It's no secret: she's unqualified. We all know it, she knows it, but she's smart enough to know she needs time to come up with some trite, hackneyed answers to the standard questions before she can trust herself to actually talk to a parent.
But, hey, I'm sure those half-hour visits and story-times with kids will get her up to speed right away. I mean, it's not like teaching is a profession or anything. At least, it's not hard like publishing:
Mayor Bloomberg has said he appointed Black because she's a "world class manager" who has the vision to steer a school system of more than a million students and an annual budget of $23 billion through a time of budget cuts. She chairs Hearst Magazines and was previously at USA TODAY and New York Magazine. Those who know her, including Katherine Wylde at the Partnership for New York City, say she is truly an excellent manager with good people skills. But her lack of experience in education means these next few weeks before she formally takes office, on January 3rd, will provide some information about how she's preparing to run the nation's largest school district.This is the same arrogance as Gates: I made a lot of money, so I must know what I'm doing.
Well, why don't you two go design some bridges or perform some open-heart surgery or re-shingle your roofs while your at it. You're obviously qualified to do that as well.
I don't know about you other teachers, but this has been the most demoralizing part of this latest wave of "reform" - the sheer hubris of those who keep telling us that they know better than we do what's wrong with the system.
Sorry, fellas, but you don't have a freaking clue. You should be listening to us instead of dictating from your golden thrones of ignorance and arrogance.