No kidding. I’m just shocked that someone with no experience whatsoever in education was incapable of effective leadership of one of the largest public school systems in the country! At least Cathleen Black was on the job for mere months and not years.
Clearly, education is far too important to be left to the educators. Just imagine the outrage if a 20-year veteran New York City schoolteacher were made CEO of a large corporation with zero business experience, or if (for example) an obscure History professor were appointed to an open seat in the U.S. Senate. Imagine the outcry if a third-grade teacher were made Police Commissioner of a major U.S. city! Yet we in education get this kind of junk “leadership” foisted on us all of the time, from K-12 schools to universities that think it’s a grand idea to put “business” people in charge as school chancellors or university presidents. Think about what that says about how our work is perceived by politicians and large portions of the body politic: anyone can manage a bunch of low-ambition teachers or professors! After all, if we had any smarts or any gumption whatsoever, we’d be making gobs of money mismanaging for-profit corporations that have run the economy into the ground and have been bailed out by tax dollars.