Rhee bragged about taping students' mouths shut while she was a Teach for America 'teacher'
In a recent Washington Post audio posting, Washington D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is shown admitting that she taped shut the mouths of her young students because she could not control their talking while she was working in the Baltimore Public Schools as a Teacher for America teacher. Rhee then laughs about taping her students mouths shut with masking tape and then walking them to the lunchroom. According to Rhee, she tried the tape method after she was unable to keep the little ones from making noise when she marched them through the hallways to lunch.
In an even more disturbing revelation heard on the tape Rhee laughs about when the tape was removed hurting the children and some even started to bleed. Michelle Rhee, along with New York Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Chicago's Ron Huberman, have been held up by the corporate news media as examples of the new breed of school district executives, the type of education leaders that public schools need to "shake things up."
The audio tape of Rhee's speech was obtained and authenticated by The Washington Post, which until recently had supported Rhee and her methods as D.C. schools chief.
Hereâ€™s the link to the audio from The Washington Post:
Rhee's relentless attacks on tenure and public schools teachers in the D.C. public schools have been praised in the corporate media for the past two years. Rhee is also featured as an example of one of the good guys in the new documentary movie attacking public schools and teacher unions, "Waiting for Superman."
After finishing two years of public school teaching in Baltimore as part of "Teach for America," Rhee went on to get corporate sponsorship for a thing called the "New Teacher Project." The Chicago connection? According to CPS, the "New Teachers Project" provided CPS with the studies about how to get the "best" teachers for Chicago's public schools. ï£¿