I’ve avoided writing about Diane Ravitch recently because I think it’s now clear to all sensible people that she has gone completely nuts, lacks credibility, and was probably never much of a scholar. But I just couldn’t resist noting that in addition to all of her previous vices, Ravitch is now seeking to play the part of a super-villain. She always had the megalomaniac dimension of a super-villain, but has now added the dimension of making threats if her demands are not met. In a recent post [UPDATED], she declared:
The election, I hear, will be decided in Ohio and Michigan. As it happens, I have a very large following of teachers and principals in both states. My decision could swing several thousand votes in both of these key states. I hold the election in my hands. Bwahahahaha! And if my demands are not met within 24 hours I will reverse the Earth’s gravitational pull and everything will go flying into space. Bwahahaha!
Actually she didn’t say the last bit, but she did say that President Obama should “read this and heed my advice… while you still can, puny Earthling.” Again, she didn’t actually say the last bit, but I think you get the picture.
And in related news… The Chicago Teachers Union has decided to go on strike. In their own effort to play the part of a super-villain, they are demanding that virtually bankrupt Chicago and its Democratic mayor Rahm Emanuel transform all matter in the universe into currency to pay for increased teacher salaries, gold-plated pension and health benefits, and a hot tub for each teacher filled with KFC gravy.
And in related news… the Chicago Tribune has reacted to the demands of these super-villains by calling for vouchers for Chicago students.