The NY Times reports that New York City Mayor Bloomberg today complained today about the predominantly minority parents who are fighting against his plan to close twenty-two schools:
“Unfortunately there are some parents who just come from — they never had a formal education, and they don’t understand the value of education.”
It’s an outrageous insult against all parents, and especially to immigrants. In my experience, often immigrant parents who have little formal education are some of the biggest boosters of helping their children improve themselves through schools. On top of that, his comments show the arrogant perspective that if you don’t support what he wants done, then you obviously don’t care about schools. It’s similar to the refrain often used by school reformers against anyone who opposes their plans (see The Best Posts Discussing Arrogance & School Reform).
Unfortunately, this comment is just the latest in a series of actions he’s taken to show he does not respect parents of the children he is responsible for educating (in New York, the mayor is in charge of the school system). You might be interested in reading:
I wonder if this attitude is one of the reasons why 65% of New Yorkers don’t approve of the way the Mayor is handling schools?