"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Michelle Rhee Is A Liar, Period

From today's Bill Turque piece in WaPo:

. . . .Rhee told Fast Company magazine that some of the 266 teachers laid off in October's budget crunch were educators "who had hit children, who had had sex with children, who had missed 78 days of school."

The comment alarmed parents and teachers and District officials because of its implication that a significant portion of the instructors had committed such offenses. When Rhee finally offered numbers to support the claim, they were relatively small: Six of the 266 teachers had been suspended for corporal punishment at some point in their careers, she said, two were chronically absent without leave and one had been suspended and was under criminal investigation for allegations of sexual misconduct.. . . .

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:36 PM

    Actually, it was never ever specified by Rhee that the 6 suspended for corporal punishment or the 2 suspended for absence without leave were teachers. They might be teacher aides, human resources personnel, secretaries or others in the district who are not certificated as teachers and not hired as teachers. The only one she specifically said was a teacher is the one accused of sexual misconduct, which could mean a lot of things by the way. You have to carefully listen to Rhee because she has a forked tongue. It could be that only 1 of the 9 was a teacher and even that one might be innocent.