Archive for October 14th, 2002

14th October
2002

First Published in The New York Sun, October 14, 2002
By Andrew Wolf

That great observer of the educational scene, Yogi Berra, once exclaimed, “It’s deja vu all over again.” That’s exactly the feeling I got recently when the schools chancellor, Joel Klein, announced the consultants he was bringing in to help him develop a plan to turn around New York City’s schools.The names and organizations on the list are largely the same ones that have shaped public education in our town for the past 15 disastrous years.

The almost $4 million bill for the first phase of Mr. Klein’s initiative, “Children First,” will be picked up by the Broad Foundation and the Robertson Foundation. Like the Ford Foundation in the mid-1960s, these groups approach New York’s schools with the best of intentions. But we’ve learned that good intentions are not enough. (more…)