This is the time of year when we get all the best and worst of the year lists.
The other day I received one from my National Education Association.
The NEA gave an apple to Susan Bowles. She is a Florida kindergarten teacher who made a stink about giving a bunch of high stakes test to her kindergarten students.
Right on Susan Bowles!
The best also included teachers in Ferguson, Missouri.
No argument there. I can imagine being a teacher in a town with tear gas in the air and tanks on the street.
Even the onions – who the NEA called the worst of the year – made sense.
It included the Koch brothers, Campbell Brown, high steaks testing zealots and and my old friends from Democrats for Education Reform.
Just to remind you, DFER director Joe Williams once promised to kick my ass.
I would agree about giving him an onion.
The NEA also included a list of anti-education governors.
Illinois’ Pat Quinn was not on the list even though he was a major teacher pension thief. But the IEA endorsed him for governor anyway. So I’m not entirely surprised that the NEA looked the other way when they made their list of bad governors.
But the big surprise was the name that was missing from the NEA’s worst list.
Because I distinctly remember the vote at the Representative Assembly by the members of the NEA back in July.
We were in Denver.
We voted that Education Secretary Arne Duncan should resign.
You may have heard about it.
So, why didn’t he make the NEA worst of the year?