Thursday, August 05, 2010
As a representative of Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Joel Klein doesn't need to take no stinking orders from the state. When they tell him not to move a charter school into a building, not to displace or imperil a school for autistic children, that constitutes an emergency, so he does it anyway.
Mayor Bloomberg's approach to education is, "I'm me, I can do what I want, and nobody else is gonna tell me what to do." This may not be precisely the behavior you're looking to elicit from your students, but when you take into account that both Bloomberg and Klein actually represent billionaires and hedge fund managers rather than you, me, or schoolchildren, it makes perfect sense.