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Here’s to you New York

Read this short article concerning what Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, thinks about his teachers.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/12/01/bloomberg-if-i-had-it-my-way-id-dump-half-of-nycs-teachers/#.Ttl013isLTq.facebook

Is Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, from the United States or Timbuktu? Or maybe a cave? Or from under a rock in the ground? Maybe we should have a multiple choice quiz that looks like this:

Based on this selection, which place did Michael Bloomberg come from that is best supported by the evidence of the text?

A. From under a rock

B. Outer space

C. Back from the dead after 200 years

D. All of the above

As you can tell from reading this article, all of the answers sound good. (Sort of like our weekly reading test answer choices!). 🙂

What is he thinking? So what he is saying is he thinks that I would do a great job if he fired my coworker (or vice versa), paid me both of the salaries, and let me have all 48 students in my 1 class? Really?

I don’t claim to know how to run a city (since my degree and experience are not in finance, business administration, public administration), just like he shouldn’t claim to know how to run a school or classroom (since his degree and experience is not in education, school administration).

This is what I have to say to Michael Bloomberg and all the other people who have these lamebrain ideas of how to teach “better”. Come visit my classroom. Not for a quick 30 minutes. Not even for a day. Those are just surface visits. Stay with me and my students for about 2 good solid weeks. All day. Everyday. Then we’ll talk! 🙂

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