“I don’t know whether to vote for Fenty or Gray,” a D.C. friend confided to me last week.
“Which candidate is backed by the white progressives?” I said.
“Then vote for Gray.”
I told him that contrary to what he’d heard, Michelle Rhee wasn’t the savior of D.C. schools and it was nothing more than the corporatization of public education. “If you don’t trust Bill Gates to sell you software, why would you trust him to sell you an education system?” is my motto.
Now that I’ve read this piece about “Waiting for Superman,” the documentary that has the privileged classes all in an admiring tizzy (Arianna, queen of unpaid content, is already pushing it), I’m even more convinced I was right about Michelle Rhee.
The problems in our class system are systemic, going far beyond access to the “right” schools. While this film may excite liberals whose kids will never see the inside of an inner-city public school (unless Mommy or Daddy brings them along while they’re filming documentaries like this), the parents whose kids are in those schools are rightfully wary of Great White Saviors — as well they should be.