Hubris

No one saw this coming:


Cathleen P. Black, a magazine executive with no educational experience who was named as New York City schools chancellor last fall, will step down Thursday morning, officials said, after a tumultuous and brief tenure.

I'm sure we'll hear more throughout the day, but this is as it should be. Black's appointment was the height of the ascendant notion that running a public school system requires little knowledge or demonstrated commitment to actual public schools. 

It'd be nice if we'd now stop hearing political appointees and MBA candidates crowing about their private sector successes, their nose for accountability and the perils of broken government. Whatever. All I hear in that is the sneering of reformers who actually don't much like democracy. I  don't want politicians who are "above politics," anymore then I want a plumber who's "above toilets." 

Sorry, got a little ranty there at the end. Anyway it was a dumb move by Bloomberg. And we should probably salute Black for eventually figuring that out. A lot of other people would have just hung on to prove a point.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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