Last week, a group of School Superintendents wrote an incredibly appalling column in The Washington Post. It is titled How to fix our schools: A manifesto by Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee and other education leaders.
It’s astounding to me that so many smart people could collaborate to write a column that is so awful in so many ways.
It has, fortunately, sparked quite a few others to post better-written and more thoughtful pieces that are accurate and research-based.
Here are my choices for The Best Posts About The Appalling Teacher-Bashing Column Superintendents Wrote In The Washington Post:
The bankrupt ‘school reform manifesto’ of Rhee, Klein, etc. by Valerie Strauss of The Washington Post
Misleading Manifesto by Liam Goldrick
A Manifesto of Errors: Rhee, Klein and the Gang Strike Out by Anthony Cody
How to (Let Someone Else) Fix Our Schools by Justin Baeder at Ed Week
Education: Manifesto versus Manifesto by Kenneth Bernstein
“‘Manifesto’ should be resignation letter” is an excellent piece at The Washington Post.
My own post, What Are These Superintendents Thinking?
Lastly, I’d like to include the letter our Sacramento Superintendent wrote about Waiting For ‘Superman.” It’s not directly connected to The Post column but, coincidentally, he sent it out to staff the same day these other Superintendents published their column in The Post. Too bad they didn’t talk to him first. Check-out What Our Superintendent Says About “Waiting For ‘Superman’”
What’s wrong with the ‘manifesto’ — point by point is the title of an excellent post in The Washington Post’s “Answer Sheet” blog.
Randi Weingarten: Don’t scapegoat America’s teachers is the headline of a guest op-ed piece in The Washington Post by the head of the American Federation of Teachers.
“Rothstein: Why teacher quality can’t be only centerpiece of reform” is a must-read piece by Richard Rothstein in the Washington Post.
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