Take Newark State Superintendent Cami Anderson:
Folks, there's no bigger fan of Title IX than yours truly. I say that as the uncle and brother of some outstanding college athletes who happen to be women. Women deserve all the protections and entitlements and privileges that have been traditionally reserved for men.
But let's recap:
Apparently, the following acts are exemplars of moral courage:
- Requesting that the state overturn a recent tenure law that was negotiated in good faith by the Newark Teachers Union -- a law that seems to be working out well across the rest of the state.
- Implementing a school restructuring plan that disproportionately targets teachers of color, even though there is scant little evidence that plan will do a thing to help student achievement.
- Walking out on a mother because you, and you alone, have decided what is and is not appropriate speech for people who are advocating for their children.
- Suspending principals for daring to exercise their first amendment rights.
- Throwing PTO presidents out of schools and suspending staff because you don't like what they say on the phone when they're in the bathroom.
- Reneging on teacher compensation deals that were suspicious to begin with.
- Taking a bow at the biggest speech of the year for your boss, who has said explicitly he does not care about the opinions of those citizens of Newark who dare to disagree with him.
- According to them both, not heeding the summons of the chair of the state's most important legislative committee on schools, and not answering the emails of the elected representative of your school board.
All of these acts are so selfless, so noble, so righteous indeed that they deserve a public self-lauding -- one where the author can tell us all about her lonely, arduous crusade at her extremely elite college to get more money for her crew team so she could fly to her meets rather than drive.
Take a sec to let that sink in...
Anderson really should be more careful: she just might re-injure herself, what with all the contorting she's doing to pat herself on the back.
Two peas in a pod.