There Was a Community College Event at the White House

President Obama has traveled to community colleges, spoken many times about their value to students, employers and the economy, and the White House has effectively deployed Jill Biden — a community college instructor — to raise the profile of the institutions. So we don’t doubt the Administration’s support for community colleges.

Trouble is, you hold a White House event, yet another “summit,” in October right before potentially historic elections, the events tend to take on a political cast. Especially if you levy a political attack in the middle of it.

Washington Post, “Obama at college summit: GOP plan would cut education spending“:

President Obama applauded the nation’s community colleges Tuesday as “the unsung heroes of America’s education system” but warned that the Republican economic plan would imperil their mission and put the nation at a competitive disadvantage against other nations.

Maybe it’s the reporters’ emphasis, but it looks like the President stepped on his very important message about community colleges, skills and training by introducing partisan politics into the event.

P.S. Kevin Hall of McClatchy Newspapers noticed the absence of the National Association of Manufacturers at the White House event and does a good job of briefly reporting the context. See, “Obama hails community colleges, skirts their lack of funds.

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  • hsr0601 says:

    The education system in Finland has been touted as the best example, and I couldn’t agree with it more.

    The enthusiasm for education in Finland has built on the notion that it can’t vie with the low-cost products in the global market, as a result,
    it focuses exclusively on education & value-added goods.

    As such, the fierce competition in the global market stimulates the scientific progress.
    Next, conventional wisdom has it that the unceasing affection & dedication of parents keep their amiable children off all harmful things.
    At the moment, the country is struggling to find out how to heighten the educational level.

    I guess the first & critically vital step needs to begin with parents’ ardent zeal, which encourages their adorable children to use a computer mainly for educational needs, and doesn’t accept unqualified teachers.

    It might be worth noting that the especially ardent dedication of Mozart’s father is behind his greatness.

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