Janet Babin, Host, WNYC News
Janet Babin is a host and reporter at WNYC.
Child advocates interviewed the nation’s children about what they want out of President Obama’s second term. The groups have compiled a video of the responses, and want President Obama to watch it.
Child advocates interviewed some of the nation’s children about what they want out of President Obama’s second term. The groups have compiled a video of the responses, and they want President Obama to watch it.
The effort was coordinated by the Children’s Leadership Council, a coalition of organizations in the child and youth advocacy field.
They called for submissions from children 5 to 25 and made a video of the responses.
Some of the kids interviewed for the video are from New York City.
“What I really want to talk about is gun control,” said Emelie Seaman, a student at the School for the Future.
She said there are many tests for car drivers, but not enough for gun owners. She wants President Obama to institute more regulations for gun holders.
Several children expressed concern that teacher evaluations are often linked to standardized testing scores, instead of to observing teachers in the classrooms,” said Caitlin Johnson, co-founder of Spark-Action, a children’s advocacy organization that created the videos.
Other students want the President to diversity the public school curriculum.
“Kids in American are just being taught to memorize and they’re not being taught to just comprehend what they’re learning,” said 15-year-old Zaki Messaoud, a student at the School of the Future in Gramercy Park.
Other hot topics included bullying and violence in classrooms. Many students also wanted the President to address hunger in schools, and to keep the school lunch program in place. Some asked President Obama to follow through on his healthcare plan, and expressed concern about the rising cost of healthcare, and how it affects their parents.