Actor & Activist Bill Cosby: 'I Don't Know Enough' About School Choice Phase Out in D.C.

By Nicholas Ballasy | February 18, 2011 | 4:49 PM EST

( - When asked for his opinion on the Obama administration phasing out the school choice program in Washington, actor and activist Dr. Bill Cosby, who holds a PhD in education, said he did not know enough about it to comment, adding that if people do not like something, they should get rid of their apathy and become active. asked Cosby, "On an issue related to education, I'm wondering what your opinion is on the Obama administration's decision to phase out the school choice program here in Washington. D.C.?"

Cosby responded,"I don't think that we know what goes on in that backroom with those minds. I mean what those people think they're doing. But, I do know that I don't know enough about it. However, I do feel that if you don't like something, then you get rid of your apathy and you become active and you join with other people, and one thing I do know about politicians is they don't move unless people show them enough numbers. It's a kind of weird job."

Dr. Cosby was in Washington on Thursday being recognized by the United States Navy as an Honorary Chief Petty Officer at the Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center.

He has expressed support for school choice programs across the country as recent as last month during National School Choice week.

"I've seen the people at 4 o'clock in the morning waiting, hoping that they would win a seat for their child in a better school. This is not fair. Parents deserve more choices. I hope parents across the country will learn more about National School Choice Week," said Cosby, who participated in the week's kick-off conference call on Jan. 19.

"If you've never seen the documentary, The Boys of Baraka, and if you care about young, urban, lower-economic America, and the education we provide our children, please give this your attention."

During a ceremony after the press conference, Cosby told the audience why he decided to join the Navy where he served as a Hospital Corpsman from 1956 to 1960, when he was honorably discharged.

"My four years. The growth was wonderful because this thing of obedience. I wasn't a bad boy; I was just sort of left to wander around. [It] didn't happen in the Navy, but one of the obvious funny things about military; I don't know how any of you chose the Navy," he said.

"I think it's interesting to hear different thoughts. Mine I knew I had to get off my block. That's what I told the recruiter after I signed. He said, oh you joined the Navy to see the world. I said nah, I just want to get off my block. See the world. I had been as far as Baltimore."

He later added, "Those years and so many moments remembering why and how I managed to have a double wake up call 04:30 and 04:30. To be born again not necessarily of the Lord Jesus Christ my savior but born again getting out of boot camp and then moving through all of those schools to become somebody."

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