If President Obama Visited Your Child's School, What Would You Ask Him?

Education reform had its place in the president's address this week, and on Thursday he will visit an Atlanta-area school. If you had the chance to talk to him, what would you ask?

On the heels of his first State of the Union address since re-election, President Barack Obama will be heading to Georgia where he plans to visit an early learning center on Thursday.

Few details have been released about his visit to the Atlanta area on Feb. 14. However, Patch has confirmed that Obama will make a stop at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga.

His stop here is one of only two metropolitan areas he plans to visit following his State of the Union speech.

In the speech, the president set forth a plan for education reform: highlighting the need for top-quality preschool for every American child; promoting high schools that prepare students for jobs in demand, such as science and engineering; and determining what federal aid colleges get based on how affordable they are.

On early learning, he said in his prepared statement: "Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime."

In addition, he addressed the safety of school children -- and others -- when he demanded that Congress at least take a vote on stronger gun control.

"It has been two months since Newtown," he said, according to his prepared speech. "I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different." 

He also noted -- by name -- Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago 15-year-old who performed at the recent inauguration only to return home and be shot and killed after school one day.

A lot of issues are on the table regarding America's schools.

And, on Valentine's Day, a few local parents, teachers and even school children likely will get the chance to see the president in person.

-- Speak Out: If you had the chance, and the president was coming to your child's school, what would you ask him? What educational items do you want him to focus on? What hasn't worked that he's done so far? --

Mr. Z February 13, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Do you own a copy of the Communist Manifesto?
Carol She February 13, 2013 at 04:08 PM
I would ask him what he intends to do about securing our borders to keep out illegal immigrants that effect the quality of education my children are getting. They come to our country not speaking English and strain all of our services that they are not entitled to because they are not citizens.
John B February 13, 2013 at 04:31 PM
I would ask him what's wrong with my car. It doesn't go twice the distance on a gallon of gas like he told me last night........
Joy L. Woodson February 13, 2013 at 05:25 PM
@Carol, that would actually be an interesting topic for me to see how that may affect local schools. I'll put it on my list, and see what pans out.
Ed Varn February 13, 2013 at 05:38 PM
I would ask him to leave.
Mitch February 13, 2013 at 06:06 PM
I would ask him why he thinks it is okay to have his armed security in the school to protect him but on any other day the school should not have any guns on the premises to protect my child.
Jeff Haas February 13, 2013 at 06:35 PM
I would ask him why so many people hate him when his proposals last night were simple common sense.
Sammy Hagar February 13, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Would ask him to leave. It's enough work to educate these kids without having to explain why we all stop to fawn over an elected leader who's words to not reflect his actions.
K Wade February 13, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Laughable. ...and Mitch. Simple answer. The President of the United States is much more likely to have someone out to cause him harm than your child is. That was such a nonsensical statement you made. Your child is not on the same level as the President when it comes to needing security. Hate to disappoint you.
David Brown February 14, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Mr. President, as a Black American, could you describe your reaction to Leonard Cooper's victory on Jeopardy's Teen Tournament? What would you say to the Black youth who feel it's not cool to succeed in school?
Joy L. Woodson February 14, 2013 at 12:37 AM
@David. I would have known that response was you even if you didn't put your name on it! When I was little I watched Jeopardy all the time.
David Brown February 14, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Joy, it's cool hearing from you. By the way, how about that 'fro on Leonard Cooper! Now, that's a 'fro.:) I was thrilled with his win, especially the dramatic way he came from so far behind to win.
David Brown February 14, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Carol, English is a tough language to learn. Look at how many English-speaking folks confuse "effect" and "affect". I'm sure you realize you should have said "affect the quality".
Joy L. Woodson February 14, 2013 at 01:31 AM
@David... Yes, that 'fro, that 'fro. And, to win even with this final answer being "some guy in Normandy"... too much!
CrismaFire February 14, 2013 at 03:52 AM
I would ask him to leave and go back to Kenya where he was born.
David Brown February 14, 2013 at 01:04 PM
CrismaFire, at the risk of dignifying your comment, what proof do you have for alleging that President Obama was born in Kenya?
Ben February 14, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I would ask him to resign as President, and get Biden to do the Same, ASAP.
Karen February 14, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I would ask him to resign and take Biden with him, for the good of the country.
Pittsburgh Paul February 14, 2013 at 04:35 PM
K Wade - there have been approximately 30 presidential assassination attempts in history (if you include the four bogus attempts on Obama). Here's a list of school shootings in US history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_school_shootings_in_the_United_States A lot more than 30… Not a dumb question. And you must not have a kid in school or you wouldn't be so flippant about the most precious thing in your life! And if you do have a child, what a disappointment you are to parents everywhere.
That guy February 14, 2013 at 10:45 PM
I would ask him how he is able to breathe with his head shoved so far up his own ...
That guy February 14, 2013 at 10:51 PM
I'm sure that made you feel better David.


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