Office of Citizen
Rest in Peace,
Whatever it TAKES
Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 02/19/2010 - 11:19.
READ the book! It was written by a reporter for the New York Times, Paul Tough. He tries to be objective just as I imagine the Plain Dealer's Thomas Ott tries to be objective.
But, READ it. In many ways, Geoffrey Canada is Eugene Sanders--a corporate front man brought in to sell a product and to improve the bottomline, using whatever it takes.
The chapters should tell you the corporate strategy at work here--The Lottery, Unequal Childhoods, Baby College, Contamination, Battle Mode, Bad Apples, Last Chance, The Conveyor Belt, Escape Velocity, Graduation, What Would it Take?
When the learning environment, physical development/nuturing Baby College paradigm promoted by female principal Terri Grey does not generate a "quick profit," Geoffrey Canada in true corporate form, as CEO, does not accept any responsibility for the "failure," and instead dumps Grey for the KIPP trained male principal Glen Pinder.
The Boston Consulting Group's "Transformation Plan," is a perverted application of the last chance corporate model applied to kids and communities--it's called cutting your losses.
But, kids are not a product and closing the schools and killing the communities that generate tax dollars for the "corporation," is NOT a solution.
The corporate-framed BCG plan is a disaster--we can lift every child up--we need to start back where Terri Grey left off. Building community.