In last week’s issue, I came to terms with Barack and Michelle Obama’s decision to enroll their daughters at Tenleytown’s Sidwell Friends school and acknowledged that maybe private school isn’t the hellish bastion of academic and socioeconomic entitlement that I had once thought it to be.
But maybe I spoke too soon. Dave McKenna over at City Desk reports, courtesy of an anonymous Maret School (a Woodley Park private school that, along with Georgetown Day, lost the competition for the Obama girls’ enrollment) parent, that the Sidwell kids taunted the Maret side with “O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma” chants during a recent basketball game.
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Even though Georgetown Day School’s qualifications for actually being in Georgetown were called into question by commenters, it was still fun to imagine they would choose a school named Georgetown. Instead, they’re going with Sidwell Friends, a Quaker school that won’t do much to dispel Obama’s elitist image.
Just look at this City Paper story by the masterful Joe Eaton (emphasis added):
Sidwell employs a school chef. A recent day’s menu included tortellini pomodoro, Provençal organic spinach salad, roasted spaghetti squash, and Italian ice. Not to your kid’s liking? The next day he could get marinated local cucumbers, grilled “all natural” burgers, and roasted organic fries. And for dessert? Local apple-cranberry compote. Vegetables grown in the student garden may also make it to the organic menu, depending on the harvest.
Compotes are pretty intense.
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Hurray. The Washington Post’s education columnist says Georgetown’s streets could soon be a little more choked with black SUVs:
The Post’s education columnist, Jay Mathews, is betting on Georgetown Day School as the Obamas’ likely choice. Mathews says this is fitting on two fronts: Georgetown Day School was the first racially integrated school in D.C., and it is similar to the academically rigorous University of Chicago Laboratory Schools that Malia, a fifth grader, and Sasha, a second grader, currently attend. Several key Obama advisers send their children there.
Sidwell Friends, that crazy Quaker school, is also in consideration. But why would Sasha and Malia want to go there? It’s crazy.
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