2010 September 19 Sunday
Michelle Rhee Wants More Aggressive Educational Reform

While Michelle Rhee is about to get ousted from her position in charge of Washington DC schools in the wake of the black rebellion against white gentrification and professionalization of government in DC she's still totally devoted to the fire-teachers-until-things-improve style of school management. I am happy to hear she wants to apply left-liberal thinking on education even more vigorously.

She did not mention Gray by name or criticize him directly at the Newseum screening. But in a kind of Sarah Palin "don't-retreat-reload" moment, she said the takeaway from the D.C. election for education reformers was that it was time to become even more aggressive in the push for measures such as tougher teacher evaluations using test score data and performance-based pay.

"I would say that the biggest tragedy that could come from yesterday's [Tuesday's] election results is if the lesson people take from this is that we should pull back. That is not the lesson," Rhee said. "That is not doing right by what Adrian Fenty has put into this effort for the last three and half years, that is not the right lesson for this reform movement. We cannot retreat now. If anything, what the reform community needs to take out of yesterday's election is now is the time to lean forward and be more aggressive and more adamant."

What would be ideal: The "reform community" (aka blank slate liberal-left social engineering professional educators) should focus on a few cities that have substantial liberal white majorities with black minorities. In only those cities (gotta limit the extent of the damage), safe from black voter overturn, they should pursue their strategy of firing large numbers of teachers (up to 80%) until the racial test gap closes. We need to see this experiment play out in its stronger form. Only the purging of the kulaks, oops, sorry, wrong revolution....only the firing of large numbers of teachers every year will demonstrate the truth or falsity of the latest liberal vision for American education.

Michelle Rhee should be put in charge of the schools of an ideal city. The ideal city would have a much larger number of white voters than white parents. That way impractical white non-parents would stay supportive of Michelle Rhee even while liberal white parents get upset that their favorite teachers are getting fired. Nothing should get in the way of the take-no-prisoners approach to testing out this progressive liberal idea.

It is crucial that the unrealistic bull-in-a-china-shop idealists get a few cities to control to implement their most severe educational agenda so that we do not get a weaker version of their ideas implemented on a national scale. We need some obvious experimental sites where their ideas can fail on a most spectacular scale. I realize this means there'll be a certain number of friendly fire casualties. But local battles will produce fewer casualties than a large national ideological war against teachers as the latest blame targets. The Inquisition has put reality off the table. So the tragedy must play out in the least damaging form possible.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2010 September 19 03:05 PM  Education

Contemplationist said at September 19, 2010 3:29 PM:

Yes Randall we all know that firing a few teachers in a system that hasn't had firings since well decades is Communism.
And we all know that its all about the students (HBD arguments) and no possible inefficiencies exist in a wholly socialist
school system. And we all know how low-paid those unionized teachers are! Yeah, we also know no budgets of any state and local
governments are being busted paying pensions and benefit for these teachers and other "public workers."

Brendon Carr said at September 20, 2010 1:38 AM:

Seattle or Portland!

Bill said at September 20, 2010 8:42 AM:

San Francisco.

Randall Parker said at September 20, 2010 5:32 PM:

Seattle, Portland, SF: Yes, great candidates. Any good East Coast cities for social engineering experimentation? Maybe somewhere in Connecticut? Best to have these experiments done near Yale and Harvard where their faculty can watch. Ditto the northeastern media elite.

CamelCaseRob said at September 21, 2010 5:46 AM:

If all Asian-American women would have babies with African-American men(as I assume Rhee intends to do), that would be one way to "close the gap" as we lost the IQs of pure asian people.

Dragon Horse said at September 21, 2010 8:59 AM:

Rhee's fiancee is black, his name is Kevin Johnson, I'm, pretty sure he "hipped her" to what would "go down". In fact I have heard he had been trying to "run interference" for her with some influential black people in DC, but not working, the teachers union and the bureaucrats are too entrenched, they went to the mattresses...basically called Fente a "sellout" during the election...Rhee will likely be gone by end of the year.

sg said at September 21, 2010 7:37 PM:

Rhee is 40. She won't be having kids. She likes experimenting on other people's kids.

CamelCaseRob said at September 22, 2010 6:19 AM:

She won't but other Asian-American and European-American women will. I think part of the Left-elite plan for dealing with the IQ gap is to literally fuck the stupid out of NAMs via interbreeding.

Mthson said at September 23, 2010 1:10 AM:


In my own social circle, the people who marry NAMs tend to be lower IQ or just screw ups in general, so closing the gap via that route seems unlikely. It's just removing the screw ups from the white population.

(I don't doubt genetic engineering will eventually close the gap, but that's not for a while.)

Check it out said at July 11, 2013 6:36 PM:

To start with, schools are not a place for religion, not a place for social stratification. Schools are for knowledge. Our children need to understand that there are educational institutions and there are other types of schools: evening and religious schools, where one can follow special dress code rules.

Elements of religious clothing of any religion need to be eliminated at school. A conflict that starts between parents should not get children involved.

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