Thursday, February 4, 2010

Saying something stupid...

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said something stupid a couple of days ago: “I spent a lot of time in New Orleans, and this is a tough thing to say, but let me be really honest. I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina.”

Inevitably, when a gaffe that outrageous is committed, the apologies followed. Here is how the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported the apology; here is the Baton Rouge Advocate's version of the retraction.

Left hanging in the lurch after Duncan apologized were State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek and Recovery School District Superintendent Paul Vallas, both of who nodded in bobbleheaded agreement with Duncan's careless comment.

LFT President Steve Monaghan said that Duncan's apology is acceptable, and offered a bit of advice to Pastorek and Vallas:

“Secretary Duncan did the right thing and to his credit, he did so rather quickly,” said Monaghan. “However, it is quite sad that some Louisiana education officials rushed to express their support for his comment. To those officials, we suggest that there is a reason why silence is so often considered golden."

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