Helping To Put Things In Context: Something You Should Know About D.C.

Everyone knows Washington, D.C. for being the nation's capital where decisions are made that affect the country itself and impacts the world at large. But between the time that politicians and special interest groups like to use the city as the reason for all that ails America, it has a more intimate side. This is the side that one could think of as the "local" aspect of the city. I think if people understood what really exists within the boundaries of this diamond shaped (minus a complete side) metropolis, their perspectives may be altered considerably. As AWashingtonWoman will continue to focus on some of the wonderful women who make up the fabric of the DMV (a term used for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and includes: the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia), we will also strive to give you a little of the backstory, as objectively as we can. So it's been a year since this all began and without really trying, this blog has exceeded what our expectations were. So we are thinking that with a little love and a lot of integrity, we can share some real true insight which can be entertaining as well as informative. Who knows?.... Maybe it will even be ..... helpful.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Michelle Rhee Definitely Works PR Machines To Reflect Positively On Michelle Rhee



There was a time when the children who hailed from the D.C. Public Schools received an education that was equitable to that of any child from any of the fifty states. Somehow, over the years this school system has become the poster child for all that goes wrong in inner city schools. What happened? O.K. clearly something went off track. But I am having a hard time wrapping myself around the perception that no one in this city in many years has cared enough or had answers or commitment that could put the children of this city back on track. I can't accept that there is only one person who has made a difference.

Michelle Rhee recently dismissed a large number of teachers from the D.C. payroll. As a mother who is careful about when to introduce new concepts (like moving or replacing persons) in a child's reality, I question Ms. Rhee's timing. I also question her priorities. Fixing this "utterly broken system" is supposedly a goal. Cutting costs in another priority. And one obvious goal is also to present Rhee as the savior to Washington's children.

It is not clear which priority ranks first. I submit that the latter is considered. There is no guarantee that the kids here in D.C. are going to benefit from all of the negative publicity their schools have received, but you better bet that Michelle Rhee will coming out looking pretty good at the end of the day. So you tell me where exactly is the commitment and who is it benefiting?

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