Jan 09, 2018
There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding the TV personality’s political ambitions. Some are wondering what a prospective President Winfrey would mean for American education.
Oprah’s recent Golden Globes speech sent her skyrocketing from media personality to presidential pick overnight for thousands of Americans. But what are her views on education and, more importantly, education reform?
The folks at Chalkbeat did some sleuthing and found that while Oprah has talked a lot about education over the years, given $6 million to charter schools, and even founded her own school in South Africa, we don’t know much about the magnanimous former talk show host’s views on fixing American education.
A definite bone of contention for many educators will be her past support for charter schools, which she gave prominent attention to with her 2010 show promoting the controversial pro-charter school film Waiting for Superman. It was on her TV special that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced with New Jersey U.S. Senator Cory Booker a $100 million investment in Newark’s struggling public schools (a project with its own mixed fortunes).
Perhaps President Winfrey would smile favorably on private tutoring? We’ll have to wait to learn Oprah’s perspective on that front, along with her ultimate political ambitions and broader views on fixing American education.
A tired country waits, no doubt with baited breath.
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President Winfrey? Here’s what we know about Oprah’s education outlook https://ny.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2018/01/09/president-winfrey-heres-what-we-know-about-oprahs-education-outlook/