Friday, January 29, 2010

Duncan Duh-Nut

People can legitimately disagree on the best way to fix schools. Increasingly, the solutions have been more "nuclear" in nature--closing down schools instead of fixing them, firing teachers, eliminating tenure, and so forth. I agree with none of these solutions, as I believe schools can actually be fixed relatively easily given the political will.
As much as I disagree with the education deformers, none so far has suggested blowing up the schools and starting over. It seems that this is where we might be headed, as Arne Duncan placed his stamp of approval on Hurricaine Katrina as the catalyst of improvement in the New Orleans schools system, saying:

"I've spent a lot of time in New Orleans and this is a tough thing to say but I'm going to be honest. The best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina. That education system was a disaster. And it took Hurricane Katrina to wake up the community to say that we have to do better."

Good thing Duncan wasn't education secretary during 9/11, or he might have said that Osama Bin Laden didn't do enough to really wake up the NYC school system. Good ole Arne probably sees the earthquake in Haiti as an opportunity to improve the schools there as well. I'd suggest sending him there but those poor people have suffered enough.
It's time for this clown to go.


Pogue said...

He probably thinks murder is also good class size reduction. What a doof!

reality-based educator said...

I wonder if someone said that the best thing that could happen for public education these days is for a devastating Category 4 hurricane to blow through Arne Duncan's house, kill his wife, leave one or two of his children missing and leave him homeless and financially ruined, if Arne would see the absolute stupidity and insensitivity of his statement about how beneficial Katrina was for New Orleans?

Probably not - he is an empty hollow shell of a person. You can see it in his eyes. There's nothing in there. Totally disconnected from emotional life - his own or anybody else's.

Anonymous said...

What a S---head

Anonymous said...

Obama will never ger my vote again