Jon Stewart’s betrayal: #michellerhee

Tonight: Jon welcomes author Michelle Rhee. Her new book on education reform is called “Radical.” 11/10c.

I know. I know.  Someone has to say it!  WTF Jon?  Really?

You spoke at the SOS rally two years ago in favor of public school teachers.  Your mom was a teacher.  You have been the lone “media” voice pointing out the ridiculous claims made by the idiots (education reformers) that disparage teachers.  And now your going to allow “her” to promote her bullsh!t book on your show? I’m confused. I’m dazed.  I , I, I,… I feel like William Wallace in Braveheart when he lifts the armor mask from his foe only to reveal his supposed friend Robert the Bruce.  I feel deeply betrayed.  I feel like nothing really does matter expect for money.

I mean “we” (peons fighting edreform for a decade) have absolutely nothing but the god damn truth on our side and for some reason that doesn’t matter when it comes to Rhee.  And now the PHONY radical with nothing but damn deceit, lies, power , and money gets invited to the one place where I thought (obviously a delusion) we at least had some respect—your show.

Don’t do it Jon!  Don’t! Remember what Robert the Bruce cried after realizing what he had done.

“Those men who bled the ground red at Falkirk, they fought for William Wallace, and he fights for something that I never had. And I took it from him, when I betrayed him. I saw it in his face on the battlefield and it’s tearing me apart.”

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  1. I’m the author of a book that tells the teachers’ side of the story. (Includes a Foreword by Nancy Carlsson-Paige.) Perhaps Jon Stewart will have me on his show, eh?

  2. John, expose this if anything: Rhee and other corporate reformers are linked to the Broad Institute (Superintendent training/brain washing institute)

    How to tell if your School District is Infected by the Broad Virus

    Schools in your district are suddenly closed.

    Even top-performing schools, alternative and schools for the gifted, are inexplicably and suddenly targeted for closure or mergers.

    Repetition of the phrases “the achievement gap” and “closing the achievement gap” in district documents and public statements.

    Repeated use of the terms “excellence” and “best practices” and “data-driven decisions.” (Coupled with a noted absence of any of the above.)

    The production of “data” that is false or cherry-picked, and then used to justify reforms.

    Power is centralized.

    Decision-making is top down.

    Local autonomy of schools is taken away.

    Principals are treated like pawns by the superintendent, relocated, rewarded and punished at will.

    Culture of fear of reprisal develops in which teachers, principals, staff, even parents feel afraid to speak up against the policies of the district or the superintendent.

    Ballooning of the central office at the same time superintendent makes painful cuts to schools and classrooms.

    Sudden increase in number of paid outside consultants.

    Increase in the number of public schools turned into privately-run charters.

    Weak math text adopted (most likely Everyday Math). Possibly weak language arts too, or Writer’s Workshop. District pushes to standard the curriculum.

    Superintendent attempts to sidestep labor laws and union contracts.

    Teachers are no longer referred to as people, educators, colleagues, staff, or even “human resources,” but as “human capital.”

    A (self-anointed, politically connected) group called NCTQ comes to town a few months before your teachers’ contract is up for negotiation and writes a Mad Libs evaluation of your districts’ teachers (for about $14,000) that reaches the predetermined conclusion that teachers are lazy and need merit pay. ["The (NAME OF CITY) School District has too many (NEGATIVE ADJ) teachers. Therefore they need a new (POSITIVE ADJ.) data-based evaluation system tied to test scores…”]

    The district leadership declares that the single most significant problem in the district is suddenly: teachers!

    Teachers are no longer expected to be creative, passionate, inspired, but merely “effective.”

    Superintendent lays off teachers for questionable reasons.

    Excessive amounts of testing introduced and imposed on your kids.

    Teach for America, Inc., novices are suddenly brought into the district, despite no shortage of fully qualified teachers.

    The district hires a number of “Broad Residents” at about $90,000 apiece, also trained by the Broad Foundation, who are placed in strategically important positions like overseeing the test that is used to evaluate teachers or school report cards. They in turn provide — or fabricate — data that support the superintendent’s ed reform agenda (factual accuracy not required).

    Strange data appears that seems to contradict what you know (gut level) to be true about your own district.

    There is a strange sense of sabotage going on.

    Dolores Umbridge — Broad Academy Class of ????

    You start to feel you are trapped in the nightmarish Book Five of the Harry Potter series and the evilly vindictive Dolores Umbridge is running your school district. (Seek centaurs and Forbidden Forest immediately!)

    Superintendent behaves as if s/he is beyond reproach.

    Superintendent reads Blackberry (Goodloe-Johnson, also see comments ) or sends texts (Brizard, see comments) while parents and teachers are giving public testimony at school board meetings, blatantly ignoring public input.

