First Lady Michelle Obama said Thursday that a “small number of students” are taking advantage of the system in the college admissions process, without mentioning that her daughters attend one of the prestigious schools in the country.
At a “college opportunity summit” held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, on Thursday, Obama said: “Kids in this world start preparing for college long before they even start high school. And from the first day of freshman year, they’ve been shepherded through every step of the process.”
“They’ve got SAT and ACT prep courses, they take those tests again and again to improve their scores. Counselors have much smaller caseloads, and they walk kids through every deadline, they edit every draft of their essays.
“So the fact is right now, as small number of students are getting every advantage in the college admissions race while millions of others who are just as talented can’t even begin to compete. And as the college presidents all know, the result is that colleges aren’t always getting all of the very best students.
“They’re getting the students who can best afford to succeed in the system, and we are leaving behind so many bright, hungry, promise-filled kids. We are depriving ourselves of so much human potential in this country. From the scientific discoveries these kids might make to the businesses they might build to the leadership they might one day show in our communities. We’re missing all of that.”
What Obama did not mention during the course of her speech Thursday is that her children enjoy that very advantage. After her husband’s election to the presidency in 2008, the Obamas chose to send their daughters, Malia and Sasha, to the Sidwell Friends School, a Quaker-run institution also attended by the children of Presidents Nixon and Clinton.
Vice President Gore’s son attended Sidwell, as did the grandchildren of Vice President Joe Biden. The Washington Post notes that Amy Carter was the last ‘first child’ to attend a public school in modern times.
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H/T CNS News