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

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Joel Klein Steps Into Role as Oligarchs' Bomb Thrower

While Joel Klein was Chancellor of NYC Schools, there was no one besides Bloomberg that teachers hated more within the five boroughs.  With his saccharine smirk that elevates an arrogance born of ignorance and an utter disdain for educators, Klein played McChoakumchild to Bloomberg's Gradgrind with true Dickensian authenticity. 

Now that Klein is spending more time with his family in the wake of the great New York test score fraud, he has yet ascended to the boardroom of News Corp, where he gets his marching orders from Murdoch's top propaganda artists, who live by the dictum that the masses fall more readily for the big lie than the small one.

And so it is that Klein has been set upon any unsuspecting and gullible public, here and abroad, to spew the Oligarchs' big lies to anyone willing to listen:
Clearly both the Mayor and the former schools chancellor, Joel Klein, have a different idea of what makes a good teacher. Over the weekend, Klein deplored that fact that it was easier to execute a killer than fire an incompetent teacher. “Five to 10 percent are not remotely capable,” Klein told the London Sunday Times. “It’s easier to prosecute a capital-punishment case in the U.S. than terminate an incompetent teacher.”

Nice metaphor. . . .

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