    A rash of Astroturf groups appear claiming to represent “the community” or “parents” and all advocate for the exact same corporate ed reforms that your superintendent supports — merit pay, standardized testing, charter schools, alternative credentialing for teachers. Of course, none of these are genuine grassroots community organizations.

    Or, existing groups suddenly become fervidly in favor of teacher-bashing, merit pay or charter schools. Don’t be surprised to find that these groups may have received grant money from the corporate ed reform foundations like Gates or Broad.

    The superintendent receives the highest salary ever paid to a superintendent in your town’s history (plus benefits and car allowance) – possibly more than your mayor or governor — and the community is told “that is the national, competitive rate for a city of this size.”

    Your school board starts to show signs of Stockholm Syndrome. They vote in lockstep with the superintendent. Apparently lobotomized by periodic “school board retreat/Broad training” sessions headed by someone from Broad, your school board stops listening to parents and starts to treat them as the enemy. (If you still have a school board, that is — Broad ideally prefers no pesky democratically elected representatives to get in the way of their supts and agendas.)

    Superintendent bypasses school board entirely and keeps them out of the loop on significant or all issues.

    School board candidates receive unprecedented amounts of campaign money from business interests.

    Annual superintendent evaluation is overseen by a fellow named Tom Payzant.

    Stand for Children appears in town and claims to be grassroots. (It is actually based in Portland, Ore., and is funded by the Gates Foundation.) It may invite superintendent to be keynote speaker at a political fundraising event. It will likely lobby your state government for corporate ed reform laws.

    Grants appear from the Broad and Gates foundations in support of the superintendent, and her/his “Strategic Plan.”

    The Gates Foundation gives your district grants for technical things related to STEM and/or teacher “effectiveness” or studies on charter schools.

    Local newspaper fails to report on much of this.

    Local newspaper never mentions the words “Broad Foundation.”

    Broad and Gates Foundations give money to local public radio stations which in turn become strangely silent about the presence and influence of the Broad and Gates Foundation in your school district.

    THE CURE for Broad Virus:



    Sharing information.

    Vote your school board out of office.

    Vote your mayor out of office if s/he is complicit.

    Boycott or opt out of tests.

    Go national.

    Follow the money.

    Question the data – especially if it’s produced by someone affiliated with the Broad or Gates Foundations or their favored consultants (McKinsey, Strategies 360, NCTQ, or their own strategically placed Broad Residents).

    Alert the media again and again (they will ignore you at first).

    Protest, stage rallies, circulate petitions.

    Connect and daylight the dots

  3. Grace Kocahnik says:

    Well the controversy about this women has got us all talking, but I have not seen any conversations about improving the education given in the USA. Let’s ignore her and start typing the solutions.

  4. I have to disagree. These radical reformers like Rhee show their true colors when they appear in person if they are asked the right questions. I believe Jon will do that. She stupidly called her book RADICAL. . . remind you of Sarah Palin? Where is she now? Think about it – who knows who Rhee is and what she represents except teachers? The public needs to get a good dose of her. Seeing is believing. It’s our job to expose the truth about her once people find out who she is and to unfortunately read the book to fire back at the “enemy.” I hope all of you tweet tonight. I see it as one more opportunity to have a VOICE that the media won’t otherwise give us.

  5. Keep your friends close and enemies closer. I’m guessing he will skewer her. And if he doesn’t, that’s the last time I watch him.

    As for people saying that she doesn’t deserve the publicity, how are people going to know what poison she is spewing if no one calls her on it?

  6. In the past he has had people on that he doesn’t seem to really agree with personally and politically. He has made them uncomfortable with questions politely stated but posed in a way that highlights their less defensible positions. I would expect him to allow the cover of the book to be shown but for him to also press on the “no excuses” BS of utilizing free-market capitalism to exploit the same public ed system that free-market capitalism is crippling.

    • I know he is probably going to try to skewer her. So what. She still gets the attention of millions of people and it is great publicity for her book. She will make millions off of this appearance and it doesn’t matter if he skewers her or not. The time has come to cut off people like Rhee from any media. They don’t even deserve public scrutiny. They deserve to be shunned. If you want to help out schools don’t put a reformer on tv. Put one of the many thousands of us that fight daily. Talk to us, the ones who deal with the damages caused by Michelle Rhee. Talk to us! No more media time for those that seek to get wealthy off our children and have nothing but disdain for teachers!

  7. Et Tu, Jonny Boy?

  8. CitizensArrest says:

    Everyone jump on Stewarts facebook page and give hime a POLITE heads up. Rhee is a target rich environment, he should go to town.

  9. dbpigtail says:

    Agreed! WTF Jon?

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