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Presidents miscast as teachers-in-chief?

On the Daily Beast, Conor Friedersdorf suggested that presidents, whatever their politics, stay out of classrooms. "I object to the automatic elevation of presidents generally to the role of 'trusted moral leader,'" he wrote, "so I wish President Obama and all his successors would eschew that role, rather than entrenching its precedent more deeply. America requires constitutional officers and moral leaders. We'd save ourselves a lot of unnecessary trouble if we established a bright line between those roles, rather than blurring them in accordance with our ideological affection for the person who happens to be in power."

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