Naturally, I am warmed by Guy's vigorous defense of Frontline. I especially welcome his view regarding perpetrators of educational fraud,
- --------------------------- http://gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com/ If we had a secretary of Education who actually knew something about education and learning, and not the dishonest idiot we have now (Arne Duncan), then there would be a real investigation into all the cheating in school system after school system across the country, aided and abetted by the likes of DC?s Henderson, Ryan, and Rhee. - ----------------------------
I especially note his comment, "...there would be a real investigation into ALL [my caps,HP] the cheating in school system after school system across the country..." Yes, indeed, there should be. And, Guy seems especially exercised about "monetary fraud",
>Monetary fraud? you may ask. >Yes, I reply. >Read Adell Cothorne's complaint about the cheating >scandal at Noyes and you will see a cogent monetary >estimate.
Gentle readers, allow me to point out that the reason Michelle Rhee is in this position, at all, is because of the unanimous opinion that the public schools across the country, and DC public schools in particular, have collapsed. That children would spend twelve VERY EXPENSIVE years in these systems, graduate with the imprimatur of the states (a high school diploma), yet be functionally illiterate,
http://www.nrrf.org/essay_Illiteracy.html According to current estimates, the number of functionally illiterate adults is increasing by approximately two and one quarter million persons each year. This number includes...20 % of all high school GRADUATES [my caps, HP].
points to one thing and one thing only: massive on-going fraud.
In other words, it is most certainly bad enough that children can spend twelve long years in the public schools and come away with nothing, but that 1/5 of all GRADUATES are functionally illiterate(with the clear implication that very many others are of no great academic accomplishment) means not only that the schools do not deliver on their promises, they lie about it. Well, friends, we have a word for that: fraud. And, as Guy suggests, this is fraud that comes at enormous social, fiscal, and economic expense.
Michelle Rhee was hired in the desperate hope that she could do something about that in the DC Public Schools system. Everybody, except the Education Mafia of course, wanted Rhee to succeed. Including Rhee.
In short, Michelle Rhee wanted it too much and she committed exactly the same mistake that the Education Mafia commit every day. In her desperate desire to see real improvement, she was too willing to believe news that was, literally, too good to be true. Having been put in the position of trying to do the impossible, exactly like the Education Mafia, she ended up---well, if not actually committing, then overlooking, tolerating, even suborning, fraud---exactly like the Education Mafia.
My one and only point is that if Guy Brandenberg wants to put Michelle Rhee in jail, and that may well be what she deserves, then most certainly a whole bunch of other people---people I rather unkindly refer to as the Education Mafia---need to be going to the same place.
Since I have been calling for this for several years, I am pleased indeed to welcome Guy Brandenberg and, so it seems, Michael Goldenberg to the cause: Let's put in jail the perpetrators of educational fraud.
(If, as I cannot help suspecting, putting the Education Mafia in jail is not what Messrs. Brandenberg and Goldenberg have in mind, then I humbly suggest to them the aphorism: People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.)