No doubt you are aware by now that Jason Williams, chief of the odious (and misnamed) Stand for Children in Massachusetts, was an OUTSTANDING teacher. For reminders of Williams’ outstanding-ness see here, here, here and here.
But now it turns out that Williams is even more outstanding than we previously thought. After teaching for just two years at an Oakland, CA middle school, Williams claims to have been nominated as California’s Middle School Teacher of the Year. Pretty impressive, yes? Well, Williams’ accomplishment is even more dazzling when you consider that the California Teacher of the Year program is only open to teachers who’ve been in the classroom for at least 8 years…
I know–I had the same thought. I bet Williams was SO effective that 2 of his years in the classroom were worth 4 years with your average teacher. (That seems to be Williams’ own view—he repeatedly refers to himself as a “life-long educator.”) In other words, surely the state of California had to make an exception when confronted with the sheer force of Williams’ outstandingness. But when an enterprising Boston teacher called the California Department of Education to inquire, he got the predictable response: laughter. Turns out that rules are rules, even for someone of Williams’ outstandingness.
It’s fitting when you think about it. Stand for Children poses as a grass roots group while receiving millions from Walmart, JP Morgan and Bain Capital. Meanwhile Stand’s Massachusetts chief is a charlatan who has exaggerated his own teaching credentials in order to peddle phony edu-reform.