A society is defined by what is tolerated and for whom—and by whom.
In a country with a moral center, or at least a moral free press, this story would be a scathing exposé, spurring public denunciation.
But in the U.S., it is a story about “polarizing methods and superior results”—a gutless mess of misinformation and “fair and balanced” journalism that includes this dispassionate reporting:
At one point, her leadership resident — what the network calls assistant principals — criticized her for not responding strongly enough when a student made a mistake. The leadership resident told her that she should have taken the student’s paper and ripped it up in front of her. Students were not supposed to go to the restroom during practice tests, she said, and she heard a leader from another school praise the dedication of a child who had wet his pants rather than take a break.
What is the common characteristic of students in punitive, test-prep “no excuses” charter schools, like the one above, all across the U.S.?
What is the common characteristic of the teachers found guilty in the Atlanta cheating scandal?
What is the common characteristic of the professional educators fired (and replaced by TFA recruits) after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans?
The answer is the same as, What is the characteristic of who is disproportionately in U.S. prisons? Disproportionately arrested, charged, and convicted of crimes? Disproportionately disciplined in U.S. public and charter schools, expelled as early as pre-K?
The answer: The race to disgrace is black in the U.S.—a country without a moral center, without a moral free press.