Many of us have heard this expression hundreds of times. “We are building the plane as we fly it.”
Sometimes at staff development meetings, they show cartoon figures building a plane in mid-air.
Note that the engineers are wearing parachutes.
Note that the passengers–students and teachers–have no parachutes.
Bear in mind that the idea of building a plane as it is in mid-air is insane.
The next time you hear this expression, do one of these things:
Get up and walk out.
Hiss loudly (no one ever knows who is hissing).
Boo loudly (riskier than hissing).
Do not quietly sit by while your leader spouts idiotic platitudes.
This leads us to Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance and what he did which troubled several parents while working closely with the Maryland State superintendent of schools Dr. Lillian Lowery.
As was widely reported elsewhere, Baltimore County Public Schools and Maryland State Department of Education held a Common Core forum recently. When a video was posted concerning Mr. Robert Small being arrested for asking a question out of turn at the local school board forum on Common Core, the video received national attention and garnered a million YouTube hits. Dr. Dallas Dance, the Baltimore County Public Schools superintendent and Dr. Lilian Lowery State Superintendent of schools were presiding over that meeting. (The charges against Robert Small were later dropped after a public outcry.)
In the meantime, Jason Schmidt of Beaverton, Oregon was inspired by the video and decided to stand up and not be “cattle”, to coin a phrase by Robert Small during the encounter. He took the photo shown here and posted it on a website for the cause.
With a rally cry of “Stop Common Core! Save our kids!” the concerned citizens of Beaverton School District held a protest last Thursday before a school board sponsored forum on Common Core. The protest was a success… Mr. Schmidt said in a post,
Here in Maryland, a Baltimore Sun article last week highlighted the perspective of Dr. Dallas Dance concerning complaints from teachers about the new curriculum and it contains the following passage:
Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance acknowledged problems but expressed confidence the glitches would be worked out, and that teachers and students would adjust.
“We are building the plane as we fly it,” he said, adding, “but let’s be clear our passengers are safe.”
Insofar as what they’re doing is destined to fail – except to the extent that they are willfully destroying the public schools, in which case they are far too successful – the analogy holds.
Other than that, it would have been better to say they are building sweatshops/work camps, and using the heads of students and teachers as hammers. A picture of such a plane as advocated by Dr. Dance and Dr. Lillian Lowery is insane, something one would say to discredit the whole operation not to credit it. Who would want to board such a plane having that kind of knowledge the plane might crush anytime?
Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance.
Dr. Lillian M. Lowery Maryland State Superintendent of schools has shown poor leadership skills in several ways and received an F grade for Common Core meetings recently.
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