Richard Whitmire (RW) wrote a fawning book on Michelle Rhee (MR), entitled “The Bee Eater.” It reads like a book on the Lives of the Saints. It seems to me like RW uncritically accepts just about everything that MR has to say, which makes it for not very pleasant reading. I’m reading it so you don’t have to. I will try to finish it soon and will have a review then.
RW came to Politics and Prose and got an earful of objections from local DC teachers who thought that Michelle Rhee was a disaster. Naturally, RW’s response was to call all of us conspiracy theorists. Earlier, he had compared those of us who tried to figure out exactly what MR had done in Baltimore, to Obama ‘birthers.’
Here is a recent email exchange between RW and some other folks:
From: richard whitmire <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Phillip Marlowe <email@example.com>
Sent: Wed, February 23, 2011 8:14:19 AM
Subject: Re: Politics and Prose
phil…or whatever your name actually is. i didn’t respond before because i have simple rule in life: spill contents of my emails, i cease communications…don’t bother writing back.
Dear Richard,I didn’t make it out to P&P, but I’ve read a few reviews.
This one was reposted on Guy Brandenburg’s blog:
I appeared at Politics & Prose yesterday, “the” bookstore in D.C. located in upscale NW, and encountered a steady stream of Rhee detractors — all of whom offered up bizarre conspiracy theories about Michelle, but not a single person had any thoughts on why low-income African American kids in D.C. are as much as two years behind comparable kids in other urban areas. Pretty sad, really.
You live in some strange world. You look at those who have a problem with lying as “birthers”.
I think you had the answer in your book when you wrote of Dunbar that no one has a sure-fire way to fix urban public schools, especially high schools.
Well, Bob Somersby, who write the dailyhowler.com, has some ideas about the low income AA kids and he was at P&P.
And, if you had done your research and read dailyhowler.com and the links he provided back in July 2007, you would have found that UMBC report on EAI that shows it would have been damn near impossible to have 63 students scoring at the 90th percentile.
Well, regarding birthers, they found the “birth certificate” and Michelle has retracted her claim. (until she meets another sycophantic media person or symposium audience).
Yours in honesty,