WOW. Michelle Rhee was recently on CurrentTV (Seriously? Isn’t Current supposed to be a progressive news outlet?) talking about corporate education policy. The whole segment is pretty infuriating, particularly when she tries to act as though a relentless focus on high-stakes testing isn’t at the core of her brand of “reform”. (Apparently, she’d like us to believe that all those DCPS firings, and that cheating scandal, just appeared out of nowhere.)
Even more offensive, however, was her lamentation of the fact that “education reform is being polarized to extremes,” AS THOUGH SHE ISN’T ONE OF THE PRIMARY ONES FUELING THAT POLARIZATION!!
Real talk, Michelle: if you make up to $50,000 a pop going around the country spreading half-truths and outright lies about the teaching profession; if you pose on the cover of a national magazine with a broom, visually equating your employees— flesh and blood educators— with trash to be swept away; if you partner with some of the most brazen ideologues currently holding public office— you do NOT get to then use the passive voice as you decry the polarization of this field. Period.
ETA this link, for folks who are less obsessed with Harry Potter than I am & need some context for this visual allusion :)