Interesting. Wonder if Barry will throw her under the bus too.
Maya Angelou, pro-Obama author, blasts president on education
Maya Angelou, a well-known author and poet who’s been a major supporter of President Obama, now says he’s faltering on education, unwittingly driving away children from reading due to onerous standardized testing.
Ms. Angelou was one of 120 in the field of writing who signed a letter to Mr. Obama requesting he scale back federal education policies that require across-the-board testing due to their anti-reading fallout, The Washington Post reported.
The letter states, in part: The tests work negatively “on children’s love [of] reading and literature.”
Ms. Angelou has also specifically condemned Mr. Obama’s Race to the Top legislation as a “contest” that doesn’t really drive children to read, or to glean an understanding of happenings around the globe. The initiative is a multibillion dollar campaign of the U.S. Department of Education that pits states and school districts against each other to win federal dollars.