Those of you over 30 may recognize that line from one of Natalie Cole’s hits…I wonder if Michelle Rhee has whispered those same words to herself? Probably not because I doubt she has ever even heard the song before. Oh well, she may not know the song but I am sure she was able to relate to the sentiment as parents, community members, and teachers made their voices heard at Thursday’s council meeting to protest the mass layoffs from early October. I said it before and I’ll say it again: Firing large numbers of teacher will not solve the problems in D.C., no matter how you ‘dress’ the ‘solution.’ Although Rhee claims the firings were due to budget cuts, anyone who has been following her regime (at least, that’s what I think it is) knows that she hired a large number of Teach for America grads, then decided to layoff veteran teachers. You know how the saying goes: If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck then by God, it’s a duck. Those within the Education circles know exactly what she is trying to do: Build her ‘Fantasy Education Team’ to keep the money rolling in, nevermind the hostility, animosity, and deep distrust built-up along the way.
You know what? I stand corrected. Perhaps Michelle can’t relate to those words because she doesn’t care. She knows that as long as she ‘appears’ to address the issues, no one will question her. As long as our society perpetuates this Great White Hope mentality and someone (Rhee) swoops in to save these poor, uneducated Black and Brown kids, making philanthropists feel good in the process, no one will question a damn thing. A master plan that requires dedicated educators be kicked to the curb because they refuse to go along with the overseer is just wrong. On so many levels. Too many to dissect in a blog. If you know anything about History, then you know the point I am trying to make.
That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!