Michelle Rhee who was the chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools from 2007 to 2010, and now leads the national group Students First, has sparked plenty of debate, to say the least. So naturally a conversation about a new documentary on Rhee’s tenure in D.C. has fed the fire both of support and ire from those fighting to define reform in education.
You can hear the full conversation from WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show above, and add your comments below. Several online comments like that from “Pablo Alto from da Bronx” said Rhee gets too much of a pass from the media.
“Ms. Rhee has gotten much more coverage from the media than she earned as a so-called leader in the “education reform” movement. She fostered an atmosphere of intense mistrust among serious educators in the Washington D.C. school system,” he said.
“I appreciate Mrs. Rhee’s willingness to shake things up but ultimately much of her reliance on standardized tests and results was flawed,” Sheldon from Brooklyn wrote. “All of Stalin’s apparachiks had near perfect grain yield numbers but we all knew better.”
“Where, oh where will the media sympathy for this grandstanding, idea-less, most likely corrupt sociopath end? Why don’t the loving profiles of Rhee in the media go beyond her own talking points,” asked Guy from Brooklyn. “Who “admires” Rhee? I want to know which big money funders are spreading this idea. Also, please NY media, look into the pernicious influence of the unelected Rhee-founded TNTP on NY and US education policy!! Why are her organizations wielding so much power right in our own backyard?”
You can see a preview of the Frontline film here.