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

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Klein Scrams From Bloomberg to Join Murdoch, Aarrgh

Quicker than you say Rhee is history, Klein is, too.  After eight years as Bloomberg's edu-stooge, Joel (Gradgrind) Klein is switching thrones by joining the Board of News Corp. as senior advisor to Rupert Murdoch.  Does this mean that Fox News will take the leading propaganda role in the takeover of public schools by the hedge funders and casino capitalists?  Could be.  Does Bloomberg take this opportunity to hire a schools chief who knows something, anything, about schools or education?  Don't be silly.  From the Times:
Joel I. Klein, the New York City schools chancellor, is resigning and leaving city government, and will be replaced by Cathleen P. Black, the chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced at City Hall Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Klein, in turn, will become an executive vice president of the News Corporation.

The mayor called Ms. Black “a superstar manager who has succeeded spectacularly in the private sector” and added, “There’s no one who knows more about the skills our children will need to succeed in the 21st century economy.” A former publisher of New York magazine, she went on to become publisher of USA Today, and now heads Hearst Magazines, which publishes Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping and other titles.

The developments appeared to take top Department of Education officials by surprise. One senior staff member said that aides were notified just before the press conference, and that Mr. Klein had not said anything to them about wanting a new job. The staff member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that top aides did not know anything about Ms. Black.. . . .

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