Posts Tagged ‘Diana Lam’

19th January

First Published in The New York Sun, January 19, 2007

By Andrew Wolf

With much fanfare four years ago, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled his plans to revamp the school system that he had been given control of six months earlier. Today, he is scrapping virtually all of those plans in what to me appears to be a “Hail Mary” pass to get back into a game that appears lost. If this were Iraq, call it a “surge.”

When the mayor was given control of the schools five years ago, it was because there was a sense of lack of control and direction coming out of the old Board of Education. There’d been a revolving door in the chancellor’s office during the old system’s final years. Alvarado, Quinones, Green, Fernandez, Cortines, Crew, Levy. Only one of these gentlemen left on his own accord, another died, and the others left in less than cordial circumstances. (more…)

6th September

First Published in The New York Sun,  September 6, 2002
By Andrew Wolf

I was pleased to hear from schools chancellor Joel Klein this week thanking me for sending him a copy of professor E.D. Hirsch Jr.’s book, “The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have Them.” He reports that he read it and “found it to be helpful.”  Unfortunately, before he read it he hired as his chief educator former Providence, R.I. schools superintendent Diana Lam, who, early evidence suggests, faces 180 degrees from Mr. Hirsch. Now all I can suggest is that he lend the book to Ms. Lam.

This book would make better reading than the National Education Association’s self-flagellating curriculum for 9/11, a document that reflects the “progressive” philosophy that dominates the educational establishment. I suspect that this missive would be more to Ms. Lam’s liking. (more…)