Not too much more to say than this about Joel Klein’s tenure in New York City. When you cut through the rhetoric you’re hard pressed to find anyone with a serious argument that the schools are not better today in New York than a decade ago.
Cathie Black is a forceful leader with an interesting career behind her, buckle up!
Update: He brought sexy back? In the NY Times Joe Williams says Klein made education sexy again. Seems like a throwaway line but actually there is a lot to that sentiment. Klein has an influential network in a variety of fields including politics, government, the law, and business. So, when he was attacked and called all these crazy things and accused of this and that it rebounded against the very people launching the salvos. Klein’s network knew Klein and knew that the various accusations just didn’t ring right and it changed how they looked at things. So while it may have been politically complicated in terms of the ins and outs of New York politics, Joel leading the New York City schools changed how a lot of influential people in this country thought about education issues. Absent Joel you would not have seen the same rapid pace in the shift in coverage and emphasis that you have or some of the informal signaling around the issue.
8 Replies to “Black Tuesday! Update: Bringing Sexy Back!”
why wasn’t michelle rhee hired?
what’s with News Corp. picking up Klein and wanting to enter the “education marketplace”? Fox News for Kids?
strange times in reform-land? or just a new revelation?
black tuesday me is rejected to google adsense the umpteenth time
Same problem than bangkit, somebody has an idea?
According to the Washington Post a few months back, TFA made teaching sexy.
1984 Van Halen song, Hot For Teacher.
I think what Joe meant was that Klein — with a lot of Bloomberg help — put education on the City’s celebrity front burner. Let’s face it, there’s no business like show business and Mayor Mike brought education to Broaday — and the front pages. I like to remind people that my interview with the Mayor for an Education Next story was cut short by Shakira! And she was there to talk about poverty! Only in New York.
DFER statement: “The last thing we need is someone stepped [sic] in a culture that for far too long tolerated mediocrity and placed harmony ahead of progress.While Ms. Black’s style may differ from Chancellor Klein’s, we firmly believe that Mayor Bloomberg’s unwaivering [sic] commitment to reform will shine through.That is what our schools need.And given her proven ability to manage people, manage large organizations, and implement change, the skills and approach she will bring to the job far surpasses [sic] any statutory preference for someone with a history in the education world.”
Great grammar and spelling!!! So, DFER writers were past grads of NYC high schools and were showing the low standards in the pre-Klein era?
Well, it appears Ms Black will continue the sexy.
“Click here for her iPod Sex Position OTD app.”
“Are you going to charge for that sex tip of the day?” the host, Frank Sesno, asked.
“Yeah, $2.99,” Ms. Black replied, as the host and other guests erupted into giggles. “$2.99,” she repeated. “Cheaper than a hooker,” she continued, before adding, “I didn’t say that, did I?”
El Diario doesn’t care too much for the selection of Mrs. Black: