April 8, 2011

And she’s out! On Thursday morning Cathleen Black stepped down from her position as New York City school Chancellor. It has been a rocky road for Ms. Black-to say the least. Since the get-go Black has been highly criticized for not having the proper experience for this job. While Black was immensely successful as the former chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, her education background is limited. The Wall Street Journal noted that it is challenging to jump from the business world to the world of public opinions and polls. While this may be true, I don’t find myself empathetic: if you are not ready to fly don’t jump!

While Black may not have had much/any prior experience, her time as Chancellor was far from smooth. She made a “quip” that birth control would in fact help make classrooms less crowded! This is not only offensive, but also totally inappropriate. Does Black know that diarrhea of the mouth is not a real ailment, and people- ESPECIALLY THOSE IN PUBLIC OFFICE- cannot say WHATEVER they think? The Wall Street Journal (see below) tried to paint public officials as sympathetic people, after all they have SO many responsibilities: they have to answer to constituents, watch what they say in public, and yes, sometimes get picked on. For lack of a better word: DUH! These are obvious responsibilities that come with being in public office; you have to answer to the PEOPLE!  Perhaps city officials have been throwing themselves pity parties, and that is why our Education system has fallen apart? In any case, this article was utterly ridiculous…I expect more from the Wall Street Journal.

Check out the Full Article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704630004576249200526796910.html