Archive for September 19th, 2003

19th September

First Published in The New York Sun, September 19, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

The schools have been open for two full weeks now, and Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein have been busy giving themselves high fives about the successful opening. How successful has the opening really been? You be the judge. A fetish was made about the delivery of books and materials for the first day of classes. “For too many years,” said the mayor, “we heard stories about books not being in classrooms in time for the first day of school. I am proud to say that we made good on our promise in January, and here they are, ready for Monday’s classes.” Yes, most books and materials were delivered on time. But most of these were books for classroom libraries to encourage independent reading — nice to have in place the first day of school, but hardly the centerpiece of the first couple of week’s classroom activity.  (more…)