Tuesday, February 10, 2009

No BOE From Me

I am skipping tonight's Board of Education meeting, but I commend to your attention Mark Spivey's great story about the proposed new Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies.

The Board of Education will also be asked to change the name of the Plainfield Academy for Academic & Civic Development to the Barack Obama Academy for Academic & Civic Development.

This is based on the example of the man who just became the 44th president of the United States and the first African-American president.

The resolution cites President Obama's "years of public service (based) around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around the world," as well as his accomplishments such as ethics reform, tax cuts for working families andf health care for children and their parents.

The resolution includes a provision for 50 students and 10 chaperones to visit Washington, DC , at a cost of $6,000 to "learn more about the nation's capitol and the political process."

Actually, they said "capital," but we forgive them.

If any of the students is inspired, it may be worth the expenditure. President Obama is a unique role model and hopefully will encourage many young people to take another look at service to their country, by whatever means.

--Bernice Paglia

3 Comments:

Blogger me said...

I'm not trying to suggest that Barack Obama won't do well, but there is wisdom in waiting until someone's death before they go around naming things and building memorials. Imagine how the people at George W. Bush Elementary School in Stockon, CA feel now.

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh come on and cut the public a break with the 24/7 adulation of BHO ... He hasn't even been in office for a month and hasn't accomplished anything yet. Even this so-called stimulus is being reckless rushed through.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The resolution cites Barack Obama's prior contributions. He is already an inspiration to young people around the world. We don't need to wait until he dies to name something after him. In fact, on Ronald Reagan's 87th birthday, in 1998, Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport by a bill signed into law by President Clinton. That same year, the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center was dedicated in Washington, D.C. Just by being elected President, Barack Obama has already surpassed Ronald Reagan in terms of Presidential notariaty. As long as he doesn't allow people in his administration to sell arms to Middle East terrorist in order to fund covert military operations in Latin America he'll do at least as well as President Reagan and deserve a small school in New Jersey to be named after him.

3:24 PM  

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