I couldn’t participate in yesterday’s Teacher Town Hall for NBC’s Education Nation, and I blame Blighter for it.
The Ozymandia blogger and my good friend was married on Saturday, and let’s just say I enjoyed myself a little too much to be involved in any serious discussion on education issues.
Yesterday, at NBC’s Education Nation Summit at Rockefeller Center, featured special Meet the Press panel, a panel discussion about the upcoming school reform documentary Waiting for Superman, as well as the Teacher Town Hall I missed. They’re both linked below, but some things of note:
- Randi Weingarten needed some real coaching in that discussion. It’s amazing, and downright insulting, that we send a non-teacher up to defend one of the oldest professions in civilization. You can’t go up against Canada and Rhee, the education golden-children, looking like a shrill Teamster’s wife on the picket line.
- Geoffrey Canada, Harlem education entrepreneur, has enjoyed enormous success, which should be applauded. But how many of us have the financial resources he has to do the outside-the-box stuff that works in his situation?
- Michelle Rhee comes off as a complete whiner and a bad loser. She whines about lawsuits, AFT support of her boss’ opponent in the DC mayors’ race, the fact that a democratic government hamstrings her efforts. C’mon…cowboy up and face reality: you had the White House, the US Department of Education and the reform movement behind you. Don’t whine about losing an election: those are the breaks. Man up and deal.
- In a part of the Teacher Town Hall, where a teacher (young, maybe TFA?) gets up and says teachers “should be under attack…we should be held accountable…you’re not in this for the money”, she just sounds like a TFA shill. Furthermore, she should face political and economic reality. You will NEVER attract the best teachers with salaries not commensurate with other professions, nor will you attract them with the flimsy education requirements of graduate schools.
- The fact that teacher/bloggers such as Deven Black, Ira Socol, Sabrina and yours truly–teacher/journalists that not only stick their neck out on education “reform”, but also teach as well–were so underrepresented boggles the mind. Not to toot my own horn, of course.
Below are the links to each of these pieces, so take a look for yourselves, and be as liberal as you want with your opinions:
MSNBC “Waiting for Superman” Panel discussion
Part II of “Superman” Panel discussion
Part III of “Superman” Panel discussion
Part IV of “Superman” Panel discussion
Part V of “Superman” Panel discussion
MSNBC Teacher Town Hall: “Are teachers under attack?”
A Letter to Andrew Cuomo: Mr. D for New York’s new P-12 Assistant Education Secretary
English: New York State Capitol viewed from the south, located on the north end of the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dear Governor Cuomo:
I hear that you’re losing one of your top advisors to…law school?
May I ask, do you recruit from the kiddie pool? May I suggest your next interview be during adult swim?
When I heard of Katie Campos’ departure as Cuomo’s P-12 Assistant Education Secretary, I wasn’t surprised. I mean, how much can a 20-something who has NO experience in the classroom, NOR in administering a school building know about New York’s arcane system?
Let me repeat that—she was never in a classroom.
She was never even a principal.
She was never a TFA drone, a Teaching Fellow, a Broad Fellow or any of the other alternative programs that the reform crowd love to tout as “experience.”
Michelle Rhee, Richard Barth, Geoffrey Canada…I have my issues with these people, but at least they had some real knowledge of the trenches of education.
Campos spent her three years between college graduation and her Albany post as nothing more than a political apparatchik, from Democrats for Education Reform to the New York State Charter Schools Association. That’s akin to letting the late Ted Kennedy be principal of a girls’ high school—probably inept, and possibly disastrous.
And she was your “most experienced” team member? I hear the lamentations of a thousand pairs of soiled undergarments.
So for Campos’ replacement, I humbly urge you, our esteemed governor, to select someone with experience, commitment, passion and above all a vested interest in education.
Someone like me.
Now, besides being ravishingly handsome, I do bring some important skills to the table. So before I start sending my resume up to Albany, a few bullet points to strengthen my case:
With a CV like that, there isn’t a statehouse in America that wouldn’t want me on their team, right?
If you are interested, Governor Cuomo, my LinkedIn profile is right here, and I can be reached through this blog or at my email email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
Give my best to Sandra Lee (that was from Future Mrs. D).
PS: If per chance you request an interview, please make sure it’s a nice day as Future Mrs. D enjoys the drive to Albany.
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