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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Michelle Rhee Can't Possibly Be This Stupid, Can She?

Oh, my sweet, sweet lord:
You offered thousands of dollars to teachers and principals who brought up their schools’ test scores. Did you ever consider that it would encourage some to cheat?  
Teachers have integrity. And if money was the motivating factor, they wouldn’t be in education.
Michelle, if money isn't a motivating factor for teachers, why would you offer them money to bring up test scores?!?!

There is no way that Michelle Rhee can possibly be this dumb. It's a trick. It's some sort of Machiavellian trick to make us drop our guard or something. There's just no way she's this obtuse. She can't be...

Can she?

Uh...

ADDING: And I love this:
I assumed you loved publicity. 
I don’t love publicity. I’m not that kind of person.







Yeah, Rhee's a real wallflower...

ADDING MORE: Jack S from the comments:
"Making neat sundaes was a fireable offense? 
It was. Also there was a problem with scheduling."

Not getting along with the Mayor and the parents and the teachers and the principals was a fireable offense?
It was. Also there was a small problem with honesty.
Heh-heh...

6 comments:

JackS said...

"Making neat sundaes was a fireable offense?
It was. Also there was a problem with scheduling."

Not getting along with the Mayor and the parents and the teachers and the principals was a fireable offense?
It was. Also there was a small problem with honesty.

darciecima said...

And don't forget the red carpet!!

http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/3mvevmGfxDK/Won+t+Back+Down+New+York+Premiere/bmfhTP22IIQ/Michelle+Rhee

Michael Fiorillo said...

The problem, Duke, is that you're not as best and brightest as Michelle Rhee.

Or as spiritual: divining how merit pay would appeal to teachers not motivated by money is a kind of neoliberal zen koan, sort of like, "What's the sound of 'non-profits' looting?"

Clearly, you need to work harder to achieve the next level of Transformative Change.

Count Mockula said...

Oh my gosh, I pulled that exact quote and had more or less the same thing to say about it on Facebook. Ridiculous. I wish some journalist who has heard of follow-up questions would get an interview sometime.

Galton said...

Notice how she puts the blame on TEACHERS, not administrators.
Fraud....

An Atheist said...

People like Michelle Rhee are what is fundamentally wrong with education in America today. When her voice is the dominant one and her ideas are the ones being implemented and the teachers, as always, are left out of the decision making process as not being trustworthy or knowledgeable enough we have a serious problem. She is a hack and the sooner she disappears from the ed scene the better.