It’s not the ideology. It’s not the politics. It’s not the ego (see most recent HuffPost by Cami Anderson, the overpaid tsar of Newark education). It’s not the national pundits screaming at each other over the Internet.
It’s just plain incompetence and indifference to babies of all shades.
This is from a teacher and it’s a better blog than I or anyone else could write about the subject:
“I’m a special education teacher and my students do not have any math books. My children are low functioning so all the math workbooks are in color. Try making photocopies of colored books! I’ve contacted the union and they helped me to at least get the Teacher’s guides. Here it is March and my students have no books and probably won’t get them this year. I am private messaging you because I am fearful of Anderson. I am an experienced teacher at the top of the pay scale and I believe if I or my colleagues make waves she will close our happy little school so I will be forced to retire. The books are ordered by Anderson’s staff not at the school level. I can’t sit by anymore. To me it’s criminal not to give children what they need to learn.”
Does anyone really have to say anything more? Do we need charts and graphs and citations to educational journals?
In this and other spaces, we’re all arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin and this teacher is trying to get through to children without the basic needs some backward third world country is probably providing and Newark is not.
Yeah, of course, there are other questions. Like–I wonder whether the publisher of these materials has given, is giving, or will give a job to Cami and/or one of her friends in the educational kleptocracy we like to call New Jersey.
Did Arne Duncan talk about this when he slipped into New Jersey last week to have a chat with Cami? When he’s getting off on common core standards, does he think whether one of his favorite disciples can’t get books to the kids or shovel the snow?
What’s the Joint Committee on Public Schools doing about that? What’s David Hespe doing about it? How about the state school board? How about that big bloviating clown named Chris Christie? He says he’s a Newark guy, well, c’mon Newark guy, use your considerable weight to get books to special education kids on whom you’ve turned your massive back.