We have about as much chance of fixing public education in this country
with the mass firing of teachers and administrators
in Rhode Island and
elsewhere as we would if we threw a virgin into a volcano. This type of
post hoc fallacy thinking would rather create a causal relationship
between teachers and student failure, then look at the immutable
structure of all public education reform over the last 100 years that
fails to address the underlying student problems and deficits that are
brought to the system. In listening to President Obama's endorsing
Rhode Island's simplistic pogrom-like solution to solve its public
education problem, he fails to take into account that the town of
Central Falls, like many of our educational failing communities in Los
Angeles, was "one of the poorest districts in Rhode Island"
the teachers did their level best to try and fix it.