- The Washington Times - Monday, September 14, 2009


President Obama’s advice to students at Wakefield High School may have been helpful, but someone needs to light a fire under our public schools’ administrators and teachers.

After years of frustration dealing with Wakefield’s rival, Washington-Lee, and its administrative staff (who are in complete denial of the school’s problems), my daughter transferred to Wakefield, where her counselor told her to think of him as her advocate. Wakefield’s administrators and teachers were, for the most part, intent on her success. Instead of scolding me, Washington-Lee style, for being a complaining parent, Wakefield responded to my concerns with, “Bless her heart, she needs a boost!” Students and their families can do only so much, and a school’s honesty and responsiveness go a lot further in helping students than the typical smugness and indifference.



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