It should come as no surprise that WaPo's Jay Mathews is all aflutter that NYC's junkstore model for "highly-qualified" teacher preparation is about to come to DC. After all, Fenty's duplicitous, and perhaps illegal, appointment of Michelle Rhee, former New Teacher Project Director as the new chancellor of DC Schools, promises a good future for Mathews, who continues to use his day job as a way to promote visibility for his other concerns such as the College Board, KIPP, Kaplan (a WaPo property), and his lucrative authoring on issues for which he has no expertise beyond that which he has proclaimed for himself.
The fact that a national newspaper would continue to allow Mathews to promote his conservative and self-serving opinions in the news stories that he files is a sad statement on the cringing rush to the Right by the media and the overriding desire among elites (both right and left) to arrive at a cheap solution to the crumbling, lead-laced apartheid schools of our nation's capitol.
Enter Michelle Rhee, who is schooled in the new school of teacher preparation, which consists of a 6-week basic training period that focuses on classroom discipline. She and her media relations man, Mathews, have a solution, in fact, for the 50% rate for urban teacher turnover: they would turn over all of them by creating a corps of Teach For America Temps (call it T-FAT), composed of young Ivy League graduates who are offered a resume-building opportunity before our best and brightest go on for their corporate law training or their corporate medical training. Fenty will be get the cheap, compliant, hard-working, malleable, and temporoary teacher corps that the moneyed ed reformers are demanding from him. No silly requirements for that boring educational theory, ed history, child development, teaching methods, educational psychology, fieldwork, curriculum making, or assessment training. This is a bold new era with a more efficient understanding of what it means to be a highly-qualified teacher (for poor kids).
Think of it. No costly retirement plans, no seniority issues, no highly-degreed or expensively-experienced employees, no resistance to the curricular or behavioral brainwashing programs developed by corporate curriculum makers aimed at creating "corporate learning environments." No wonder that Fenty can afford to pay the AFT leadership to play ball. And it will save billions, as reported where else, in the Washington Post, for the costly unending expense of replacing the fleeing educators whose ethics, nerves, or stomachs cannot abide the slave mentality that they are expected to promulgate among the Work Hard, Be Nice KIPPster children, all of whom are black, brown, and/or poor.