Skoolboy, posting on Eduwonkette, uses his computational and analytical skills to reveal Michelle Rhee’s “fascinating and appalling” style of work. It seems that D.C.’s teacher bashing superintendent is really a sourpuss who’s likely to spend no more than 2 minutes in a classroom visit and likes to read her blackberry while speaking to educators. Skoolboy also tries to make sense out of Rhee’s Time Magazine claim that she answered 95,000 emails last year.
I’m not the only one “all over” Ripley’s Time story on Rhee, says Doug Noon at Borderland.
It’s worth pointing out that Amanda Ripley admits on her blog that she really is a know-nothing writer: “I knew our schools were troubled,” she says, “but I hadn’t realized the compounded effects of all that mediocrity.” The same should be said for uncritical reporters who wander into political hotbeds they don’t understand and merely repeat what they’re told. Perpetuating myths and exploiting fear is how the Bush administration sold the war in Iraq. Instead of WMD, educational mediocrity due to ineffective teaching needs to be rooted out. Now. So they say.
Marshall University prof Joseph Wyatt writes:
…McCain took a skinny dip into the deep end of the hypocrisy pool when he spoke of a fictional "close relationship" between Obama and former 1960s bomber William Ayers. And McCain did so while overlooking his own chummy outings with G. Gordon Liddy, a felon who attempted to undermine the fair election of the president in 1972 when he and others bugged the offices of the Democratic National Committee. McCain has remained conveniently oblivious to Liddy's plot to bomb the Brookings Institution and his sociopathic plan to kill columnist Jack Anderson. The nutty Liddy more than once has instructed his listeners on the proper methods to "off" federal agents. Oddly, Sen. McCain praises Liddy as a fellow who upholds American values.