I received an email notice informing me that I am the #1 Global Guru on a list compiled by a research organization based in London. I don’t know anything about them.


The list is very odd. There are some terrific people on it, such as Pasi Sahlberg, Andy Hargreaves, Edward Deci, Michael Fullan, and Deborah Meier, who are true global gurus.


But further down on the list is the disappeared Michelle Rhee; we are informed that her organization StudentsFirst has brought about the passage of 110 pieces of “child-centered” legislation. The only legislation that I associate with StudentsFirst is the kind that takes away rights from teachers and promotes the privatization of public schools. Nothing “child-centered” about it.


I don’t understand the rationale behind these selections.