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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:25 PM

Michelle Rhee to actually be held accountable by press for once

Michelle Rhee to actually be held accountable by press for once

"Frontline" examines the face of "education reform" and the cheating she refused to investigate in Washington

BY ALEX PAREENE

Michelle Rhee is the subject of tonight’s “Frontline” on PBS. Considering that Rhee, the former head of Washington, D.C.’s schools, is one of the most deified figures in contemporary American politics, you’d be forgiven for predicting another gauzy follow-up to “Waiting for Superman,” the pro-”education reform” propaganda picture that made Rhee a national figure. But this interview with the episode’s lead reporter, John Merrow (via Dana Goldstein), suggests a much more critical take than Rhee is used to. Because unlike so many other outlets, “Frontline” is going to report on all the cheating.

3. Do you think the documentary will change anyone’s opinion of Rhee?

I don’t think people know how strongly she resisted the investigation of the erasures. That might give some people pause. In Atlanta, the lead investigator told me that they considered three or more standard deviations from the norm to be a strong indication that cheating took place. In the district, there were classrooms that were five, six, seven deviations from the norm. That’s staggering. This is of course the evidence that was presented to Michelle Rhee.


The question, then, is whether any of this will change Rhee’s relationship with the press as a whole. “Education reform,” an unfortunately loaded term, is one of those things, like deficit reduction, that is considered so self-evidently right and good that it’s pretty much OK for “objective” mainstream political press types to support it, and Rhee, as the most visible face of the movement, and its most prominent martyr (she was ousted in Washington by “the special interests,” which in this case means the actual voting parents of Washington, D.C.), is rarely subject to hostile questioning on TV or in other press appearances. When StudentsFirst, her education reform advocacy and lobbying group, released its “report cards” grading each state’s school systems based on how many of Rhee’s policies the state had agreed to adopt, news organizations across the country reported on the findings as if they came from an objective think tank and not an ideological group pushing a set of controversial policies. (According to StudentsFirst, Republican-controlled Louisiana has the most pro-student laws in the nation, while many states with actually high-performing schools end up near the bottom of the rankings because they coddle their teachers a bit too much.) The line on the top of the Orlando Sentinel blog post is illuminating: “Update: Criticism from American Federal of Teachers added to post.” Edited to add “on the other hand,” in other words.

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http://www.salon.com/2013/01/08/michelle_rhee_to_actually_be_held_accountable_by_press_for_once/

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Reply Michelle Rhee to actually be held accountable by press for once (Original post)
DonViejo Jan 2013 OP
MichiganVote Jan 2013 #1
charmay Jan 2013 #2
longship Jan 2013 #3
Sherman A1 Jan 2013 #15
proud2BlibKansan Jan 2013 #4
amandabeech Jan 2013 #5
duffyduff Jan 2013 #6
proud2BlibKansan Jan 2013 #10
duffyduff Jan 2013 #11
We People Jan 2013 #8
duffyduff Jan 2013 #9
progressoid Jan 2013 #13
duffyduff Jan 2013 #7
jsr Jan 2013 #12
LeftishBrit Jan 2013 #14
RandiFan1290 Jan 2013 #16
CreekDog Jan 2013 #17
Starry Messenger Jan 2013 #18
The Blue Flower Jan 2013 #19

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:28 PM

1. That woman is the biggest liar in public life today. Makes Coulter look like a choir girl.

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Response to MichiganVote (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:59 PM

2. Definitely

It's time that the hypocritical, lying so-called educator is exposed for the fake that she is.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:03 PM

3. Rhee is dispicible!

She is a true believer of teachers are the only problem. As a former teacher, I despise this woman. She is the poster child of what is wrong with the education system in this country.

If only she could have been humiliated when she lost her job in DC like she had done to so many dedicated professionals.

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Response to longship (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:22 AM

15. I must disagree with your assessment

She would have to improve by several magnitudes to reach the level of despicable. I heard her speak once here at the St. Louis Speaker Series and just appalled by her placing the blame for everything on teachers and their unions.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:22 PM

4. Sort of held accountable

Disappointing 'expose'.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:29 PM

5. Very disappointing.

When Rhee fired the existing teachers and retained the new hires, she said that the teachers she had fired had been inappropriate with students, i.e., child molesters.

What kind of person would say such things.

Rhee is just as much a sociopath as Mitt Rmoney or any top corporate hench person.

She is unbelievably self-confident (or should I write narcissistic), and seemingly has no human feelings.

No one like that has any business in a school situation.

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:36 PM

6. It figures the show was no good

John Merrow. That's all you need to know.

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Response to duffyduff (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:54 PM

10. I wouldn't call it no good.

They did show when she fired a principal on video. That was just gross. I had never seen that but I had heard about it. I hope that principal sued her.

It was also telling to hear her talk about her mother being concerned that she didn't care what people thought about her. And she laughed.

She also appears to lack empathy. Not a good sign.

Then I was glad to see them describe the alleged test fraud in detail. You don't need to be a statistics expert to see exactly what those principals did and why they did it.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:56 PM

11. When your mom is worried about your attitude, that's a bad sign

It looks like she raised a sociopath.

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:43 PM

8. Yes, it was, and agreed on all points.

Ironically, it ended with a wistful admission from her, "I lost the position I loved," adding that she would loved to have stayed in DC a lot longer.

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Response to We People (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:44 PM

9. She was run out of town on a rail, and she deserved it. n/t

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:30 AM

13. Frontline has become too milquetoat.

I hate to sound melodramatic but...they are too afraid to anger their corporate masters.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:42 PM

7. Diane Ravitch doesn't think much of the show

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:24 AM

12. I give Frontline a C+ for tonight's show

They tried pretty hard to play down the cheating scandal. I guess they're afraid of offending her right-wing patrons.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:17 AM

14. Our dreadful Education Secretary Michael Gove had been planning to introduce her ideas here

Hope this puts an end to her pernicious influence, which is international as well as national.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/goves-us-education-gurus-record-on-schools-questioned-8441794.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:02 AM

16. Plenty of limo lib "Dems" backing this woman too

They are lining up to throw your kids under the bus and take the $$

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Response to RandiFan1290 (Reply #16)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:11 AM

17. Plenty of DUers too, but those brave souls are not to be found on this thread

like other issues, they grow silent until they get the talking points which defend the indefensible.

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Response to RandiFan1290 (Reply #16)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:15 AM

18. This.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 01:13 PM

19. Heard about her, first time seeing her

My impression was that she's unqualified, hides her utter narcissism by saying her cruelty and mendacity is "for the children," is very out of touch with how you educate children. It appeared to me in the scene where she fired the principal was that she was playing to and dressed for the camera, and by implication took great pleasure in humiliating that person. She is by no stretch an educator and does not deserve a place in the national dialogue.

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