went to, is comparable to that of the private Michigan school the out-of-touch elitist Mitt Romney went to.

Del Dolemonte on August 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

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