Perspective on Rhee’s words
By Victor M. Glasberg
The recent tempest over Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee’s explosive statements about fired D.C. teachers illuminates a whole lot more than the utility of avoiding injurious rhetorical excess.
The politicians and unions taking potshots at Ms. Rhee have for decades been knowingly complicit in the maintenance of an educational wasteland in the District’s public schools. As an employment and civil rights lawyer, a public school advocate and the father of a public school teacher, I oppose, as all reasonable people should oppose, the slurring of teachers as a group.
But the righteous indignation being generously voiced over Ms. Rhee’s exasperated outburst ill becomes those who have responded to her desperately needed reforms with intransigence, professional irresponsibility and political cowardice. Ms. Rhee’s offense is far milder and far less damaging than theirs.
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