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May 24th, 2011
A real student advocate, April 2011 issue

Typical corporate reformer

I was very upset to read the uncritical interview with the highly controversial Michelle Rhee. Rhee, with no background in education other than three years in Teach for America, was hired to reform the D.C. schools by then Mayor Adrian Fenty. Typical of the corporate reformers devastating our public schools, she closed D.C. schools and fired principals and teachers. There are people who have been advocating for children for years they are called teachers and parents.

Joellyn K., email

Contradictory statements don t help

Michelle Rhee does a disservice to the plight of our schools when she makes contradictory statements. She informs us that she doesn t think the union is responsible for the decline in educational performance. Then she contradicts that by stating that all teachers in our system are effective. It s very difficult and in some cases impossible to remove those people from the classroom because of the bureaucracy and politics of our system.

Leo W., Baltimore, MD

Jab at American workers?

Questioning Michelle Rhee, the interviewer alludes to the collapse of GM and incorporates the oft-repeated mantra and widely believed falsehood unions have ruined the industry. In truth, the UAW leadership warned America s automakers over several decades that first European and later Asian car plants were far ahead of us in technology, automation, design, economy, and employee involvement. Largely ignored, the industry plodded ahead with products ever less popular to wise motorists. Only after Ford invited and rewarded employee input, did we begin to recover market share. Foreign brand cars are now widely assembled in the USA because of the quality our workers bring to the line.

Bill H., email

' Royal weddings 2011, April 2011 issue

The Baltimore connection

I especially enjoyed the royal wedding feature on the front page [which reminded me of] the Oscar-winning film,The King s Speech. As so many people around the world know, George VI, who had a terrible stutter, became king when his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated to marry the woman from Baltimore, Wallis Warfield Simpson. I was asked by The Smithsonian Institution if it was possible to create and lead a tour of Baltimore based on Wallis Warfield. This was in 1990, and no one knew if there was enough hidden history to create an all-day tour. I found 22 sites in Baltimore related to the Duchess and not one had a plaque on it. Baltimore society had tried to rub out all connection to Wallis Warfield. As one of her relatives said, She married a foreigner and left town.

Zippy L., email