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Obama Surprised To Learn Schools Use Trailers (video)
RealClearPolitics ^ | September 10, 2011 | RealClearPolitics

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. I’m teaching eighth grade English, and I teach in a trailer.” We shouldn’t have people teaching in trailers. We shouldn’t 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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KEYWORDS: barackobama; schools; teleprompter; trailers
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1 posted on 09/10/2011 10:10:48 AM PDT by i88schwartz
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To: i88schwartz
Education is not about buildings and teacher salaries, but learning.

But Barry would know nothing about that. He can barely put to coherent words together without a TelePrompTer.

2 posted on 09/10/2011 10:13:43 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: i88schwartz

what bro, no trailers at Punahou?

Sasha and Malia got no da kine modular classrooms at Sidwell Friends?


3 posted on 09/10/2011 10:14:22 AM PDT by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common - Voltaire)
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To: i88schwartz

” We shouldn’t have people teaching in trailers. We shouldn’t 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.


4 posted on 09/10/2011 10:16:56 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: i88schwartz

Most of the schools in California have modular (trailer) classrooms. They are nicer than most brick and mortar classrooms.


5 posted on 09/10/2011 10:17:26 AM PDT by 386wt
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To: i88schwartz
Kids deserve a President that doesn't need a teleprompter to speak to them...

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6 posted on 09/10/2011 10:17:56 AM PDT by digger48
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To: i88schwartz

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).


7 posted on 09/10/2011 10:18:07 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I had about 20% of my classes in modular’s and that was 30 years ago.


8 posted on 09/10/2011 10:18:07 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: i88schwartz

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.


9 posted on 09/10/2011 10:18:29 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: i88schwartz

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.


10 posted on 09/10/2011 10:19:13 AM PDT by freeagle
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To: i88schwartz

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.


11 posted on 09/10/2011 10:19:57 AM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: i88schwartz

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.


12 posted on 09/10/2011 10:20:16 AM PDT by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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To: i88schwartz

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?


13 posted on 09/10/2011 10:20:16 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: pepsionice

I was in a trailer back in the 50’s. Are you sure Obama went to school in the US?


14 posted on 09/10/2011 10:22:00 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freeangel
Our son had classes in trailers in high school.

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.

15 posted on 09/10/2011 10:22:46 AM PDT by Polybius (Defeating Obama is Priority Number One)
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To: i88schwartz
Nothing wrong with stretching education dollars as far as possible.

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

16 posted on 09/10/2011 10:24:32 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: i88schwartz

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)


17 posted on 09/10/2011 10:25:21 AM PDT by glocker23 (Live Free Or Die)
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To: i88schwartz

What hole did he just crawl out of?


18 posted on 09/10/2011 10:28:00 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Rabid democRATS and 0bama the dictator own it all now.)
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To: glocker23

See! Because of that I can’t even spell trailor/trailer correctly!


19 posted on 09/10/2011 10:28:00 AM PDT by glocker23 (Live Free Or Die)
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To: i88schwartz

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.


20 posted on 09/10/2011 10:28:07 AM PDT by dila813
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To: digger48

Pre-sent 0 demands that all school kids learn to use teleprompters.


21 posted on 09/10/2011 10:29:17 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Rabid democRATS and 0bama the dictator own it all now.)
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To: freekitty
"Are you sure Obama went to school in the US?"

Indonesia, where he developed amnesia.

22 posted on 09/10/2011 10:29:53 AM PDT by Designer (Nit-pickin' and chagrinin')
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To: i88schwartz

What? Sidwell Friends doesn’t have trailers???


23 posted on 09/10/2011 10:30:25 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: i88schwartz

My wife manages all the facilities and equipment for our school district. A good portion of her job is managing the “portables” - procurement, installation, relocation, leases, etc.

So Obama is going after her job now?


24 posted on 09/10/2011 10:30:48 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: i88schwartz

They used trailers when I was a kid. What’s the big deal?

My great grandmother went K-12 in a one room school that was a church on Sundays.


25 posted on 09/10/2011 10:32:42 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: pepsionice
Correct. This guy doesn't know anything about life in America because he has never lived in mainstream America. My kids had classes in "trailers" 15 years ago, in a school district with a top rating in the state. No big deal. They are common throughout the land--except no doubt at Sidwell Friends.
26 posted on 09/10/2011 10:33:01 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Bet he doesn’t know how much a gallon of milk costs, either.


27 posted on 09/10/2011 10:33:27 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: freekitty

The University of Missouri had a quonset hut next door to Jesse Hall, the administration building. It went up as a temporary building during World War II and was there when I went to college 30 years later. It was finally torn down about 1990 or so after serving for 45 years.

What a dolt. It it would be nice if this was his “UPC Scanner” moment, but the press will give him another free pass. Even worse, the “UPC Scanner” event was not like the press portrayed it at all, but that didn’t stop them from falsely pumping it up for years.


28 posted on 09/10/2011 10:34:52 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: pepsionice
>>You get the impression that this guy really doesn’t know much about life in America.

I read Dreams from my Father during the primary season in 2008, and very much got that impression. Nothing that has happened since has changed that opinion. Nothing that has happened has been much of a surprise, either, sadly.

29 posted on 09/10/2011 10:35:00 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: i88schwartz

He hasn’t gotten out much. Ever.


30 posted on 09/10/2011 10:36:18 AM PDT by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: chris_bdba

My grade school had several portables in the 1940’s, and that was when you could still get a good education in public schools!


