Jose Vilsonabout 1 year ago
Max, Nihkil, and everyone else, thanks again.
After carefully reading through your comments, I again am lost about the facts. For instance, if you mentioned that Michelle Rhee helped start the New Teacher Project, an org that birthed NYC Teaching Fellows and other such programs, I would have agreed there (full disclosure: that's how I got into teaching.) Otherwise, some of her other initiatives haven't done very well at all. For one, how is the sponsorship of 15 Democrats over 90 Republicans really bi-partisan? Centrist? Maybe. Yet, her claim to fame has also been about challenging her own party (and using Democrats for Education Reform as a vehicle for that challenge). Also, if you've read anything recently, you'll notice that many of the "major" Democratic supporters she had on board have fallen off the bandwagon due to her fumbling on issues like gun control.
These are facts.
Also, she mentioned to a class of brand-new teachers that during her brief tenure, she taped students' mouths to get them quiet. I have a hard time with this idea of "motherhood" in lieu of that.
What's GOOD about this conversation is that, as it stands, we can have a substantive conversation about the merits of the status-quo of the education discourse, whether it be teacher evaluation or the proliferation of standardized testing. We have to be able to look past someone's style (and Rhee's style is a whole 'nother discussion) and get to the substance of her works.