Leslie Linthicum’s Silly Scribbles

I haven’t written about Hanna Skandera and her consultants because I think the issue is so ridiculously-fabricated by the teachers’ unions as to be not worth mentioning. After all, the unions will criticize reformers like Skandera for the act of breathing, much less actually reforming our failing schools.

Then I saw the front page of today’s Albuquerque Journal with Linthicum’s silly column saying that “she’d like Skandera’s deal” of having consultants paid a total of $152,000 to write her columns. Perhaps if Linthicum had consultants, they would have told her not to write the column in the first place. Or they might have told her that dealing with federal regulations, an entrenched bureaucracy, and teachers unions’ to name just a few obstacles, is a bit different than writing a newspaper column….

Thankfully, Michael DeWitte and Larry Langley of the New Mexico Business Roundtable have a much more common sense take on the consultant non-issue on the editorial pages of this morning’s paper.

I simply don’t understand how — unless you are in a teachers union — you can criticize Skandera. She’s like a football coach who has taken over a failed football team like the Carolina Panthers or Denver Broncos. She hasn’t even had the chance to make a draft pick yet. And, unlike a football coach, she doesn’t actually have the ability to control her “team” which is really led by the unions. How can you criticize her at this point?

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10 Replies to “Leslie Linthicum’s Silly Scribbles”

  1. The legislature has been controlled by the Democrat Party for 70 plus years.

    The legislature controls everything related to school funding especially.

    The question that Dem leaders keep asking is “Is there no one in NM qualified to turn things around that Gov Martinez brought in an outsider and the outsider is herself bringing in outsiders?”

    Well, apparently not. The Dems had 70 years to get it right and part of why they lost power is because they have failed and not just a little bit. What short memories they always seem to have…

    So, the nit picking and negative attacks are merely an expression of fear. They don’t have any answers. They’ve punted for 70 years, spent like mad and produced worse results.

    What they really don’t want and what they fear most is, Skandera and Martinez will actually be successful… bringing a revolutionary change to the status quo, union entrenched bureaucratic morass we have been in… and that could actually cause them to lose the legislature altogether.

    We can only hope!

  2. SCREW THE “TEACHERS” AND ESPECIALLY THEIR GREEDY DEMOCRAT DOMINATED UNION. THEY HAVE A LIBERAL AGENDA THAT IS NOT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND ITS AMENDMENTS. THE “TEACHERS” WERE THE “REASON” FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE NATIONAL SOCIALIST PARTY IN GERMANY. THE TEACHERS ARE THE ONLY REASON HITLER WON THE ELECTIONS AND STAYED IN POWER IN GERMANY LEADING TO WWII AND THE DEATH CAMPS. THE “TEACHERS” IN GERMANY IN THE 1930’S TRAINED THE NAZI’S FOR THE ATROCITIES COMMITTED IN WWII. AND THEY WILL DO THE SAME NOW IN 2011 IN THE OBA-MAO/UNION DOMINATED U.S. THEY MUST BE STOPPED NOW!

  3. One irony is that some of the sharpest criticism of Skandera’s out-of-staters is coming from Winston Brooks, who was imported to head APS a few years ago. I guess his track record of failure makes him a genuine New Mexican.

  4. Hanna Scandera has a proven track record of success, as do those she is asking to consult with her on means to lift New Mexico education out of its perpetual position in the, not just nationwide, but worldwide cellar of failure.

    With all due respect to the whining of the teachers’ union and Leslie Linthicum’s typically ludicrous column parroting of their talking points, we should withhold judgment until we see the results that come from Scandera’s efforts – assuming the legislature will allow any of her agenda to be enacted.

    If she enjoys any success at all, the $152,000 is a minuscule amount when you consider that the average lifetime earnings on just one additional student who graduates from high school vs. dropping out will earn over $250,000 more than the dropout. Over $450,000 if that student goes on to take some college courses, and well over $1,250,000 if the student graduates from college.

    It seems to me to be well worth the gamble, especially given the repeated record of failure the New Mexico educators have racked up over the years.

    It would be additionally gratifying to see the many good teachers in the state whose desire for success has been summarily squelched by the left leaning educationist establishment that revels in mediocrity and values self-perpetuation over excellence, finally liberated and allowed to educate our children to their full potential.

    We can’t go much, if any, lower in education quality. Let’s give Martinez and Scandera’s ideas a fair try.

  5. I have come to the Leslie Linthicum is a puppet for liberal causes. This one being the Teacher’s union! Our schools are 48th in the Country, and the Democrat’s in cahoots with the teacher’s unions continue to keep us down at the bottom! let’s face it: it’s not about the children and education! it’s about the union and kick backs to the Democrats in the legislature. This article stands out to show this!

  6. If my father was here he would say…’there is a big difference between ignorant and stupid people…ignorant people have a desire to learn…stupid people do not’.

    If education is a process of learning, why do we limit the resources? 47 States are better at education than New Mexico. It would seem we might learn something just from that fact, but it is discounted. We hear it so often…it goes something like, ‘just because it works in other states does not mean it will work in New Mexico’. All outside ideas are dead on arrival.

    The New Mexico education system is the classic…doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. It would seem the people in charge of the educational system in New Mexico, union leaders and some journalist have no desire to learn and are handicapping those who have the desire…the students and their teachers.

  7. I’m not sure where the bitterness in Linthicum’s column came from, but she seemed to me to be completely over the top on this issue, or as someone else pointed out, non-issue. New Mexico needs to do something about our dismal education system. I don’t care if consultants come from the dark side of the moon, we need positive action or nationally and statewide we are not going to be competitive on the world stage. Especially in New Mexico, we seem to be sinking lower and lower in scholastic achievement and if that continues it will be to our detriment.

  8. One thing the “good people” of New Mexico fail to see about why Ms. Skandera has to import outside talent is the fact that we rank 48th in America and with America 28th in the world , Where does that really put us? We have no talent in this state to draw from, or at least that the “powers that be” will listen to.

  9. Leslie (and Sam Bregman, etc) got the bad case of brain failure. . hammerin’ the Journal with their infantile whining.
    Don’t they remember that we just somehow got through 8 years of Dems and the “Education Governor” at the helm and we’re still at the bottom of Obama’s ’57’ states in education.Same ol’ same ol’: Liberals bemoan their loss of power and Conservatives offer to try new ways to correct problems.

  10. I agree with Buck Monday. If we have been throwing money at the education problem for the past ten years with dismal results, I think a fresh outsider look is EXACTLY what New Mexico needs to audit a system that is broke.

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