Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Center, New York, describes how New York is preparing principals and teachers for the new world order decreed by Arne Duncan and his Race to the Top.

She went to a training to learn how to evaluate teachers, something she had been doing successfully in her school for many years.

She learned which words were impermissible.

She was taught to think “out of the box” by conforming to the rules and regulations inside the box.

She was “calibrated.”

She thought she was trapped in a cheesy rendition of “Star Wars.”

She began hoping that Darth Vader would arrive and put everyone out of their misery.

And then she learned–read to the end of her piece–who started this insane process.