Saturday, August 18, 2007

Klein on his 5 year anniversary: "In the end you gotta let your poor heart break a little”

Next week Joel Klein will have been Chancellor for five years – one of the longest serving in NYC history. On the occasion, he sat down for an interview with Mike Meenan of NY1. Some excerpts:

Despite all the reorganizations, he admits that in some ways there has been little change.

Klein: "Any fool can lower class size by the numbers. The question is can you lower class size at the same time you maintain and improve teacher quality?"

If any fool can do it, why can't he? Especially given the fact that there are now almost ten qualified applicants for every teaching opening.

"Klein says he's all for class size reduction, but wants to take time finding the right teachers. It’s a go slow approach ...."

Slow indeed. At this rate our grandchildren will still be waiting.

"It’s a little bit like that song ‘The Glory of Love.’ You know, you gotta give a little, you gotta take a little and in the end you gotta let your poor heart break a little,” says Klein.

Some would say there's been a lot more taking than giving. Fewer classes provided in nearly every grade under this administration -- leading to no discernible progress in this critical measure, despite falling enrollment.

"He's often accused of running the system from the top down. Klein insists he does seek the input of parents. "Let me say to you, I consult broadly and extensively,” says Klein."

Hmm. Wonder which parents he consults -- parents of private school students? Asked what the proof of positive change is:

"Klein says the proof is coming, most visibly with every school now getting a report card. "You don't need any lingo, right? A, B, C, D, or F. People get it,” says Klein. "

What mark would you give the Chancellor? NY 1 lets you grade his performance.


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Anonymous said...

Joel Klein quickly identified the enemies of public education namely, the teachers union and vested interest parents. His Elite Leadership Academy should be investigated as to what their real agenda is. It is not the interest of public education. Bloomberg and his privitization initiative wanted Klein to destroy the union and public education. Charter Schools are the real agenda and it looks as if that will be their legacy. For sure, when their administration is "held accountable" the public will see little or no gain in crucial areas such as academic improvement, safety, and parental involvement. If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with B.S.
Klein is the educational strong arm of a meglomanic billionaire mayor.

Pissedoffteacher said...

I just went to vote. Klein is getting the highest percentages of A's and B's. Wonder if the voting is stacked? I couldn't vote--site was not working to accept.