Right Wing Blogger Keith Koffler Calls Out Obama for Saying Public School Students Behind in Math & Science

Right Wing Blogger Keith Koffler Calls Out Obama for Saying Public School Students Behind in Math & Science.

Right wing blogger Keith Koffler over at White House Dossier is “calling out” President Barack Obama for “dissing” American public school students during his trip to Australia. But it’s laughable, at best, that Koffler has a problem with Obama telling students in Australia that students in the U.S. have “fallen behind” when it comes to math and science. Um, isn’t that a fact? You can’t put perfume on a pig and expect it to smell like roses. Obama also said he wants to reform the public school.

Let me preface my comments by saying President Obama and his wife send their children to an exclusive Washington D.C. private school to the tune of $30,000 a year, but he wouldn’t be the first president to do so nor will he be the last. Here’s an excerpt from Koffler’s screed:

There’s an unwritten rule in politics that politicians must not criticize the president when they are overseas. How about adding America’s school kids to the list of untouchables?


Obama also asserted that poor children don’t get “support they need when they’re very young’’ and are “already behind’’’ when they enter grammar school, according to a press pool report.


One might feel uncomfortable saying many types of unpleasant things about our country to people overseas. But then, one would have to be an American exceptionalist. Source

Mr. Koffler, you can’t have it both ways. The truth is the American public education system is a mess, a hot mess, caused by both parties. President Obama is perfectly right in saying we are falling behind other countries. It is a fact, not an opinion clouded by his “liberal” way of thinking. This is further proof that the right wing loves to present a facade of whatever reality they are trying to elude. In case he hasn’t noticed, American public education is weak and bordering on disgraceful, considering we are such a superpower. Click here to get a bird-eye view into the math and science scores and you’ll see why Keith Koffler is a hypocrite and a sorry one at that.

  • Pelmo

    My question Janet is why hasn’t President Obama done anything up till now about reforming our public education system. Now that he may be in a hard fought battle for a second term do we even hear a word about it. The only thing he has on his mind is a second term and has been running for it from the day he was swore in. It still hasn’t sunken in for him that giving a speech about a problem doesn’t solve it, you have to roll up your sleeves and start working instead of talking.

  • Odetocentipede

    Coming from the man who recently called us lazy, who says we have lost our ambition, and calls us soft… who says we are bitter and cling to religion… whose wife claimed no pride in her country until it benefited her husband… to openly tell a foreign crowd that our students are falling behind and don’t get support (implied at home) seems a bit simple and judgmental.  We don’t need to sugarcoat things, but we don’t need to portray ourselves to the world as unworthy failures either.  He didn’t say we’re working to bridge gaps.  He didn’t say we are looking for the most proven solutions to support education.  He said in essences, we’re failing and it is the fault of parents. 

    • That’s an awful lot of partisan hackery, lies, misconceptions and a great deal of effort towards blaming the President for just about anything, Odetocentipede…

      • Imran Michael Khan — My sentiments exactly.

  • Janet:

    When given the choice between reporting on what THIS ONE MAN said about Obama and the standing in Math And Science in America VERSUS following through with the people who received the vote of various parents who believed that the local officials had the right plan to educate their children ……………

    Which of these points of focus has a greater likelihood in translating into actual improvement of American education Janet?