Calling all teachers! Do you have qualified educators in your district’s leadership?
I just finished reading a comment on Mark’s recent post “The Silent Majority and Vocal Minority”. It comes from Dan Middleman, M. Ed. and it reads:
I’m in Wake County (Raleigh). We just got Rhee’s underling Tony Tata. So far, though, he’s treading lightly and avoiding controversial moves (in the face of a very conservative board that hired him). I give him credit for guts so far. Let’s see if it lasts. He doesn’t have any educational background and our school system has a good reputation. Time will tell.
Thanks, Dan, you’ve just inspired me. Lately, we’ve been seeing an awful lot (double meaning intended) of minimally qualified educators holding key leadership positions in school districts nationwide. Now I have a question for all of you and I hope that you will take the time to respond to this question in the comment section. Is your district led by qualified educators? Or is it led by other people who aren’t from the field? Perhaps it’s led by those people who say they can learn quickly despite their lack of expertise. Perhaps they even seem sincere as former Denver Superintendent Michael Bennet (now US Senator Bennet) once did. Maybe your leaders are the ones who say how valuable teachers are while they silently pursue agendas that tend to undermine quality education for students and teachers’ rights. But I’d like to hear it from you, the readers, in a very informal survey.
We already have a little bit of information on two districts, but feel free to add details. Denver: Superintendent Tom Boasberg (Broad Fellow) lists his experience as a junior high teacher in Hong Kong (!?!) at the bottom of his district-posted biography and listed qualifications and experience. Wake County, Raleigh, NC : Tony Tata, no educational background (unless you count the time he spent working under, ahem, “master” teacher Michelle Rhee.) Let’s collect some data! This time it might even be fun!