I will protect your pensions. Nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor. - Chris Christie, "An Open Letter to the Teachers of NJ" October, 2009

Thursday, October 7, 2010

NJ Education Commissioner Jim Gearhart (the Radio DJ)

Let's make this perfectly clear:
Schundler added that Christie was most upset after he heard the coverage of the compromise on Jim Gearhart’s morning radio show on New Jersey 101.5 FM.
As the hearing progressed, Christie’s office summoned reporters for a major announcement — the governor’s decision to kill the long-awaited trans-Hudson train tunnel to Manhattan.
Christie insisted there was no ulterior motive to the timing of his announcement but proceeded to tee off on Schundler and his opponents in the Senate who had called the hearing.
Oh, so it's just a co-inky-dink!
Well, isn't that convenient!

Jim Gearhart is a guy who plays wacky sounds when he wants to amuse his listeners and finds it witty to refer to the NJEA as the "New Jersey Extortion Association." Get it? He traded "Education" for "Extortion"! HA! HA! HA!

He apparently admires Finland. I can only assume that means he wants to use "the most comprehensive social security system in the world" as a model for the USA. Except today, at around 7:40 AM, he went on about how he wishes America would take a few steps backwards, referring to Obama's health care plan, which strikes him as too socialist. Huh.

The man has no experience as a teacher. He has no experience in education research. He has no practical or theoretical knowledge of education (or, apparently, of anything other than bloviating in front of a microphone).

Yet, this man now has veto power over major decisions regarding education policy in the state of NJ.

Everybody OK with that?
What's a Praxis?


thinker said...

Hunh. Correct me if I'm wrong but I've heard that Finland has a very strong teacher's union. Are they extortionists too? I guess it must be nice to be so intellectually dishonest that you can pick and choose the parts you like and ignore the rest.

Duke said...

That's how they roll...