The stupidity's waist-deep and rising

Via the Education Wonks’ Carnival of Education, I discovered this piece by Joe Gandelman, who wrote about this story in the New York Daily News. Go and give it a read, then come back here.

I’ve lost track of the sheer volume of dumbassery inherent in this story. Let me see if I can sum it all up:

* A guy with a degree in education can’t pass a simple test to keep his job.

* The test New York uses to qualify teachers can be passed in flying colors by a guy with borderline autism.

* A skinny black guy in his 30’s with a degree in education thinks that he can get a fat white guy in his 50’s can pass for him.

* The city of New York doesn’t notice that a fat white guy in his 50’s shows up when they’re expecting a skinny black guy in his 30’s.

* A guy smart enough to ace the test for teacher certification in New York is dumb enough to commit a crime and impersonate another person for $2.00.

* A 38-year-old guy with a degree in education thinks that he can pass himself off as his “son” to a reporter.

I’m waiting for the final chapter in this story to be written — the teacher (well, suspended and soon to be fired teacher) files a lawsuit over his job. It’s a pity Johnny Cochran now busy justifying himself to Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.

I guess there’s always the ACLU…

J.

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