Steven Singer was startled to read John King’s statement that teachers have been unfairly blamed for social ills and whatever students do. He notes that John King often blamed teachers himself when he was State Commissioner of Education in New York. Can we believe him now?


Singer writes:


Sometimes the messenger matters.


You wouldn’t expect Native Americans to believe an apology from Christopher Columbus.


You wouldn’t expect African Americans to believe an apology from David Duke.


So why the heck do the Democrats expect teachers to believe an apology from John King!?


The acting U.S. Secretary of Education is – himself – responsible for more attacks on public educators than almost anyone else.


In his former role as New York Chancellor of Education, he refused to fix a school system he was responsible for destroying all the while pointing his finger at teachers.


However, late last month in his new federal position, King gave a speech at a Philadelphia high school acknowledging the mistakes of the Obama administration in tying teachers’ evaluations to student test scores – a practice he was guilty of in New York….


I’m sorry, but this apology rings hollow to most educators. We know you. We know that your biggest qualification for your position in charge of the nation’s public school system is a three year stint teaching in a “no excuses” charter school with a high suspension rate.


As the saying goes, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.


Actually, John King somehow seems like just the person to assure continuity in Arne Duncan’s policies.