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

Friday, February 06, 2015

Condoleezza Rice: A leader in educational policy?

The recent appointment of Condoleezza Rice (Ph.D, Political Science, former US Secretary of State) as chair of the Foundation for Excellence in Education shows that necessary qualifications for positions in educational policy still include (1) no actual experience teaching in public schools (2) no record of contributing to or even having read educational research.  Dr. Rice joins Arne Duncan, Margaret Spellings, Lamar Alexander, David Coleman and others from both political parties in being completely unqualified for positions of leadership in educational policy.


  1. Michael Fiorillo5:50 AM

    You forgot to include "brazenly lying in public" as a necessary qualification.

  2. This is Condoleezza Rice's true view of public education. Sorry about the source, but she will only reveal this when she thinks she has a friendly audience. http://goo.gl/wuXHs2

  3. Well, hell, wait, Condi Rice picks football players for corporate consumption by the NFL, approved and helped influence the implementation of waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and other tortures. Hell, her name is on the transom of a Chevron oil tanker. These are important skills and fame to bring to education. That history of working with the NSA on those systematic torture techniques are clearly the best of skills which will ensure that "grit" is the preeminent feature in a corporate education.

  4. Condoleezza Rice is also on The Broad Prize for Urban Education Selection Jury according to The Broad Foundation annual report for 2013-2014, page 42. http://goo.gl/Y734Fq