. . . .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.. . . .
"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972
. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Michelle Rhee Is A Liar, Period
From today's Bill Turque piece in WaPo: