Bravo, Chaps

I say, the folks at Gotham Schools are providing an excellent forum for those who’d speak reason.  Look here, and here, for some excellent defenses of the great work Mikey and Joel are doing.

Hip, hip, hooray to those who stand up for Mikey and Joel under these trying circumstances. It takes some gumption to stand up to the rabble and say what ho, even though you voted for term limits, we still need a billionaire to run things. And to those Gloomy Guses who say, “It hasn’t gotten any better” under Mikey and Joel, I say, better for whom?

As ably pointed out in those comments, were there mayoral control, Rudy Crew may have been able to enact some of the changes he wished. It’s neither here nor there that Mikey would have dismissed him posthaste before allowing him to squander funds on such nonsense. And it’s also important to note that, as pointed out above, it makes no difference whatsoever whether or not the rabble gets good test scores. The important thing is to involve as many of them as possible in the process, so as to keep the little urchins occupied and off the streets.

I for one have had it up to here with hearing the chancellor needs to protect the interests of the students. What rot. The chancellor must protect our interests , not the whims of the bootless and unhorsed. I daresay he’s doing a damn good job of it. Thanks to the good people who comment at Gotham Schools for providing voices of reason against unruly rabble who insist on raising needless objections.

Smellington G. Worthington III

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7 responses to “Bravo, Chaps

  1. And seriously, what Bloomberg/Klein actions are your evidence that they are out to serve the rich and bury the poor?

    Is it that they have had the guts to close failing schools in poor neighborhoods and replace them with new, small schools that offer a glimmer of hope for long underserved communities?

    Is it that they have enacted their version of ‘fair funding,’ whereby schools in communities that have for years had significantly smaller budgets due to having novice teachers now get compensated for that?

    What’s your problem? What agenda are you hiding behind this “Bloomie is rich therefore he is bad” nonsense?

    They’ve angered the teachers’ union. They’ve repeatedly pointed out that the school system is broken and needs dramatic change. They insist that adults in the system who don’t perform admirably shouldn’t be around children. Are these facts bothering you?

    Is Al Sharpton a billionaire?

    Is Geoff Canada a billionaire?

    Whose interests do you think they are looking out for?

  2. I say, old chap, don’t get your knickers in a tizzy. As I’ve repeatedly stated, Mikey and Joel are doing a fine job, and they will indeed continue to do so. And enlisting that Sharpton chap was a touch of brilliance. I’ve written before that it was just bully. And thank goodness for chaps like you who will get out the word!

    I didn’t know that Mikey was putting the Sharpton chap in charge of schools, or the Canada chap, but thank you for bringing it to my attention. I will have a word with him. It just wouldn’t be cricket and we can’t have any of that. Mikey is a reasonable chap and we will nip this in the bud.

    In any case, hip, hip hooray old chap! Keep up the good work!

  3. J. Foggington Higgenbottom

    Good Lord, Smelly. Why on earth are you lowering yourself to converse with the rabble?

  4. Greetings, JF. I say, it turns out Sharpton and Canada won’t be running the system, as the Sink fellow suggested. Just spoke with Mikey and it will be he and he alone in charge. This comes as quite a relief, I say.

  5. J. Foggington Higgenbottom

    Thank you Smelly. I’m relieved to find this myth consigned to the rubbish heap. As you say, it must be Mikey alone in charge of the system. Let the plebs run a school here and there, but the final word must go to PLUs. One never knows when the plebs will get out of line, or unionize, or worse.

    Will we be seeing you and Muffy at the club next Thursday?

  6. Smelly,

    I appreciate you responding to a grandson of a sharecropper like myself so much that I am back recommending an article on surviving the salary cap Obama will hopefully succeed in passing for bailed out banks:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/fashion/08halfmill.html?_r=1&ref=style

    We might disagree on the school system, but I’ll bet we’re on the same page on this one.

  7. Sink,

    I say, my heart goes out to those chaps living on such a pittance.

    JF,

    Of course we’ll be there Thursday next. Last Thursday Muffy had an unfortunate incident and was stuck in the drawing room with the poolboy for several hours–some blasted door problem. Called the locksmith, and the door opened without incident for some reason. He tried to charge me anyway so I had to set the dogs on him. What’s become of the work ethic in this country?

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