Veteran U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has given political and legislative lessons to presidents and other leading senators. But on Monday morning, the tables were turned on the No. 2-ranking Senate Republican.
Kentucky's senior senator became the student, and fifth-graders became the teachers.
McConnell visited Jennie Rogers Elementary School where students demonstrated "technology at work" by giving him an example of how computers funded by the federal government are used in the classroom. The computers came directly from the Computers for Learning program.
Upon entering the school, the senator, who has been making several tours of Kentucky schools, factories and other facilities during the now-ending August congressional recess, was greeted by Danville Superintendent Bob Rowland, Jean Crowley, board chairwoman, and fellow board member Tim Montgomery, Sandy Embree, district elementary education director, Mardi Montgomery, elementary gifted and talented coordinator, and Jennie Rogers Principal Danielle Dampier.
McConnell was escorted to Tonya Boyle's fifth-grade classroom where he was welcomed by her class and the technology teachers at the district's five schools. The first order of business for the class was to teach the senator a little something about how computers can teach numbers - and do it in a fun way through games. They used a projector screen and operated the games by touching certain places on the game board projected on the screen.