"Dear Ira Glass"

"Dear Ira Glass"

Here's a letter written by a disappointed Chicago high school teacher named DJ Cashmere (@cashmeredaniel) to This American Life's Ira Glass about the coverage of Harper High School in two recent shows:

"While I understand that you were interested in investigating the impact of violence on Harper, I was still stunned that education and learning were completely absent from a two-hour broadcast about a school. In the end, I believe that your coverage served to excuse many of the most harmful practices in our schools today and perpetuate some of the most harmful myths about urban education."

Read the letter and let us know if you think it's a fair critique. Did the show convey an imbalance of compassion over a critical eye?  Did the show convey the belief that gangs were inevitable?

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  • I was wondering when Teach for America would get around to a rebuttal. The criticism of a TFA member to those powerful shows was about what I'd expect.

  • Ah yes, the great Daniel Cashmere. If you go to his blog at http://tendyourplanet.com you can read other great posts from this TFA alum. I particularly like the one calling parents who supported the teachers strike uninformed and the one defending Michelle Rhee's push for increased reliance on standardized testing. Have we found Russo's successor?

  • Mr. Cashmere is not a Harper HS teacher and as far as I know he isn't even a CPS teacher, full time or substitute. While I think some of his points make sense the post loses it's credibility when it's written by someone with little experience.

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