Michelle Rhee is known as the woman who, during her tenure as Chancellor of DC’s public schools, took on a corrupt and failing system and shook it up. The rest of the story is rarely mentioned, not even in the press. It should be.
Suppose you were a school superintendent – what guarantees would be appropriate to demand from your principals? Here’s my thinking: Because what we choose to measure reveals what we value, I would use performance guarantees to send a clear message to my principals about what matters.
Are you upset about all the tests—State tests, the new Common Core tests, the SAT and the ACT and on and on? Well, if you answer every question on this test correctly, this will be the last standardized test you will ever have to take in your life.
Why is Washington in denial? Fear of Michelle Rhee’s wrath? An unwavering commitment to 2007’s great narrative about the fearless young reformer who “challenged failing schools and incompetent teachers”? I wish I knew the answer.
What follows is the story of a missing memo, numerous attempts to unearth it using the Freedom of Information Act, confidential sources, apparently lost email, and new questions about Michelle Rhee’s decision not to investigate widespread erasures on an important standardized test during her first year in Washington, DC.
Adell Cothorne, the former DC principal who appears in our Frontline film, “The Education of Michelle Rhee,” was one of the few educators willing to speak on the record about the widespread erasures during Michelle Rhee’s tenure – and what she has to say is important.
by John Merrow on 05. Jan, 2012 in 2012 Predictions, 2012 Presidential race, Arne Duncan, Cheating, Early Childhood Education, Education Philosophies, Education Wars, Educational Language, Last In First Out, Michelle Rhee, Politics, Pre-K Education, Preschool, President Obama, Standardized tests, Teacher Training, Testing, The Influence of Teachers, innovation, parenting, teachers unions, teaching, technology
Is the year — with a Presidential election on tap — that we finally have broad discussions on the new role of public education?