January 10, 2013
I Don't Buy the Ed Rhee-Form
When star baseball players were caught cheating, they were shunned. We had to come to terms with the fact that their inflated numbers weren't humanly possible. When Armstrong was caught doping, we abandoned the "livestrong" story and realized that he hadn't accomplished what we thought he had accomplished.
They were no longer heroes.
But when we find out about the rampant cheating in Chicago, we still kept Arne Duncan as the Secretary of Education. When the huge Washington Miracle turned out to be far from miraculous, America still hailed Rhee as a hero.
This is not meant as an attack on individual people. Arne, Michelle, Bill and the gang - they might be nice people (though I'm guessing that firing a principal on national television might not qualify as kindness). But rather a critique on how we treat educational reformers.
And regardless of their smiles, their actions go virtually unchecked. Corporate reformers have bought public education and sadly the media has bought their faulty narrative. And as a public school teacher, I'm just not buying it.