Skip to comments.Obama Surprised To Learn Schools Use Trailers (video)
Posted on 09/10/2011 10:10:39 AM PDT by i88schwartz
While addressing college students in Richmond, VA, President Obama was surprised to learn that schools use trailers, also called 'modular buildings' or 'modular classrooms.' During his visit Obama said he was approached by an educator who mentioned she teaches in a trailer. Obama did not mention that the teacher had a problem with her situation, but he made it clear this was unacceptable.
"I just -- in the back, I was taking some photos with folks who had helped out to organize this event, and there was a young lady who is a teacher. And she said, I heard your speech last night. I really appreciate it. Im teaching eighth grade English, and I teach in a trailer. We shouldnt have people teaching in trailers. We shouldnt have kids learning in trailers. They should have classrooms with Internet and science labs," President Obama said to the college crowd.
The practice of using trailers is quite common at public schools and more often than not the accommodations in the modular buildings are better than classrooms inside the the main building. These modular buildings are used for several different reasons including for temporary purposes. For example, while the building or a classroom is being renovated the school may opt for a trailer until the improvements are completed. Ironically, renovating classrooms and schools is something Obama is pushing for in his this new stimulus bill.
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But Barry would know nothing about that. He can barely put to coherent words together without a TelePrompTer.
what bro, no trailers at Punahou?
Sasha and Malia got no da kine modular classrooms at Sidwell Friends?
We shouldnt have people teaching in trailers. We shouldnt have kids learning in trailers”
Our son had classes in trailers in high school. Funny, he seemed to learn in a trailer and went on to get scholarships. Learning has more to do with the QUALITY of teachers than in an environment. But, of course, the NEA would never agree with that statement.
Most of the schools in California have modular (trailer) classrooms. They are nicer than most brick and mortar classrooms.
My school acquired a trailer back in 1968, via some federal grant program for reading. Don’t ask me why a reading program would pay for anything beyond books or special instructors....but it did. That trailer sat on school property for around six years, then the grant and extra cash to pay for the one special instructor finally ran out. The two hundred-odd kids who went through that program during that period....really got a boost...but it’s mostly because they kept the group size to like five kids per hour. The school continued to use the trailer for five or six years for various purposes but it started leaking, and they ended up dumping it.
You get the impression that this guy really doesn’t know much about life in America. If he’s all upset about schools using trailers....he must be really shocked and upset that people live their entire lives in a trailer (preferably a double-wide).
I had about 20% of my classes in modular’s and that was 30 years ago.
He is acting like this is a new thing? We had a trailer for drivers ed (yeah back in the day schools used to teach that) it was air conditioned. We loved it. By the way bammy it isn’t the building that teaches kids.
Uh, during the 1960’s, in response to the rapid influx of baby boomers into the school system, lots of schools added “portables’ or “trailers”. I lived in an affluent city and attended classes in such “trailers”. Fifty years later those “trailers” are standing up fine, and still being used.
Today’s “trailers” are technologically superior to the old ones. They are potentially more efficient (think “greener”) than old brick and mortar. I’ve worked in nonprofit organizations where we’ve considered using “trailers” as an alternative to expensive brick and mortar.
Most schools around here have tennis courts, swimming pools, track fields AND trailers.
And, the kids don’t know the English language, economics or their American history.
Just like their gubmint: all a facade.
Welcome to the real world, you dope - we had modular/portable classrooms at my suburban junior high school in 1964. One of them housed the typing class to separate the noise of 30 electric typewriters from the main hallways.
Gee where has he been?My high school had a few when I was in school in the late 70’s.Is he sure he went to school in the USA?
I was in a trailer back in the 50’s. Are you sure Obama went to school in the US?
And our kids had classes in a modular behind a church when they went to private school.
Significance of the quality of the teacher teaching: Extremely significant.
Significance of having classes in a modular: None.
What the Democrats want to do: Throw borrowed money at a non-issue.
Many of us got excellent educations in uncarpeted schools with no AC and antiquated heating systems.
I still remember sweat dripping off my nose blurring the blue lines on my paper, and only one floor fan in the room
15 years ago I had about 20% of my classes in a trailor... now I’m a surgeon. Didn’t realize I was a victim... probably should’ve just dropped out and started taking a government check for the hardship I had to endure! (/sarc)
What hole did he just crawl out of?
See! Because of that I can’t even spell trailor/trailer correctly!
That is one thing I always wondered.
Surely if having a good classroom is so important, why didn’t they come up with modular classrooms for all new school construction.
I look at schools in LA that have the star trek doors and think about how much more could have been done if this money hadn’t been wasted.
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