Thursday, April 7th, 2011
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Cathie Black Now Not In Charge of Our Children's Future

And also this morning: Cathie Black is donezo as New York City's schools chancellor. Ms. Black was installed in the position with the caveat that she have a "minder" who had some experience working in the school system; Ms. Black's experience was as a member of the board of Coca-Cola and as president of Hearst Magazines. She began the job on January 1. This is enjoyable: "A NY1-Marist poll released on Monday put Ms. Black’s approval rating at 17 percent, with 23 percent of adults not sure or never having heard of her." We really, really look forward to further details.

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dado (#102)

We survived Cathy Guisewite's departure…this too shall pass.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Third term, baby!

MollyculeTheory (#4,519)

A year ago, the approval for the schools chancellor was at 44%. "So where did those people go?" Ms. Black was reported to have asked.

gumplr (#66)

They were all 9th graders.

The school chancellor dropout rate is appalling.

THANK YOU. I was trying to make one of these jokes and I couldn't get there.

KarenUhOh (#19)

"Forty percent don't disapprove."

saythatscool (#101)

Guess she was either going to quit or get the Ack!

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

(hiss)

saythatscool (#101)

Fair enough.

brianvan (#149)

We have someone who's a lot better to step into the role, right?

Or we just have lots of teachers with tenure who want raises?

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

(hiss)

saythatscool (#101)

Do you live in San Francisco by any chance, Charmin?

gumplr (#66)

Or maybe the Bronx Zoo?

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Baghdad, STC. Sometimes Kabul.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Look, Bloomberg's first election campaign was RIFE with statements about being the education mayor, our kids, blah blah. And what did he do the first two terms. And what did he do this term.

There are a million students in the NYC school system. I've taught in schools in every boro but Staten, some PSs and ISs, some magnets and charteresque schools, a private school or two. The teachers are okay. The facilities are mostly passable. The student/teacher ratios are a nightmare, and parents and children appear to be under so much pressure in so many aspects of their lives, in such a support vacuum, that it's a wonder anybody in those buildings can think at all.

brianvan (#149)

This is generally the impression I'm getting from the news, when reading between the lines. We talk about all of this horror all the time at the administrative level, but the schools are generally doing their jobs, and they should not be expected to be a panacea for poverty or indifference in working families. Everyone wants to cut back their investments in the school system (given today's politics of taxation) and they demand spectacular results afterward.

Here's an idea: have each child's parents take the same assessment tests that the kids are forced to take, and rate schools by the differential between the parents' and the childrens' scores. (a +10 differential would be passing) To say that our schools are "failing" because of assessment test results compared only among current and recent students across neighborhoods and boroughs is to rate some of them by a standard that is deeply unrealistic. But to rate schools by how much of an improvement they are over home-schooling, PLUS the free babysitting… well, if we did that, we'd find out we have a city of relative geniuses, and would quickly find the true left-behinds.

I prefer that my children be dumber than me, it's just safer that way.

MichelleDean (#7,041)

You know… What I wonder about this is why doesn't Bloomberg round up all his money-friends and y'know, fundraise for NYC pbulic schools, if he's so eager to get his money-friends involved? It seems to me like the big damage here is done by the perception among the city's elitw that this can and should be mitigated by just being a "philanthropist" for random, ad hoc literacy and theatre programs, and sending your own kids to private school, rather than overhauling the public system? Why not just change the narrative and let them have the fancy balls and things to bag about in Vogue but just direct them at the public school system?

Am I being a naive Canadian here?

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

That would be fine, assuming they also have fundraising galas for the Comptroller's office at the same time, while keeping EdisonLearning et al etc etc from co-opting those dollars and good luck there.

Or, you know, raise taxes.

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