Michelle Rhee is is a one-person PAC. She is raising hundreds of millions of dollars from rightwing billionaires and foundations and corporations to subsidize her program.
What is her program? Destroy teachers' unions; eliminate tenure and seniority; privatize public education. Having failed to transform the public schools of the District of Columbia, she now wants to privatize public education everywhere. ****************************
It is a commentary on our age that an article like this could be written by one scholar and published by another. It is an echo from a past that, I thought, had faded away. It seems I am mistaken.
Louis XIV is famously reputed to have said, "L'etat, c'est moi." Whether or not he actually said those words, in the Age of Kings he might as well have said them because that was both the the general view and the harsh reality. And, the further east one went, the truer it was.
This idea, that the individual embodied the state or the institution or the corporation, echoes into our age, at least in the customs of the U.S. Navy. So, for example, when Admiral Nimitz was about to walk into a room, the officers would be called to attention with the announcement, "Pacific Fleet Arriving", and in would walk Chester Nimitz, the embodiment of that force.
It is this history and this tradition that comes to mind with the title of the essay, "Michelle Rhee's Plan to Destroy Public Education", and we read that her plan is to destroy the teachers' unions. This article tells us everything we need to know about the mentality of the Education Mafia. They think they are sovereign. They think they are public education in just the same way Louis XIV thought he was France.
This is what they think. What do you think about this arrogance?