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

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Moskowitz Should Be Kept Away from Children

When you think there is nothing more that charter school titan, Eva Moskowitz, could say to top her previous litany of dehumanizing gut punches to the poor children or parents of New York who have made her fabulously wealthy, she comes through with another incredible utterance that shows her unsuitability to be in charge of a dog pound or even a worm farm, not to mention dozens of schools filled with vulnerable and needy children.

At the end of a piece in the Times that describes her snarling response to parents who have sued Success Academy for ignoring their disabled children's rights under IDEA, she had this to say about the inhumane methods used to teach children they are responsible for the academic shortcomings that are entirely predictable for children trapped by poverty:
“We find in schooling that kids are resilient. You know, they sometimes get upset when they don’t do well, and many people think that’s a tragedy.”

“But,” she said, “Olympic athletes, when they don’t do well, they sometimes cry. It’s not the end of the world.”
Really, Eva? Is there any cry from any animal, human or otherwise, that could reach the bottom of your emptiness?

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