It was a controversial pick -- a former publishing executive, chosen to lead the schools because of her outstanding management career. The fact that she has no teaching experience? No problem. No Master's degree? Who cares?
Seeking the opinion of New Yorkers, investigative Spoof reporter Gail Farrelly interviewed some NYC commuters in Grand Central Station yesterday. Here are a few of the views (direct quotes) of New Yorkers about the issue of transferable skills and the publishing exec turned boss of the city schools:
-- "My kid is interested in a medical career. So I told him, aim for the top, you can be IN CHARGE OF doctors. Skip medical school, get some management training, and step into a job where you can boss around the fools who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on medical school tuition. Listen, this new chancellor may have saved me megabucks in tuition. I say, You go, girl."
-- "I was never sure exactly what the phrase publish or perish meant. Now I know."
-- "I've always wanted to head up a construction crew, even though I don't know how to construct a thing. Not to worry though. I now know I can skip the pesky business of learning about construction. All I need do is get a management job for a year or two. Someplace, anyplace, I hear McDonalds and Burger King are hiring. Then I'll buy myself a hard hat and I'll be on my way. Managing the making of burgers or buildings, it's all the same, right?"
But there was one dissenting voice. This was from a graduate student studying for the Master's degree that would hopefully get her a job teaching in NYC. She was not a fan of the new chancellor and pointed out, "I don't get it. Why do I need a Master's degree when the head honcho doesn't have one?" She shrugged and then added, "I guess it's like that old proverb: Do as I say, not as I do."