Rhee is no messiah. I don’t expect any chancellor to be a messiah. I also know what I want for my child is better than what both Rhee and DCPS has to offer. It’s not 20 years backwards, but 20 years forward. Rhee cannot get us there. How can she, when she has made so many enemies and has personally become the distraction. The leader cannot be the distraction.
Thanks for this perfect example of the phenomenon at work: Remember. Everything’s about Rhee. Forget about the necessary reforms. We won’t even talk about that. Rhee’s personally unpalatable. That’s all that matters.
“Rhee is the whirling dervish of hype and propaganda, with little to nothing to show for it.
“I hope all the people who blindly adored this education leader will take their blinders off and embrace a real educator whoever it is, to replace her.”
Written by Anonymous, on some sort of electronic bulletin board for ward 3 (http://www.dcurbanmom.com/jforum/posts/list/126833.page)
Writer A: “Most DCPS parents support Rhee because they realize she’s the best hope for turning around the system.”
Writer B: “Um, no. That’s what the Jay Mathews keeps repeating, but there is absolutely no evidence for this statement. I’m a DCPS parent. I want change. Rhee ruined the things that worked at my child’s school and drove out good teachers and administrators. It’s not so much to ask that we have a school leader that, I don’t know, actually has so[me] experience in the field of education. Is it?
I think you’re misunderstanding. The pp named a particular characteristic of Rhee–her tendancy to alienate those she needs as allies–as a reason that she’s not the appropriate leader going forward.
I know I’m not the only person who thinks that Rhee has done some good things, but can’t be counted on to finish the job.
I hear this too much[:] ‘I like my new playground / facility, which was built under Rhee. Said facility was also built during the hottest summer on record. It was built in a year my sister had twins. The new school was built during the Chinese Year of the Golden Tiger.’
The golden tiger and my twin nieces didn’t bring you Stoddert’s new building, or Deal’s, or Eaton’s playground … and neither did Rhee.
My girlfriend is a teacher at one of the top performing schools and she seems to think that the divide among teachers is by generation. Younger teachers seem to love Rhee, older ones, not so much. Friend is highly qualified and she is doing extremely well under the assessments. She also said that the reason why most teachers are getting fired is because they are really, really bad. The teachers that fail the assessments are failing parts that even non-teachers should get correct.
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Not so in our school. The younger teachers are feeling more disillusioned and disgusted with Rhee than the veterans. These are idealistic young people who have no ax to grind. If you want to see the real effects of Rhee, walk around in a school during DC-BAS, DIBELS, and TRC. It’s such a time suck. And for what? Seriously silly data.