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Mandatory community service still included in Obama's preK-12 education plan

Yesterday, we discussed how one page at Barack Obama's new change.gov site said he'd push for mandatory community service. The campaign later changed that page to match the more voluntary-oriented statements the campaign made elsewhere.

However, there's still one thing they'll probably want to send down the memory hole. The file barackobama.com/pdf/issues/PreK-12EducationFactSheet.pdf (available under the link "Read the Pre-K to 12 Plan" at barackobama.com/issues/education contains the following:
VIII. ENLIST PARENTS AND COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT TEACHING AND LEARNING

[...]

Service. All students in grant recipient districts will be expected to engage in some form of community service.
That certainly sounds like mandatory service to me, and note also that the PDF refers to the plan as belonging to both Obama and Biden, so someone did review it recently.

I'm sure there are more nuggets elsewhere in the 14 page PDF, but I'm not an education expert and I never saw people pounding the table about all the other things that are no doubt wrong about his plan during the election. One article from June is at humanevents.com/article.php?id=27186, and see the blog posts here and here. The GOP highlights vouchers and BHO's flip-flop on NCLB here, rather than discussing more fundamental issues.

And, see also my failed attempt to let everyone know that Obama wanted to use pre-teens to get votes.

Other tags: change dot gov

Politics · Sat, 11/08/2008 - 13:10 · Importance: 1

Sun, 11/09/2008 - 20:04
Nick

Yup. You failed alright. See you in '12

Mon, 11/10/2008 - 04:28
Fred Dawes
myspace.com/freddawes1776

can we say Obama youth comes from hitler youth? Hitler said control the youth you control the nation.

Mon, 11/10/2008 - 14:55
petty bourgeois

Hey Nick, you are assuming we voted Republican. But you really don't know how we voted so how can you say "we" lost? You're just another arrogant, gloating prick, and if you think there is any difference between the two parties, you are way more stupid than to have the voting franchise extended to retards like you. We are going to be around for the next four years shutting down government when it misbehaves, just like we did under GOP leadership, so bite me you anti-American fucktard.