Thursday, November 28, 2013
The New Recipients Of My 2013 Golden Turkey Award.
Yes, its Thanksgiving and the time for me to issue my annual "Golden Turkey Award". Who are the most deserving recipients of the award this year? There was quite a bit of competition this year. Christine Quinn, Chancellor Dennis Walcott (past winner), President Obama, Meryl Tisch, the idiots at Tweed, and of course Mayor Bloomberg's failed education legacy (past winner). However, I have identified the three most deserving individuals that are my recipients this year because of their failure to understand the New York City Public Schools.
First, and foremost is the Commissioner of the State Education Department, John T. King who has proven to be inept at his position and alienated everybody he encounters, except the Governor.
Mr King has imposed an unworkable "teacher evaluation system" complete with "junk science" and was bitterly disappointed when only 1% of the teachers statewide were rated "ineffective". To ensure that doesn't happen in New York City, he imposed a more stringent "teacher evaluation system" and to make sure that more teachers are rated "ineffective", the "junk science" scores alone can be used to determine a teacher's rating.
Now he has tried to impose high stakes testing throughout the State from Kindergarten to high school and demands the use of "common core" even when the materials and teacher training are lacking. He tried to impose restrictions at public meetings that backfired in his face. Moreover, his "I'm always right" attitude has even turned off many of his allies. Finally, his insistence in keeping inBloom inc. has made him a "laughingstock" of the country as all the other States have either dropped or are dropping the company.
Second, is the Federal Education Secretary, Arnie Duncan, the basketball playing buddy of the President, who has shown to speak out of both sides of his mouth and in his latest gaffe has complained that "white suburban soccer moms are discovering that their children are not as brilliant as they think". Only to apologize the next day.
Arnie Duncan's education legacy as head of the Chicago School System was of failure and his tenure as the Education Secretary is no better.
Finally, I bring you the clueless Campbell Brown who falsely claims that teacher's found guilty of "sexual misconduct" are being allowed to teach in the classroom. Of course what Campbell Brown either fails or doesn't want to understand that accusations of "sexual misconduct" is not evidence. Therefore, in the warped world of Campbell Brown any accusation that an investigator substantiates must be true and no damn evidence is needed. In other words "due process rights" and the assumption that a teacher is "innocent until proven guilty" that is part of our country's history is foreign to Campbell Brown's assumption that any suspicion of "sexual misconduct" is good enough for her to have the teacher terminated.
I guess Ms. Brown would be happier if our justice system was more like Nazi Germany's or the Soviet Union under Stalin.