Thoughts, musings, and observations of a hapless drone working in the headquarters of a large urban school district.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
"I will always make decisions that are in the best interest of kids." Always spoken with great gravity and sincerity, this is one of the favorite utterances "reform" superintendants like Joel Klein or Michelle Rhee. I wish, for once, upon hearing this bromide, some intrepid journalist or parent would ask the simple question: How?
If the problem in urban systems were just incompetence, we would be immeasurably better off. When you are battering your head against one of these bureacracies, it feels like you have found the bedrock of human stupidity, but that is best regarded as part of the system's camouflage, incompetence covering corruption, the James Gang pretending to be the Three Stooges.