31 posted on 09/10/2011 10:37:52 AM PDT by Paperdoll (NO MORE RINOs!)
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To: i88schwartz

0bama is retarded.


32 posted on 09/10/2011 10:41:13 AM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: i88schwartz
The real problem here is, the government can't have union construction thugs building lavish educrat “infrastructure” for big bucks if somebody can just wheel the much cheaper modular (maybe made in a non-union factory) in on a trailer and set it up in one day.

"Learning" has nothing to do with it.

33 posted on 09/10/2011 10:41:31 AM PDT by Gritty (Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let's take these SOBs (Tea Party) out!-Jimmy Hoffa)
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To: freeagle
One of my grade school years my class was in a trailer. A second trailer held our school library. That year my older brother's class met in a nearby church in the room used for Sunday School.

It was the end of the baby boom and our school was bursting at the seams. Been there, done that--the Tshirt no longer fits. It was a tad cold in the winter, but I did learn to read, write, spell and do math with absolutely no harm to my phyche.

And FWIW, I was born a week after our Dear Leader, but I suppose he would have no frame of reference as to what elementary education was like in AMERICA when he was a child.

34 posted on 09/10/2011 10:41:40 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Am I too old to ask for emancipation from the "Federal Family"?? Sarah Palin)
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To: i88schwartz

Around here they build a new school and back the trailers in the next year because they didnt plan or figure how m,any students they would have,\.

But what the heck the Board of Ed, has Masters degrees and Doctorates so who am I to complain.


35 posted on 09/10/2011 10:47:06 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: i88schwartz

Trailers can be moved to accommodate chances in population easier than brick buildings. They come in several styles from dumpy to quite posh. Much like regular construction. They can be kept up or let get junky just like regular construction. Here in California they made more noise during a earthquake. When the F4s landed or took off they were louder. The pilots came back about a day before the carriers did usually. They were also closer to the playground witch was good to get to the tether ball pole first. The worst thing about was the lower ceiling made it harder to throw a ball while the teacher’s back was turned.


36 posted on 09/10/2011 10:47:09 AM PDT by ThomasThomas ( Congressmen should wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers, so we can identify their corporate sponsors.)
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To: i88schwartz

Thats nothing - Trailers?? Why when I was a kid in the 70’s and my school lost power and other reasons I HAD to go to classed in Fort Monroe VA..in the actual old fort..about 100 yards from where Jefferson Davis was jailed...coolest thing ever!!! well now..back then it was damp and OLD...LOL!


37 posted on 09/10/2011 10:48:56 AM PDT by conservativehusker (Ben Nelson makes me ashamed to be a Nebraskan. (Kinda like Bill Calahan once did))
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To: i88schwartz
Some of my most profound life lessons were learned in the backseat of a 1980 Chevrolet Citation.

Not sure what I'd have needed a whole trailer for.

38 posted on 09/10/2011 10:50:56 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: i88schwartz

There is nothing wrong with these “modular classrooms.” In fact, they’re an enormous saver of money. They allow a school to expand and contract with the passing demographics of a neighborhood, without having to ship the students to other districts.

I see nothing wrong with keeping neighborhood schools in the neighborhood. Obama is just trying to tug heartstrings to compel wasteful spending, which is SOP with Dems.


39 posted on 09/10/2011 10:51:30 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I like both Perry and Palin, and will vote for whichever of them wins.)
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To: i88schwartz

Gosh I was taught in trailers at several different schools my entire education starting in 1960. What’s the big deal? Some of them are still in use.


40 posted on 09/10/2011 10:51:48 AM PDT by Pilated
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To: i88schwartz
Remember the sycophant leftist media's coordinated attempt to make it look like President Bush 41 had never seen a supermarket scanner before? This seems like a case where Obama truly has never seen a portable classroom.
41 posted on 09/10/2011 10:52:19 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

And this is the same Obama who keeps traveling up to South Bend, Mishawauka, Goshen, etc where they build all sorts of trailers, travel/sleeping vans, campers and so forth and tells them “Hey, it’s all going to be better”.


42 posted on 09/10/2011 10:53:47 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: i88schwartz

No sympathy from those of us who have footed the bill for multiple Taj Mahal school buildings.


43 posted on 09/10/2011 10:53:47 AM PDT by denydenydeny (The moment you step into a world of facts, you step into a world of limits. --Chesterton)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

He has to go.


44 posted on 09/10/2011 10:54:12 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Designer

LOL


45 posted on 09/10/2011 10:54:55 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: ThomasThomas
Trailers can be moved to accommodate chances in population easier than brick buildings.

This is exactly why they had trailers in my schools. My part of town was a new expanding area, with new neighborhoods, which are exactly the neighborhoods which attract families with small children starting school. The school district built the main school buildings plus added modular buildings for the boom years. After we all graduated high school, the demographic for school age kids plummeted, and they could remove the modulars at the schools. This was just good demographic planning on the school district's part.

46 posted on 09/10/2011 10:55:10 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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47 posted on 09/10/2011 10:56:50 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: i88schwartz

I did grade 6 in a portable...loved it.


48 posted on 09/10/2011 10:57:02 AM PDT by Tim n Texas
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To: i88schwartz

It is up to the local Taxpayer to decide what type of buildings they wish to use.


49 posted on 09/10/2011 10:58:38 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: i88schwartz

dunham shouldn’t have his brother livin’ in a hut.


50 posted on 09/10/2011 10:59:16 AM PDT by biggredd1
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