New Mexico's ACTING Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera - protege of Jeb! Bush and a political hack - is facing a tough confirmation hearing. One of the primary complaints against her is that, according to the New Mexico Constitution, Skandera is not qualified to serve:
According to a character named Larry Langley, however, this very clear provision doesn't disqualify Skandera. Why? Stand back - this one is a real gem:Sec. 6. [Public education department;public education commission.]A. There is hereby created a “public educationdepartment” and a “public educationcommission” that shall have such powersand duties as provided by law. Thedepartment shall be a cabinet departmentheaded by a secretary of public educationwho is a qualified, experienced educatorwho shall be appointed by the governor andconfirmed by the senate. [emphasis mine]
So, according to Langley, if anyone ever learned anything from you, you are a "qualified, experienced educator."
Skandera supporters contended “educator” is a broad word that does not necessarily mean a classroom teacher.Larry Langley, head of the New Mexico Business Roundtable, said it is old-fashioned to think all educators are in classrooms.“Please understand that to be a highly qualified educator doesn’t require you to be in front of a classroom,” Langley said. “Every one of us in this room, I hope, are some kind of qualified educator. I’ve certainly learned things from the chair of this committee. I have learned things from the ranking member of this committee, and from many others. You have been my educators, and you have been qualified educators.” [emphasis mine]
- Your mechanic is a "qualified, experienced educator" if he explained to you why you need to change your oil.
- Your local grocer is a "qualified, experienced educator" if she gave you a recipe for grilled zucchini.
- The guy behind the counter at your post office is a "qualified, experienced educator" if he showed you how to fill out a change-of-address form.
- Clyde Frazier is a "qualified, experienced educator" because I heard him on TV the other night explaining how Carmelo Anthony comes off of screens to get open shots.
- My kid is a "qualified, experienced educator" because he told me how to turn off the X-Box.
This is the dumbest thing anyone has ever said, ever. It's also typical of the dismissive, condescending attitude reformy hacks like Langley take toward teachers.
Larry Langley ran for the Albuquerque school board and thankfully got his butt handed to him. His group, the New Mexico Business Roundtable, is funded by reformy stalwarts like the Waltons and Gateses.
This is the sort of attitude toward professional educators that these plutocrats support. This is how they really feel about teachers. They get tax-exempt status for their foundations to promote this sort of thinking.
Isn't that just swell?
Larry, keep up the great work!