Today, Friday, August 27, 2010 on the front page of The Washington Post there is an article which sheds light on the progress Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has been able to be credited with since her appointment in 2007.
If one were to use an analysis of the 2010 test scores they would reflect that there has been little progress in narrowing the achievement gap which seperates white and African American children. Closure of this gap has been one of Rhee's major goals when she was appointed.
Reality check.... Chancellor Rhee may have good intentions, a fresh approach and lots of funding backing her up but realistically she could not have achieved this goal by herself. It was not the most mature or realistic approach to take when taking on such a tremendous task. A WashingtonWoman believes that Rhee had good intentions but failed to understand that it takes a village to raise a single child. Certainly, it will take a concerted effort among a variety of persons to lift an entire school system.
Not only Michelle Rhee, but no single human can come in and make all of the many facets of problems disappear. Stating that one could do so was arrogant and self serving. This is what raised the question in the earlier post of true intentions.
Perhaps it will serve the Chancellor best to form allies with parents, children, teachers and administrators to truly achieve the objective of elevating a system which needs sincere nurturing. Otherwise, she will be just another person who elevates themselves on the backs of our children. Our children deserve better and I haven't given up on the prospect that Chancellor Rhee can execute this. She has had an opportunity to become familiar and hopefully with some new wisdom, input and respect, she can be a real instrument for much needed change and hope in this city. Believe it or not, it isn't mission impossible. People who care just need to believe it can be done and want to get it done (not just set up photo ops and pieces to add to a professional portfolio).
Get it done Chancellor. You are our best shot at present.
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.