Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Spellings should apologize

Spellings' inflammatory charge that Connecticut education officials are "un-American" (essentially because they oppose her), has generated little attention-- that is, from anybody outside of Connecticut.

There, Education Commissioner Betty Sternberg has asked for an apology. Accused of harboring "the soft bigotry of low expectations," Sternberg responded by pointing out that Blacks and Hispanics have improved on statewide tests at a higher rate than whites. She added that she had "higher expectations of the Secretary of Education." Well said, Ms. Sternberg. I think we all do.

Calling someone bigoted because they favor testing semi-annually instead of annually is not only offensive, it's downright stupid. Spellings needs to choose her words far more carefully or risk irrelevance. Save your verbal daggers for a good cause, Madame Secretary. This ain't it.

Why hasn't this been picked up by the mainstream media? Meanwhile, if you're interested, you can call the Department of Education and let them know you wish they'd refrain from publicly insulting those who disagree with them. It sets a bad example for the kids.


Blogger EdWonk said...

The press certainly has gotten meeker in the last twenty or so years. It's certainly not the Fourth Estate of Woodward and Bernstein...

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